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Sony BDPS350


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4 out of 5
Sony BDPS350
Get amazing 1080p Blu ray pictures with the Sony BDPS350 Blu Ray player. your existing DVDs will also be upscaled to look incredible! Playback Blu-ray discs. Playback discs in 1080i screen resolution. Playback discs in 1080p screen resolution. DVD-R playback



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Average Rating:  4 out of 5

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There are 22 reviews for this product.

Great value blue ray player, looks great, very easy to set up, picture quality is superb, upscaling seems to produce good results with some animated films looking as good as HD, I dont have a full HD telivision, just 1080i so results would probably be even better on a 1080p. Bought it to replace an aging hitachi normal dvd player so all round very pleased. Super fast delivery from amazon as usual

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 29Jun2009
 
I bought this machine at Blockbuster. The box was sealed new so although I paid a low price I expected it to work without problems as I have other Sony kit.

The machine would not play either standard DVDs or full price Blue ray.

The registration process with Sony was a joke! The site said my email address could not be used as it was in use. That was true as I had registered other products !

I emailed Sony and although they know I am an existing customer they stopped corresponding when they realised I had returned the item.

Just shows how the mighty can fall.



Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 1 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 11Jun2009
 
Top notch dvd player,does what it says on the tin,and a good looker too Sony BDPS350 Blu-ray Disc Player 1080p Full HD

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 08Jun2009
 
Having recently sold my PS3 due to lack of use I was then at a loss as to what to do with my Blu-Ray discs so I scoured the web to see what was a good one without spending a fortune. As I have a Sony Bravia TV it was recommended that I looked at the BDPS350, or its big brother the 550, as it would all work together. Usually in my book that means the usual sales blurb that doesnt always do what it says on the tin but to my surprise it does!
If you have a Sony TV then setting this up couldnt be easier, and it always does away with having to use multiple remotes as they sync together, but even if you havent then still buy this player as its features are awesome and it looks good without the need for more lights than Blackpool!

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 31May2009
 
Wanted a Blu Ray player for my 1080p tv. Works fine and great quality, and looks good. Discs take a little while to load compared to a conventional dvd player. The copied cds I have tried have worked too.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 26May2009
 
I have now purchased two of these, because they are excellent and easy to use. The service I have received has been absolutely first class, next day delivery before 8am even though they were not ordered until 4pm in afternoon on one ocassion. Would most definately recommend this product as it is completely, in my opinion, idiot proof.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 21May2009
 
Purchased Sony BDPS350 a month ago, delivered on time no problem.Got it out the box hooked it up to 42 Phillips LCDTV with new monster gold plated HDMI cable having gone thro set up of DVD and link to TV settings, and picture no better than ordinary DVD player and sound is weak.Max 100 volme on TV remote and should be blowing my head off but its not.

Now involved in internet electronics specialists from US (and costs)to try and put it right, so havent been able to use for 5 weeks now.Sorry, Not Impressed at all.

TK Dartford Kent

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 1 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 17May2009
 
This is the entry level Blu-ray player from Sony, its been superseeded by the BDP-S360 which is basically the same, but has the internal memory upgraded. So plus USB stick in the back of this model, upgrade the firmware and youre got something as good as the later model (but hopefully with a big discount).

Out of the box it wont play some of the more recent titles, but upgrading the firmware it easy (either connect it to a broadband connection, or download a file, burn it to a CD, then power the unit up with the CD in it). With the later firmware, and a 1G or bigger USB stick in the back, its fully Blu-Ray-Live compliant (for which youll need a broadband connection to it).

If you really want to use the blu-ray-live content, and dont have a wired ethernet connection nearby, then consider the BDP-S550 or BDP-S560. The S560 has Wi-Fi built in, and the S550 will use certain Wi-Fi USB devices to give Wi-Fi connectivity.

It works well, and the setup menus are simple.

If you google around, then there is a remote control hack which allows the DVD side to be made multi-region.

It will down sample as well as up sample, so you can take connect this to your low-res 2nd TV and watch Blu-rays in low-res, which some machines wont allow you to do.

If youre using component video (C-Y) cables, then the later models have better DACs but otherwise they offer few advantages, and the older models have good discounts at the moment.

