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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to the BDP-S370, March 22, 2011
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This review is from: Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (2011 Model) (Electronics)
I just purchased two of these - one for myself and one for an out-of-state friend. I'm using mine with a Sony Bravia 1080p flat screen; my friend is using hers with an older 30 inch CRT TV (4:3 aspect ratio) until she gets around to taking her flat screen out of its box.

I was thinking about getting a unit with built-in WiFi, but before making the purchase(s), I did some research online and heard (read) some horror stories about streaming via WiFi that were, let's say, somewhat less than complementary (glitches, disconnects, freezes requiring reboots, etc.), so I decided to purchase this unit BECAUSE it didn't have WiFi (why pay for a feature that I'm not going to use?). I already have a Sony BDP-S370 (using it with a Samsung flat screen) and like it a lot; I would have bought two more of them, but they weren't available directly from Amazon when I ordered, so I got these - I prefer buying from Amazon for their returns policy. Also, the BDP-S380 supports 'vudu' AND it has an on-screen digital throughput speed readout (in Mbps) which appears when streaming is starting up - both welcome additions!

My setup took about 15 minutes from the time I opened the box until I was watching discs, Amazon VOD, and Netflix (the only ones that I've set up so far). I connected the BDP-S380 to my TV via HDMI, and my LAN via Ethernet cable and everything just worked (of course, I had to set it up for my Amazon and Netflix accounts, but that took less than five minutes each). After going through the on-screen quick start menus, the unit told me that there was a firmware upgrade available, so I told it to do it, and a few minutes later, it finished and turned itself off (normal when upgrading firmware).

My friend's setup took a bit longer, since she had never set one up before and I couldn't see what was happening while I tried to talk her through everything (from memory). She connected to her TV using the (supplied-in-the-box) AV cable. Because her TV was 4:3 aspect ratio, some of the menus didn't display legibly, which is probably what made things take a bit longer. Anyway, we got everything working properly within about 20-25 minutes.

One thing of note I would like to mention is this: all BD players manufactured after 01/01/2011 have DRM firmware which prevents HD signals from using any output other than HDMI. For me, that was no problem since I was using HDMI; since my friend was using AV, everything was displayed on her TV in SD (not really a problem since that is all it's capable of displaying anyway, and she'll be using HDMI if she ever sets up her flat screen *:^).

I'm very pleased with this unit (and so is she). Its outputs are crisp and solid, its user interface is staight-forward and easy to understand, and its physical size, shape, and appearance should fit in anywhere.

Definitely a 5-star device.

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NETFLIX Note (04/15/11):

It seems that Netflix is no longer limiting selections to your Instant Queue! There is now a choice entitled "Top Picks For You" -- also, you can now press "Options" on the Remote and when you select "Categories >" you will be presented with a Category list from which you can search and select movies! Yay!!
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2011 11:31:11 AM PDT
Woodsman says:
What are differences b/t S380 and S370? Any extra features of note?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2011 3:15:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2011 10:25:16 AM PDT
Peter says:
I've lookinng, but the only things that I found that I can easily verify is that the 370 is slightly larger than the 380 and that the 380 has a digital streaming speed indicator which appears when streaming is starting, and it supports vudu streaming.

I haven't stopped looking - I'll post more if/when I find it.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 10:42:53 AM PDT
Diego Solano says:
excuse me but do you know if this player will play .avi files ? because I save some movies on my external hard drive and I wish to find a bluray player that can play these

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 11:48:43 AM PDT
Peter says:
According to the User's Manual, which you can download from Sony's website, it lists (on page 25) "Playable Types of Files." Under File Format "Xvid", ".avi" is listed as a supported file format.

I haven't actually tried it, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2011 9:35:22 AM PDT
Diego Solano says:
but is it true what the video reviewer said ? that it is slow to load movies and it lags the video ?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2011 10:20:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2011 10:21:25 AM PDT
Peter says:
Judge for yourself:
Loading "Avatar Extended Directors Cut" Blu-ray from a powered down player:
37 seconds till the Blu-ray warning comes up
90 seconds till the BD loading animated icon starts moving
~200 seconds till the movie menu appears

Loading a "Leverage" Season Two DVD:
25 seconds till the Paramount screen starts
~50 seconds till the previews start

Note - all those times are all from the disc tray loading, and are NOT cumulative. My "Quick Start" setting is "Off".

I don't see anything extraordinarily long in those times, do you?

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 8:49:37 AM PDT
Roy In L.A. says:
Do you know if you can stream Amazon Prime Instant Video (the free ones.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2011 9:14:04 AM PDT
Peter says:
Yes, you can.

Posted on May 10, 2011 6:21:51 PM PDT
Sony BDP S380 Blu-ray. I have the one with built in WiFi but I'm a little confuse about this one. Are you saying I have to buy a USB wireless adapter and a Wi-Fi adapter to make this work. I have DSL and didn't have any problems with the built in one. Sony did fool me. I thought this on work without having to buy any other part. If I don't have to buy both of these, which one works the best?

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2011 6:35:12 PM PDT
Peter says:
To use the Sony BDP-S380 with WiFi, you need to purchase Sony's UWA-BR100 USB Wi-Fi adapter - no other USB WiFi adaptor will work.

I assume you already have a WiFi network network set up.
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