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Sony continue to produce solid bluray players and this is no exception.,
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This review is from: Sony BDPS6200 3D Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi and 4K Upscaling (2014 Model) (Electronics)
The BDP-S6200 lives at the top of Sony's North American bluray players range for 2014. This player is essentially a replacement to the well liked 2012 BDP-S790 Sony BDPS790 3D Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi with a few features removed, but a few features added. More on that in a moment.
The player keeps the familiar XMB (Cross Media Bar) interface just like its previous players. Its functional but I can't help feel its days are numbered since Sony has done away with it on their TV range. You can choose to start the player in the Sony Entertainment Network portal if you wish ... but it really doesn't offer you anything different from starting the player normally within the XMB.
This top player gets a dual core processor (like the BDP-S790) so disks load fast and app navigation is zippy. A good test is to use the Youtube app that seems pretty CPU intensive. You can normally weed out under performers with that app .... but the BDP-S6200 handles YouTube very well.
App support is solid enough, with new a new Crackle app that supports Crackle favorites. There is a new Hulu app too, but that was released across last years players too. The player also sees the new Netflix interface which is very nice too.
The player also features a new Amazon App for 2014. It's certainly more visual than the older one but I think it's going to take a few software updates to get it tweaked just right.
The player also has the Opera TV store with a bunch of apps in that too ... so you should be well supported for apps. Note, often asked but there is no HBO Go app on this player.
The player itself, I think looks very stylish ... however if you are looking for more conservative styling, you may want to pick up a older BDP-S790. It doesn't seem as solid as the older BDP-S790 ... but it seems many mass market electronic manufacturers are heading in this direction as a whole, so I'm not really surprised here.
Please note though, that despite Amazon's or Sony product description, there is only 1 HDMI output on the player !!
Now, if you already own a 2013 x100 player from Sony, such as the BDP-5100 Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi, what does this new player offer?
You will get the benefit of Super bit mapping (SBM) which improves color banding evident on internet video, improved DVD upscaling with additional levels of picture adjustment, IP Noise reduction pro for internet video, new audio enhancer, the new Netflix app, a new Crackle app and maybe a new Amazon app once it comes on line.
For 2012 owners that have the BDP-S790, upgrading to a BDP-S6200 they get the benefit of the new audio enhancer, the new netflix app (with 5800kbps support), a new Crackle app and maybe a new Amazon app. They also get improved codec support in MKVs with MPEG2 and VC-1 video codecs. If they have a 2013 or above Sony TV, and appropriate BD media, they can take advantage of extended color (Triluminos). They also get screen mirroring with Android phone and tablets.
They loose the extra HDMI output, Skype support and arguably less solid build.
Again the player does not include a HDMI cable so buyer be pre-warned. Also, as with new bluray players, there is no analog outputs on the player so you're TV must support HDMI. There is a digital coaxial output for receivers that dont support HDMI for audio.
If you do buy one of these and can't figure out how to get HD audio (DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD) output from the player be sure to switch off BD-Audio mix AND the audio enhancer in the audio settings.
Overall, its another solid Bluray player from Sony with some marginal improvements over last years player ... but nothing earth shattering. Recommended.
Thanks for reading.
- update 3/22/14
The new Amazon App is now up and running, as is VUDU on the BDP-S6200. You will need to download a firmware update to enable these apps.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2014 8:58:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2014 12:55:15 PM PST
Sui Lin Chee says:
Interesting. I have the S790 which I really like; dual core processor for streaming speed, and streaming PQ seems very good (compared to my Panny 215 & 220). I committed to the Samsung FM5900 (3 of them, yes, the family likes TV) and found them to be buggy in streaming (although they are cat 6 wired) with frequent drop outs or connection error messages (presumably due to streaming software loading requiring connection to Samsung servers). The Sony 6200 is currently not discounted @ $178 while the FM5900 (59C at Costco) is available at $90-$100. The Sony 5100 (BX51) is on promotional sale at Costco for $80 but doesn't have a dual core processor (although CNET apparently mistakenly attributes one in its review). If Sony is improving Internet video, it's a better approach than "smart" hub/apps that Samsung is investing in (with buggy server capacity).
Posted on Feb 23, 2014 12:42:31 PM PST
i'm going to buy this one or the S790, which is recommended? this one is cheaper.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2014 9:10:58 PM PST
I would say save yourself some money and get the 6200. However at the time of writing amazon prime instant and vudu are still saying coming soon. If this is important to you then go with the 790, as those services are operational on that player now.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 5:17:18 AM PST
Gordon Bernard says:
Hi, can you tell me if this player has a usb input on the rear please?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2014 1:59:10 PM PST
Can the remote volume from this DVD player be set to run the sony htct660 sound bar?
Posted on Feb 26, 2014 10:17:23 AM PST
T. A. Nicolai says:
Thanks for the great review. The BDP-S790 or this unit are a couple of the units I am looking at along with a couple of others.
Did you actually own a BDP-S790? I noticed in the manual that it will not play .mkv files through DLNA and the BDP-S6200 will. Since most of the media i use is in the .mkv format and resides on a DLNA Network HDD, this is a big concern for me. Has any firmware update taken care of that issue? I would prefer to go with the S790 because I prefer the simple design of that unit over the S6200. That and the plastic (it is plastic, isn't it?) diamond shape top on the 6200 does not appeal to me. I have seen some demo units of other Sony machines that use that type of design (and plastic tops) and they do not hide scratches very well.
Was also wondering... have you tried to play any region free PAL DVD discs on this unit? According to the manual it will not play them. Just wanted to know for sure as I have several region free PAL DVD discs. Not a deal breaker as I have two other players that will play them.
Streaming from internet is not a concern for me so those features will not be used. I do like a few of the added features on the S6200 that the S790 does not have.
Any information will be helpful and thanks in advance. Enjoy the new player.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2014 4:42:26 PM PST
No. The remote can control certain TVs but not Sound bars. Sony does have some great universal remotes for not too much money. Worth a look.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2014 4:46:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2014 4:49:46 PM PST
Yes, I did own the S790. Had it at launch 2 years ago. The S790 will play MKVs via DLNA but only with the AVC/Mpeg 4 video codec. DTS and Dolby Digital audio is support too. DTS-MA audio however is problematic. You can remux the MKV to a M2TS container, where DTS-MA will playback ok. As will MPEG2 and VC-1 video.
A compatible DLNA server is really required for these Sony players. Use Serviio and select the correct profile.
The player will not play 1080i/50 PAL video or PAL DVDs even if they are region free. You can however make backups of these discs and the files will play, but note the comments above about video codecs, etc.
As far as build both the S790 and 6200 are plastic, however the base of the S790 is more solid. The S6200 is a elegant looking player but in some cases perhaps not very practical if you need to stack.
Posted on Feb 26, 2014 7:08:58 PM PST
Can you comment on the web browser? I'd like to know if it can be used to watch replayed shows from CBS, ABC... or boxing fight from hbo.com/boxing. Thanks.