If your TV supports 1080-24P then you can use that with Movies to massively reduce the motion artifacts.


Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 17May2009
 
Sony BDPS350 Blu-ray Disc Player 1080p Full HD
I have had this player for one week now and I am delighted. I read all the reviews here before I purchased and was not disappointed. I highly reccomend this player. I will not go into details, other reviewers have done that. If you are considering buying this - dont hesitate go ahead and go for it!!!

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 08May2009
 
Bought this player on the strength of other reviews here and wasnt disappointed. This player is capable of remarkable video and sound quality, for such a relatively small outlay. It even upscales DVDs impressively, so much so that I can see little reason to upgrade any of my existing collection of DVDs to Blu-ray except perhaps my all time favourites. It even looks good too. While it is very light and compact, it appears to have good build quality. Only minor complaint would be the menu system which I personally feel is a bit awkward in use and doesnt look as slick as the rest of the package. Overall excellent value.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 30Apr2009
 
Delivery was speedy and ahead of expected deadline. Whilst I can not fault amazon for superlative service, Sony are a disappointment on this one. The Bluray player takes some time to load discs, whirrs for a bit and then starts. Not quick off the mark at all. Bluray sound and picture quality are fantastic and dvd upscaling just great! However, a small note to Sony: improve this product by shipping it with wireless (wi-fi) capability built in like the PSP and the PS3. The RJ-45 Ethernet port is just sooo yesterday.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 3 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 29Apr2009
 
First of all Amazons service - excellent. Right the crawling bit out of the way. As for the Sony player cannot fault it. Excellent picture which scales down to my 1080i capable screen with an intuitive menu system which once navigated the first time makes perfect sense. Upscaling is excellent on DVD and Blu-ray is spot on. Ethernet connection is easy as the DHCP works without intervention and thus far two updates received with no issues (albeit they are large files). Works well with Anynet connectivity on my Samsung with immediate source switch on power up and power down on the player when the tv is switched off. Far exceeds the capabilities of my AV Receiver but nonetheless with a co-axial connection the sound is clear, precise and well distributed across Dolby 5.1. Only niggle is the `Home` button on the remote - too easy to hit accidently and stop the movie - is this a niggle or user error?

To be honest this is a no brainer at this price point. Just need a W5500 with DVB-T2/MPEG 4 built in now...

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 27Apr2009
 
The picture and sound quality is fine and it is very easy to setup, it also will play Bluray HD content authored onto DVD+/-R discs including dual layer discs. However using Roxio Toast to author such discs (using the Roxio Bluray plugin), while the player plays the video perfectly, it wont display the menus created by Toast even though Ive seen other players do it fine in shops (I dont think Toast is the problem). It also wont play Panasonic or Canon AVCHD DVDs which use 3-letter filename extensions (.MTS and .BDM instead of .m2ts and .bdmv), these have to be authored using Toast, but then of course you cant use the menus and navigation between clips means manually entering the clip number. ITV HD recordings authored in Bluray format using Toast dont play properly, the frame ordering takes two steps forwards and one back, BBC HD is perfect though.

There is also a very annoying lost of HDMI sync when going between playback and home menu, even though both modes are forced to be the same (1080p). On my Sony Bravia this makes the screen go blank for several seconds before it resyncs.

Hopefully these things will be resolved with future firmware updates.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 3 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 25Apr2009
 
I bought this Blu-ray player to use with a new Sony Bravia TV. It has been connected up with a HD Cable branded lead 2m (6.5ft) High Speed PLATINUM HDMI Cable (Cat2 rated). As advised in the Sony manual I did update the unit online when I got it by following the straightforward instructions provided - that gave it the latest version of the software.
Using the player has been easy as its not really any different to using a normal DVD player and also the remote control is laid out well. The picture and sound are both top class when using Blu-ray discs. I was aware that the quality was supposed to be substantially better with Blu-ray so I played The Shawshank Redemption on Blu-ray through this player at the same time as playing the DVD version through my normal Sony DVD player. The difference in quality really was surprising and I was left wondering how Id put up with such a poor picture on standard DVD for all of these years! Playing that same DVD through the BDP-S350 yielded quite good results too (due to the upscaling) so I wont rush out to replace my existing discs with their Blu-ray versions - Ill just watch them through this machine instead.
It would have been nice to see a good HDMI lead supplied in the box, but apart from that I have no complaints.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 23Apr2009
 
