Not only is the BDP-S570 a smooth operator, but it also delivers outstanding picture quality. The deck’s video circuitry takes every last pixel of Terminator Salvation’s 1080p transfer from the disc and delivers them to the screen over HDMI in the purest, cleanest way possible.
The result is meticulous detail reproduction, best demonstrated by the movie’s sparse, desolate landscapes – as Marcus evades a T-600 in chapter 4, the razor sharp presentation of battered buildings and rubble really brings the scene to life. As it cuts to the T-600, you can make out all of its grisly mechanical detail. None of the image subtleties escape the Sony’s grasp.
This, combined with the punchy blacks and excellent shadow detail, gives the image the sort of depth and cinematic lustre we long for. The colour palette is strong yet natural, rendering Bryce Dallas Howard’s pale skin as convincingly as Christian Bale’s darker, dirt-smudged face.
It’s also a dab hand with motion, keeping judder at bay on camera pans, and it passes all the key tests on the Silicon Optix HQV Blu-ray disc. DVDs also look superb when upscaled to 1080p, making this a fantastic choice if you have a large collection of SD discs that you don’t want to replace.
Testing out the S570 gave us the chance to dust off some of our old SACDs, and the BDP-S570 does an excellent job with them. The bubbly rock of The Police's Greatest Hits sounds warm, dynamic and most importantly detailed, with clear vocal reproduction and a healthy amount of bass.
Sony took a while to get its act together, but it’s finally making some of the best Blu-ray decks in the business, and the BDP-S570 is one of them. Actually, calling the BDP-S570 a Blu-ray deck is like calling the iPhone a mobile – it does so much more than play discs, with a range of smooth networking features and wide multimedia support. Yes it’s expensive, but the astonishing feature list, spellbinding performance and top-drawer operating system could make it the best £200 you’ll ever spend.