Sony BDP-S760 Blu-ray Player - Sony BDP-S760

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


The onscreen display is also very useful, showing you the video format, frame rate, audio soundtrack and running time info. Sadly, hitting the main menu button stops playback and makes you lose your place in the film if there’s no resume mode.

The remote is impressive. The pivotal menu direction controls are placed exactly where your thumb assumes they’ll be, and the important buttons (Home, Pop-Up Menu, Top Menu, Return) are helpfully circled round them. Elsewhere, everything is clearly labelled and uncluttered but the icing on the cake is the backlight, which illuminates the playback and menu controls for easy navigation in the dark.

A run-through of Inglourious Basterds on Blu-ray reveals the Sony to be a fantastic picture performer. Detail retrieval is as good as we’ve seen from any Blu-ray player, making the sets, costumes and facial close-ups look devilishly real and three-dimensional. There’s an unmistakable depth and solidity to the picture that cinephiles will relish, while the colour palette is faithful and nuanced.

With 1080/24p output engaged we could discern no judder problems with sudden fast movements and camera pans, and the Sony also gets a clean bill of health with DVDs and all of the tests on the Silicon Optix HQV disc. All in all the Sony’s picture performance is every bit as impressive as the LG BD390 and other top-class players from the likes of Pioneer, Panasonic and Denon.

And on the audio side, the BDP-S760 is equally competent, delivering HD audio soundtracks through its multichannel analogue outputs with sparkling detail and breathtaking dynamism. It orchestrates the chaos of Inglourious Basterds' cinema fire climax with effortless control, injecting the soundstage with loads of tight bass and crisp surround effects. Switch over to the analogue stereo outs and CDs sound punchy and absorbing, making this a viable replacement for that ageing CD deck hogging space in your system.


The BDP-S760 is by far the most impressive Sony Blu-ray player we’ve encountered. Its picture and sound performance is up there with the best of them, the operating system is a dream to use and the feature list is a vast improvement on previous Sony players, with built-in Wi-Fi being the obvious highlight.

But is it good enough to topple the LG B390? Not quite. The LG’s feature list is vastly superior, allowing you to stream a wider array of movie and music formats over your network and not just JPEGs, plus it throws in YouTube access for good measure. What’s more the Sony is slower to load discs, lacks built in BD Live memory, only plays JPEG from USB sticks and to top it all off it’s more expensive. Looks like Sony will have to settle for second best…

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 9


January 22, 2010, 8:37 pm

I am yet to be convinced of the benefit to having any stand alone Blu-Ray player when the PlayStation 3 does such a good job already.

Audio and Video decoding is all done in the digital domain that gets passed out the HDMI pretty much bit for bit so unless there is some extra (unnecessary) processing going on, there shouldn't be any A/V improvements. The rest of the features such as BD Live and other file playback are all handled by the PS3, not to mention it still has the quickest disc loading times.

Thomas C

January 22, 2010, 10:45 pm

How does the picture quality on this deck compaire to that of the PS3?


January 23, 2010, 12:29 am

@Orinj: seeing as these standalone decks are continuing to sell regardless of the supposed benefits of the PS3 that you gamers tire us with every time theres one reviewed here says something.

Mark Hewitt

January 23, 2010, 1:45 am

I have both a PS3 and a DBP-S760 (Yes I know - I'm a Sony fanboy) and the BDP-S760 is a much better blu-ray player, mainly because it is very quiet. My PS3 makes too much noise - ok when playing a game but not so good when watching a film.


January 23, 2010, 5:43 am

'around £50 more expensive' than the LG?.... it's £106 more - the clue is in the cost at time of reviews!

also like the quote 'BDP-S760 is a much better(than the ps3) blu-ray player, mainly because it is very quiet' ...because that's the epitomy of a great blue ray player, isnt it, whether louder or not than a gaming console.


January 24, 2010, 1:12 am

@ffrankmccaffery: Sure they continue to sell... and Boots shifts homeopathic remedies by the truckload. Which in itself tells us more about consumers than about the product.

Orinj's basic point is correct. All standards-compliant players should produce bit-for-bit the same output from a 1080p stream, which is that of the software reference decoder that forms part of the standard. If there really are picture quality differences then these are down to post-processing, the benefits of which are subjective.

Not to say that all players are the same - they can be differentiated on quality of deinterlacing and upscaling, connectivity, features, disk-loading speed, user interface, aesthetics, and a number of other parameters (like operating noise, as someone mentions above).

But if player X appears sharper or to have better blacks than player Y then that is because it has post-processed the picture away from the true reference output - which is easily enough done and is in the same vein as switching on Dynamic Bass on a cheap hi-fi - but it can't be objectively characterized as an improvement.


January 25, 2010, 1:26 am

@simonm: my arent you a clever boy except not exactly a great dinner party guest. Orinj's basic point is that a standalone Blueray player is unnecessary since a Playstation 3 already provides that function. Now you yourself argue that operating noise is a downside when judging the merits of a disc spinner. And since the PS3 makes a distractingly large amount of noise than clearly it isnt suitable.


January 25, 2010, 3:04 pm

I hope I haven't started a war against stand alone decks... sorry.

My original PS3's fan can get a bit noisy if it's too hot but despite this has always seemed to trump standalone players for speed and flexibility. The new slim model is apparently much quieter.

I do understand the benefits of stand alone decks but when it comes to Blu Ray playback I cannot justify an upgrade for someone who has a PS3. For a someone new to Blu Ray these may be an option but the cost differential is still minimal.

When they start making them as quick to load and play discs, include a HDD (like the Panasonic recorder) and HD Freeview Recording capabilities and with all the BD-Live 2.0 features that nobody wants anyway I will reconsider.

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