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An excellent, simple Blu-Ray player,
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This review is from: Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black) (Electronics)I needed a secondary Blu-Ray player for the bedroom (my primary being a PlayStation 3 160GB System). I saw this and being a fan of Sony products, due to their reliability and ease of use, I thought that it would fit the bill. I will say that it has a small footprint and does it's main purpose well (playing Blu-Rays). I have seen Stargate (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray], Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Skynet Edition) [Blu-ray], and The Borgias: The First Season [Blu-ray] so far on the player and they all look great. [A note: the player is hooked up to a 4 year old 37" Magnavox 720p LCD].
Aside from it playing Blu-Ray discs I use the player to view movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant streaming services which again, it does admirably (and access to the Amazon streaming library was one of my main reasons for this purchase). Since this was to be placed in my bedroom where I do not have the router I needed it to be wireless and as of yet have experienced no cutoffs in the connection.
Also, the selection of applications to use are excellent. I have made great use of the National Public Radio, Slacker, and Pandora apps. The Moshcam (to view recorded concerts of different music genres) was an unexpected and welcome surprise. I will note though that to access these applications one must create an account with Sony and activate them via an account linker on their "Sony Essentials" site which admittedly was a pain, but not too intrusive.
I take away a half star for the following: The boot time and switching from the various applications in the menu does lag at times and this may be due to the processor and/or memory available (though I am not sure); the boot time can be improved through an option that is analogous to "sleep" mode on a computer. Another important note is that some Blu-Rays have special features that require memory and it appears that this Player does not have onboard memory. Therefore, should you want to access special features you may have to connect a USB flashdrive in order to do so.
Overall, if you want a simple Blu-ray player that has a small footprint and is not complicated to use and has wi-fi capabilities I highly recommend the Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black).
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2012 3:04:31 AM PDT
Bess Heitner says:
I bought this Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black) to play DVDs and watch streaming netflix in my bedroom (have a Roku in the living room). Can you answer two questions: The instructions say to set up using the HDMI cable OR the regular audio in/out three prong connection. Any harm in hooking up both? Also, it was supposed to include the HDMI cable but doesn't (I probably got a returned model). I happen to have just bought a BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6.6 Feet (2m) - Supports 3D and Audio Return [Latest Version]. It's ridiculously long but will it do or should I ask SONY why the HDMI cable was left out and wait for one from them? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 4:54:21 PM PDT
John A. says:
I only use the HDMI cable since I do not have a theatre system set up in the same room so I do not know, but if you do try, please update me. My unit did not come with a cable as well, but I also had a spare one that I connected.
Posted on Aug 23, 2012 12:19:54 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 6:58:56 PM PDT
Derek Schmidt says:
Because 720p is better than 480p or whatever lower resolution that DVD affords, perhaps? Or perhaps because you already own that movie on Blu-Ray (whether or not you have a better TV on which to watch it) but not on DVD?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 11:44:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2012 11:47:54 PM PDT
John A. says:
If you read my review thoroughly, I have Blu-Ray discs that I would like to play in my bedroom as well as using Amazon's Instant video service.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 1:13:25 PM PST
Nice review. I have a question which you may or may not be able to answer.
Does the WIFi allow me to stream the Blu Ray's picture to an Imac?
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