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Sony BDP-S5100 review




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  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100
  • Sony BDP-S5100


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Sublime HD pictures
  • Slick operating system
  • Excellent feature list


  • No DivX support and won't stream MKV
  • No 4K upscaling or second HDMI
  • Needs more catch-up TV apps

Key Features

  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • DLNA file streaming
  • Super Audio CD playback
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £139.99

What is the Sony BDP-S5100?

Sitting just below the premium Sony BDP-S790 (which continues from last year) and the enthusiast-focused BDP-A6000, the BDP-S5100 is the best-specced of Sony’s budget Blu-ray players. It’s equipped with a generous range of features including 3D support (not found on the BDP-S3100) and the ability to stream media files and internet content though its built-in Wi-Fi connection.

At £140, it’s towards the upper end of the budget price bracket, but those looking for a deck that does everything could consider it money well spent.

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Sony BDP-S5100

Sony BDP-S5100 – Design

The Sony BDP-S5100 is one of the most eye-catching players on the market. Sony has eschewed the usual straight edges and clean lines of its rivals for a pointy top panel that’s supposed to mimic the ‘gleaming facets of rock crystal’ – all part of its Sense of Quartz design concept. Whatever – we just think it looks really cool. If you’d prefer a conventional oblong shape to match an AV receiver then go for the Sony BDP-S790 or Sony BDP-A6000.

It sports a sleek black finish and compact dimensions (360mm wide x 199mm deep) that make it easy to slip into tight spaces, perhaps in a bedroom or playroom. There’s a row of four discreet buttons along the front edge, below which is a disc tray, a small LED panel and a covered USB port.

Overall, the design is distinctive yet low-key, attractive without going OTT. The plasticky bodywork has a distinctly budget air but it’s as good as you’d expect for the money.

Sony BDP-S5100 – Connections

In terms of connections, the slender rear panel proffers the bare minimum, but modern TVs and receivers dictate that you don’t really need anything more.

Sony BDP-S5100

There’s a single HDMI v1.4 output – two would have been nice at this price, but that’s reserved for the S790. It’s joined by a coaxial digital audio output, Ethernet port and a second USB port. On cheaper models the latter would be used to connect a wireless LAN dongle, but with built-in Wi-Fi there’s no need – instead you can use it to play media from USB devices or external HDDs without it sticking out the front.


September 24, 2013, 1:02 pm

How long does it take for discs to load/play?
Does it make much fan or motor noise?

I'm looking for a replacement to my PS3 to play Blu Rays but don't want something slower or just as noisy.


October 18, 2013, 8:41 am

There's no picture quality comparison with other Blu ray players reviewed here.


October 18, 2013, 8:49 am

There's no picture quality comparison with other Blu ray players reviewed here. There need to be a comparison table for all players with the highest picture quality at the top


October 18, 2013, 9:34 am

What's picture quality like compared to other players?

Yashodhan Goenka

November 28, 2013, 9:02 pm

Is this region free?

Hello Customer Service

January 6, 2014, 2:22 am

FYI there is a problem with NHL Gamecenter streaming that has not been resolved. Live games play for 15s then buffer endlessly. Customer service denies problems and says the service is working fine. I use Gamecenter without issue on PS3 so I am puzzled why there is a problem with the service on Sony Blu-ray players.


May 3, 2014, 5:17 pm

I have this Blu-ray player and I super happy with it.. Just an excellent all around Blu-ray. Loads up fast and and the wifi works just fantastic. No problems what so ever.

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