I thought DVD was good after watching films on VHS, blue ray, however, makes DVD, although good, looking like a poor second. The detail in the picture is fantastic, and the sound much enhanced even without external speakers. Setting up the Blue ray was so simple a child could have done it, and they probably do. With the HDMI cable also bought to link the player to the Sony HD, picture and sound are superb, and as for the price well done Amazon, great deals.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 14Apr2009
 
This is my first Blu_Ray player and Im very impressed. It took no time at all to set up, just plugged it in using a HDMI lead (sadly not included in the box but can be picked up for a few quid), push a couple of buttons to select TV type and resolution and youre good to go.

The machine itself is quite small and light, the instruction manual is easy to follow, the remote is ok but some of the buttons are poorly placed. Nothing too bad here, it just took me a while of accidentally pressing the Home button to get used to it.

The first disc I tried was The Dark Knight and the clarity blew me away! The disc takes ten seconds or so to boot up but from then on its all very quick and easy to navigate the menus. Check out reviews of The Dark Knight Blu-Ray to know what I mean.
I also watched The Incredible Hulk and Revenge Of The Sith on standard DVD and they look amazing. The Blu-Ray player technology upscales the resolution and adds clarity and punch to the colours. Fire balls leap off the screen, light sabres never looked so good!

Highly recommended.


Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 26Jan2009
 
Can someone please explain what has happened to the previous comments about this BDP.

I notice that the Amazon Title now has the words Next Generation added. But surely, Sony dont make 2 versions of the S350 or do they, is one better than the other ?

I was going to buy this, at £168, and with the other reviews which averaged 4 1/2 stars. But Im not sure now.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 23Jan2009
 
I was going to buy the Samsung unit but was put off by the Amazon reviewsSony BDPS350 Blu-ray Disc Player 1080p Full HD Having got this instead i am very pleased with it- used in conjunction with Samsung 1080p LCD TV/HDMI - works very well but SONY need to rewrite the instruction book so people understand it a lot easier-looks to have been written by a technician- lots of connection options but u need to know your onions to understand it all-i got it working easy enough but wonder if it could be better- SONY instructions need to be better explained- big problem trying to register product as SONY web site not working- you need to register using enclosed CD in order to qualify for 2 free Blueray discs- Picture quality of Pirates of Caribbean absolutly magic- i now need a cimema speaker system to get the full effect- Hopefully SONY will get their act together and reduce Bluray prices as they are far too expensive.It is just a fancy DVD disc to be honest.Spend the money and u will not be dissapointed.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 19Jan2009
 
I bought this Blu Ray player (Sony S350) for Christmas. The bonus was I got 2 free blu ray disks - (Batman Begins and Casino Royale) which isnt advertised on Amazon. I even contacted Amazon customer service (because I heard about these Sony promotional offers) to which Amazon replied, theres no promotional offer and you dont get 2 free blu rays. Well guess what Amazon I did! You get a cd-rom with your blu ray player, which then links you to Sonys website, fill in the registration form and voila, youll get sent youre 2 free blu rays.

I am very impressed with the quality and sharpness of the blu ray disks I play. I have tried it on both a Samsung TV and a Sony Bravia TV. The high definition was good on both, however it seemed that little bit better on the Sony Bravia, and also because the sound quality was much better coming through the Sony Bravia TV speakers. An example of quality was on the Mamma Mia Blu Ray, where the sea is absolutely stunning and the Greek island very picturesque (making you long even more for a holiday!) Sometimes it seems the characters are in the actual room with you, its that good.

I dont know the technical facts, but I was in the cinema yesterday and looked at the sharpness and overall clarity of picture. I reckon this Sony Blu Ray disk player produces a better quality picture than the cinema. However its a shame I dont have a cinema size tv at home, or the surround sound speakers to go with it!

The Blu Ray Player is a nice looking unit, however the light that is illuminated on the front is white. Considering it is BLU-RAY, I was hoping the ray would be blue if you catch my drift! The main problem I have with the unit though is that it seems to take forever to load up a blu-ray disk. The time does vary from one blu ray disk to another though for some reason. Once it has loaded you cant go immediately to the menu. You have to sit through various things at the beginning (anti-piracy etc) before you can get the menu up. Once you finally get the menu up, you then press play film and then you have to wait again for it to load!

