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Sony BDP-S360, BDP-S560 Blu-ray Players Launch

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Sony BDP-S360, BDP-S560 Blu-ray Players Launch

Sony's existing Blu-ray players offered great image quality but precious little else at launch - requiring updates to add features they should have debuted with. Fortunately that sin is being repented for with the BDP-S360 and BDP-S560 which are both much more capable players right out of the box.

Foremost on the amendment list is support for Profile 2.0 Blu-ray discs and all the interactive web-based content offered thereof and the S560 has the useful addition of wireless connectivity. Both players crank up audio support from their predecessors, with decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio.

The S360 and S560 will upscale standard definition DVDs to 1080p, output Deep Colour content and, of course, can cope with 1080p/24 output with compatible discs. Were I feeling a little cynical I could point out this in effect brings Sony's stand-alone players in line with the PS3 several months ago - even the XMB menu system sees a transition - but the output quality will almost definitely be better on the S360 and S560 than the console can muster, so the three aren't all that comparable, really.

In the US the BDP-S560 and BDP-S360 are priced at $350 and $300 respectively, so we can expect UK pricing in the £200 and £250 region at a guess. Who knows with the state of the economy right now, though?

Neil B

March 3, 2009, 7:40 pm

I really don't see the point, for an extra &#16350 get yourself a PS3. For that you get a full internet browser and the capability to stream all your media from your PC. I also hear they can be used to play games too...

Simon

March 3, 2009, 9:39 pm

Agreed. I'd rather have a PS3 thanks.

Dave W

March 3, 2009, 10:15 pm

I agree too. But I'd like the PS3 to look like these do.

Premfab

March 4, 2009, 12:43 am

The profile 2.0 comment is not entirely correct. Whilst you had to upgrade the S350 manually, the S550 was profile 2.0 out of the box.





For my use (and every one has different requirements), the PS3 doesn't quite cut it. True it is a fantastic bit of kit, bit it is completely out of place in a home cinema setup.





Firstly, the remote controller is bluetooth only - there is no universal / learning remote on the market that copes with this, so you need to sit down with 2 remote controls.





Second, it gets noisy when the fan kicks in - can actually distract from the movie.





Also, it's not quite rack friendly - in a home cinema setup, the kit is usually in a rack.





Lastly, the price - I picked up my S550 3 months ago for &#163220. You need to shop around.





Before any PS3 lovers bite my head off, I own one and love it. I'm simply expressing my opinion that it's not the best suited for home cinema use - in my opinion.

Neil B

March 4, 2009, 2:07 pm

@Prem, I agree in that it's horses for courses, the PS3 is not a dedicated bit of home cinema kit. But for me it's a one box solution that sits under my TV and looks the part.

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