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  • Sony BDP-S1100
  • Sony BDP-S1100
  • Sony BDP-S1100
  • Sony BDP-S1100

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Dazzling pictures
  • Easy to use
  • Generous internet content

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support
  • No 3D support
  • No DivX playback

Key Features

  • 2D Blu-ray playback
  • Sony Entertainment Network internet content
  • USB media playback
  • 1080p DVD upscaling
  • Sense of Quartz design
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £79.00

What is the Sony BDP-S1100?

The Sony BDP-S1100 is an entry-level player that offers basic Blu-ray functionality at a wallet-friendly price. It’ll play Blu-ray, DVDs, CDs and media files via USB, but there’s no 3D support, built-in Wi-Fi or 4K upscaling. That makes it well-suited to use in a second room where such bells and whistles aren’t essential. If you do rig it up to a router via Ethernet, you can stream Sony’s terrific selection of internet content.

Sony BDP-S1100

Sony BDP-S1100 – Design

The Sony BDP-S1100’s ‘Sense of Quartz’ design and alluring gloss black finish mark it out as one of the best-looking budget decks around. The top panel has sloping, angled edges that mimic the look of rock crystal, which is a refreshing break from the norm. The front edge features a row of four buttons for up-close control (sadly not touch-sensitive) while the lower part of the fascia features a USB port and disc tray.

Predictably, build quality is a little lightweight but we weren’t expecting luxury. Its aluminium bodywork is actually fairly robust for the money. Also noteworthy are the deck’s compact dimensions – 290mm wide by 43mm high – which is much smaller than your average Blu-ray deck, and supports our notion that it would make an ideal bedroom player.

Sony BDP-S1100 – Connections

You can count the number of sockets on one hand, but again that’s commensurate with the price and target audience. There’s a single HDMI output, coaxial digital audio output and an Ethernet port, which should suffice if you’re simply hooking it up to a TV and AV receiver.

Sony BDP-S1100

But if you want stuff like a second HDMI or analogue audio ports, start saving your pennies for the BDP-S790. Also, the BDP-S1100 doesn’t support Wi-Fi dongles, so Ethernet is your only route online.

Sony BDP-S1100 – Features

This deck spins 2D Blu-ray discs and DVDs, upscaling the latter to 1080p if required. It also supports Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio (bitstream and decoded PCM), Deep Colour, Triluminos Colour and BD Live. But the latter requires you to connect a USB memory device (1GB minimum). DTS Neo:6 processing is also on-board.

There’s no DLNA file streaming in the Sony BDP-S1100 but you can play media files from USB devices. The list of supported formats is fairly wide and includes MKV, AVI, TS, ASF and MP4 containers, plus XviD, WMV and AVCHD. On the music side MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and FLAC are supported, plus JPEG, PNG and GIF photos. DivX isn’t supported.

Sony BDP-S1100

Connect the Sony BDP-S1100 to the internet and you can access a terrific range of content. Web portals live or die by their catch-up TV and on-demand movie content, and thankfully Sony offers plenty of both – BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, BBC News, BBC Sport, Sky News, LoveFilm, Netflix and Video Unlimited, Sony’s own on-demand service.

There’s loads more besides, including YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook and tons of other niche apps. Move over to the music section and you’ll find the Music Unlimited service, Berliner Philharmoniker, vTuner internet radio and National Public Radio. Both Music and Video Unlimited are subscription services. Even more web apps are found in the Opera TV Store section.

JalapenoG

October 15, 2013, 11:25 pm

How is the up-scaling quality? Other reviews I've seen suggest the picture is a little soft.

GL

October 18, 2013, 11:38 am

This Sony BDP-S1100 is £50. Will more expensive ones like the S3100, S5100 and Panasonic DMPBDT330EB provide better picture quality or is it all the same?

andyvan

October 18, 2013, 2:08 pm

There may be small incremental improvements, but there won't be a vast difference. Depends quite a lot on your TV and how good it is. If you've got a fairly no-frills set it's probably not worth splurging on the more expensive players.

GL

October 20, 2013, 12:42 pm

Great, thanks. Can you also say something about the noise issue mentioned in some Amazon reviews? Disc playback gets very noisy at times. How does it compare to the other players you've reviewed, and can you make noise level a regular feature of your reviews?

andyvan

October 21, 2013, 8:47 am

Afraid I can't as we don't have the sample anymore.

OR

December 1, 2013, 10:36 am

In general this is a very good little player with amazing picture quality and it is very easy to use,lots of apps available( you need to connect it to the internet which is quite easy to do). The main disadvantage that although it is advertised BBC iPlayer amongst other applications-this does not work after firmware update and currently there is no way to fix it.

ybsae

December 29, 2013, 11:28 am

I was bought one of these for Christmas and notice that there is no wifi compatibility, is there some sort of purchasable plug in device that would enable it to pick up the 'house wifi'?

Adam

January 5, 2014, 8:33 am

Get a Network range extender that has an Ethernet port on it. Basically, you plug your player into this wifi device with an Ethernet cable, and the device then connects wirelessly to your wireless router. I just picked up the N300-WiFi Range Extender (Model: WN3000RP) today, and set it up in about 10 mins. Hope that helps!

R Callander

January 7, 2014, 10:23 pm

I have just bought this DVD but can't get it to work - plugged in hdmi but getting message to say it's not connecting to the tv-can anyone help?

J. MacD

January 8, 2014, 9:28 am

On sites for different vendors it says that this player will play multi Region DVDs. Others don't mention this. Can anyone confirm as to whether it can?

Andrew

January 24, 2014, 11:18 pm

I faced the same problem. I just can not connect this Blu-ray player to Samsung TVset (series 5). Can anyone help?

Winia

January 30, 2014, 5:40 pm

Does this player support to read SRT file??

Winia

January 30, 2014, 5:43 pm

Does this player can read subtitle (.SRT) file??

gozonuts

February 5, 2014, 9:25 pm

I bought this and assumed it had wifi - now it is pretty much useless for my needs and un-returnable. One question - why the fuck is this not wireless? Is this thing from the 90's? My old PS3 is wireless for christ's sakes.

Nomad

February 27, 2014, 6:24 am

Read the product description stupid

James Hewitson

March 18, 2014, 6:16 am

It does yes but not out of the box. I bought my from World import modified, region free DVD and Blu-Ray playback. it really is a great little unit (^-^)

Wandaful

April 27, 2014, 9:19 am

I bought this because it has YOUtUBE on the front of the box... I assumed it would play MP4 YouTube files I have downloaded from YT... It doesn't........

Lyndsey

May 3, 2014, 12:49 am

I received this blu-ray player and all I have is an old (2003) phillips box tv. Is there anyway to use this player with this tv?

Sel

May 28, 2014, 6:06 pm

do you mean FLV files? Is anybody else having issues playing MP4 or MKV?

Miyako O'Conner

December 4, 2014, 2:19 pm

Great article Danny. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Sony Smart TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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