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This review is from: Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black) (Electronics)
A bit slow each time I start it up but, at the current price, is good value for occasional use. Noticeably better than my 3-year-old Samsung blu-ray player.
* Simplifies my network by letting me remove Apple TV and Roku.
* Finds photos on my network (including the external hard drive).
* Streams Netflix without hiccups.
* Assumes I want to fill the whole TV screen (unlike my 3-year-old blu-ray player which left borders on 4 sides), which means 16:9 images look great!
* Mates easily with Logitech universal remote.
* WiFi let me disconnect the last ethernet cable.
* Upconverts very well. I record TV shows on an old analog DVD recorder with an analog cable box. This Sony generates an HD-quality image, which is a sharper image than my 3-year-old blu-ray player generated.
* WiFi sometimes forgets the wireless password.
* Somewhat slow to load menu and connect to Internet (Roku and AppleTV are faster). Plan to wait like you're starting up a desktop computer. If you plan to stream regularly, the start-up process might annoy you.
* Assumes I want to fill the whole TV screen, which means it stretches 4:3 fill the TV screen with fat people.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2012 9:28:06 PM PDT
Go to system settings, quick start mode and turn it to "ON" then you don't have to wait too long for it to turn on. Wifi signal going in and out has to do with your router, settings and how good of a signal you're getting. My router is great, but doesn't have very long range. The player in my room has no problem since the route is here, but the second player is like a room and a half over and that signal is lower and I noticed some videos lagging/restarting do to the signal.
Posted on Dec 2, 2012 9:51:51 AM PST
You can get an accurate 4:3 aspect ratio by changing the Screen Format setting in the Screen Settings. To do so:
* Go to Settings
* Select Screen Settings
* Select Screen Format
Change from FULL (the default value) to NORMAL.
(For some dumb reason SONY made FULL the default--this displays 4:3 in 16:9 ratio--creating those fat-faced people. NORMAL displays the 4:3 ratio accurately. If your TV has a FULL option for Formats, this will also display the 4:3 ratio without distortion.)
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