I noticed in an earlier review (Chris Whites) he mentions you cant stop the blu ray disk and then resume watching at a later time. Ive had no problems with that function. I just press stop once, and then press play and it will always pick up where I left off, as long as I havent pressed eject at any time (obviously).

Setting up was a doddle, so much easier than setting up my Sony DVD Recorder when I had to call in a TV engineer as it was so complicated (even he struggled), but I guess that was because it was a fairly new concept when I bought it years ago.

Remember you will need to buy an HDMI to HDMI lead if youve got a HDMI compatable TV, because its not included. Alternatively if you have an older tv, youll have to check the manual but I think its an HDMI to DVI lead. You shouldnt have to pay any more than £10 for either though.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 10Jan2009
 
I bought a Sony 32V4000 LCD tv and decided to go for the Blu Ray player too. I purchased the tv and HDMI cable from amazon which I received the next day, but got the player from elsewhere as £20 cheaper.
I have been really impressed with Sony set up. Just fill in the options and away you go!
My tv isnt 1080p and the 1080p option wont work or downgrade on this player. For 720p/1080i tv like mine set for 1080i. I went for the 32v4000 over the 32w4000 mainly owing to price but also that you dont see the benefits for 1080p unless the screen is above 32` apparently (friend of a friend who manages a Sony shop).
I put in an old DVD (Lord of the Rings) to test and the picture has blown me away. The upscaler appears really good and the picture so much smoother than the old DVD player I had. I will probably borrow my mates Blu Ray Indiana Jones to see what the difference is with that. He uses PS3 on a 46` Sony X series and the picture is really awesome.
Also the size of the product is good and not bulky at all.
Overall I am really impressed with the Sony products I have bought (previously Toshiba 28` CRT/DVD/Video owner) and would recommend them.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 09Jan2009
 
Ill keep this review simple, as the others before me have already explained in detail. This is a pretty good Blu-Ray player. No question about Sony quality, and its an excellent value for what it delivers.

The real important thing you should know:

- Video quality is amazing, brilliant! To be fair, its pretty much due to the Blu-Ray quality over DVD quality, not so much of this particular player. And remember, to enjoy all the beauty of this technology, you do need a good TV (LCD or Plasma) of at least 32inches in my opinion.
- The same applies for Audio, the Blu-Ray quality is top top, but to enjoy it you must have a AV receiver (i.e. Home Cinema / Theatre). You wont experience too much of an improvement out of your TV speakers (no matter how good your TV is, Im afraid);
- Blu-Ray IS SLOWER THAN DVD to read. But heres something nice about this particular player, its a bit faster than its competitors (however still slower than DVD, but you can accept that, because the image/sound is sooooo much better).

Conclusion: If you have a nice TV / sound system, you should definitely consider getting a Blu-Ray player (and giving away your DVD player, as you can play DVDs on the Blu-Ray one). And in this case, this model is the best value for your money.

PS: An extra thing for SONY users. It has BRAVIA Sync, so you can control all your SONY stuff (TV, AV receiver, Handycam etc) from any remote control.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 09Jan2009
 
This entry-level player provides great picture and sound. I have just two gripes (hence why Im not giving it the full five stars). Updating the firmware is a pain when your router is located on the other side of the house. There is no wireless connectivity (unlike Sonys PS3) and a network cable is necessary. Despite having component inputs on my desktop (which is near my router) Ive been unable to get it to display a picture so I can monitor the menu when updating.

Also, the resume play function has not worked on any Blu-ray disc Ive tried. A single press of the stop button should enable the player to remember where you were to continue an interrupted viewing. Not so in my experience, Im afraid: a full reload is required every time.

However, these quibbles should not detract from the players merits. It really is a first-class machine. A couple of tips: for full 1080p DVD upscaling to work, you must select the appropriate menu option as its set on auto by default and will play DVDs at 480p unless changed. Finally, no HDMI cable in the box, which I think is usual anyway for this type of product.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 02Jan2009
 


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