|Item Weight||9.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.8 x 17.2 x 2.8 inches|
|Item model number||NB500SL9|
|Built In Decoders||Dolby Digital // DTS decoder|
Sylvania NB500SL9 1080p Blu-Ray Player with HDMI Cable
- Full HD 1080p Output
- 1.1 Profile for PNP with Sound
- 24P/60P Output
- 1.3 Version HDMI with 1080p
- One (1) HDMI Cable included
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- Brand Name: Sylvania
- Model Number: NB500SL9
- DVD Type: Blu-Ray disc player
- Parental Lock: Y
- Surround Sound Effects: DTS digital output, Dolby Digital output
Enjoy a whole new world of Blu-ray technology. Upgrade your entertainment experience at your home. Enjoy a new phase of high definition pictures and Bonus View Features.
From the Manufacturer
Enjoy a whole new world of Blu-ray technology. Upgrade your entertainment experience at your home. Enjoy a new phase of high definition
pictures and Bonus View Features.
Blu-ray Disc playback for sharp images in full HD 1080p
Blu-ray discs can hold high definition data, with 1080p resolutions pictures, which are full high definition images. Be prepared to experience the best quality picture in today’s technology.
Enjoy picture-in-picture content and audio played during the main feature if elected on the disc menu. (Bonus View is available only on select movie titles.)
HDMI Output and HDMI Cable is included
HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface is an all-digital audio/video interface which can transmit uncompressed streams. HDMI also incorporates Digital Rights Management technology. It is a modern replacement for older analog standards.
Deep color output for vivid images
The real world has unlimited colors! With our NB500SL9, you will be able to enjoy deep vivid colors created in nature on your TV screen.
24 fps for cinema-like images
24 frames per second (fps) output to create cinema-quality pictures. Experience this technology for smoother natural images.
CD and DVD Compatible
The NB500SL9 Blu-ray Disc Player is CD and DVD Compatible, so you can still be able to enjoy your existing media content with advanced video and audio technology.
Top Customer Reviews
I ran it through it's paces doing various tests (I'm an engineer at heart). Jumping backward and forward between titles was quick and flawless. Pausing and then resuming play was equally flawless. I stopped it and restarted it. It gives you the option to playback from the beginning or to resume where you left off. I chose resume and was very quickly watching it where it left off. Perfect!
Even though it worked perfectly right out of the box, I was curious to check out the menu system. Without even looking at the instructions I found the the setup menu to be very easy and intuitive. I didn't make any changes since the defaults were all what I would have chosen anyway.
Next, I wanted to try playing back a regular DVD. This unit upscales to 1080p. To my surprise, the picture I saw was actually very close to looking like blu-ray! Wow! This is going to make me want to play a lot of my regular DVDs again. Nevertheless, I'm sure I'll always want to watch my favorites using Blu-Ray when I have that option.
Finally, I tried playing back a DVD I recorded myself. Again, it played perfectly with no problem at all. Then, I tried a CD and found it to play perfectly. I also tried a CDROM that has jpeg images on it and that too worked showing the images as a slide show and giving me the ability to choose to view a specific image, or to quickly jump between them.
This is really a great bargain for the price. About the only thing it doesn't do that I would have wanted is to playback mp3 files. But that isn't really a big deal since I have other ways of playing them.
I absolutely recommend this player - 2 big thumbs up!
The firmware can be found at: funai-corp.com/support/Downloads.aspx
EDITED 12/03/08 - The player freezes in multiple places when playing "The X-Files: I Want to Believe." I attempted to play the movie three times and it froze three times, each time required a power-down and restart. I just finished watching the movie on the PS3 and it did not have any issues. There is apparently no way to update the firmware on this player, so I don't expect good results on some titles.
One thing that I discovered that I really do like about this player is that it will allow you to set repeat on all movies, unlike the PS3. The PS3 will not allow some movies to repeat, but I have been able to set them to repeat on the Sylvania. This is not a big deal by any means, but I do like the feature.
EDITED 10/14/08 - It looks like the price has been reduced to $199 now, so this player is more attractive. It is a four-star unit at this price point. The review was written when the price was $279 and the price reduced the star rating. This is a very reasonable price for the player and I expect that it will suit many people. Recommended.
ORIGINAL REVIEW FOLLOWS:
OVERALL 3.5 STARS
I received this unit today and tested it against my Sony Playstation 3. I timed how long it took to perform various actions on both units and the results are as follows:
The Sylvania NB500SL9:
The time from power on to display on screen was 35 seconds without a disc in the tray.
The time from inserting a Blu-ray disc (The Nightmare Before Christmas) to display on screen was also 35 seconds.
The display went black for 1 minute and 4 seconds after the previews, as the BD menu was loading. It took 2 minutes and 2 seconds before the audio handshake completed and the BD menu soundtrack started playing.
The menu is moderately slow to respond, but not painfully so. Moving between menu items is not snappy like it is on the Sony Playstation 3 (Playstation 3 80GB, but it is not slow enough that you don't think the remote is working.
It took 5 seconds to load the Disney Blu-ray screen after pressing play (without intro by Tim Burton). After the Disney Blu-ray intro, it took 25 seconds to get to the FBI warning. It took 13 seconds from the end of the FBI warning to get to the Disney castle scene and then about 3 seconds to get to the movie.
The HDMI audio handshake failed again and I had to reset my processor to get the audio to work.
I pressed "Top Menu" to get back to the menu and it took 1 minute and 2 seconds to return to the menu screen and, once again, the audio did not work. The video and audio cut out and came back on after 1 minute and 4 seconds and the audio was back.
The video output is pretty solid and I don't believe that anyone will have many complaints here. Overall, the video output was excellent and I was very pleased with the performance.
The audio is problematic in my installation and changing the BD audio mode did not fix the handshaking issues. The audio eventually synchronized, but it took a long time and was definitely disappointing.
Apparently the HDMI handshaking is questionable on this unit. I have a Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player and a Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray player and neither have HDMI audio/video handshaking issues with my Integra DTC 9.8 processor. I connected the NB500SL9 with the same Audioquest HDMI cable that I use with my HD DVD player, so I know the cable is not the issue here. I tried all the various settings in the setup section and was unable to resolve the audio handshaking issue, so this is where my testing ended.
This unit might work much better with a different processor than I am using, so consider this a review of how the Sylvania unit works with the Integra DTC 9.8 pre/pro only. With this in mind, I cannot recommend this unit for anyone using the DTC, as the audio handshaking issues are a deal breaker.
I tested the same disc with the Sony Playstation 3 and the results were as follows:
Power on to display took 9 seconds.
The disc was recognized by the PS3 5 seconds after insertion.
It took 29 seconds after insertion to get to previews.
It took 26 seconds to get the the BD menu after the previews. The audio synchronized immediately. Menus are immediately responsive.
It took 3 seconds to get to the Disney castle scene after pressing play without intro.
It took 13 seconds to get to the FBI warning.
It took 26 seconds to get to the BD menu after pressing "top menu" from the movie.
If you are in the market for a Blu-ray player, I would still suggest the Sony Playstation 3, as it doesn't cost very much more and performs far better in every way. Playstation 3 80GB
IMPORTANT... see below:
When connected directly to my Mitsubish WD-73833 DLP set, the HDMI handshake was immediate, so the issue is with how this unit's HDMI port handshakes with my Integra DTC 9.8 processor. I cannot say how this handshakes with other processors, but I suspect that it will work well with many processors.
Overall, I will give this unit a 3.5 star rating, as I am certain that it will work very well in some settings, but not in mine. I would give the Sony PS3 a 4.5 star rating and would still recommend it over the unit reviewed here.