Excerpt: Quote from review: "Sony basically pioneered Blu-Ray disc technology so it stands to reason that they would be a trusted maker of quality Blu - Ray disc players. However, consumer level Blu-Ray players from Sony and others have historically been slow, clunky and often manufactured on the cheap to make the new technology more affordable for understandably reluctant buyers.
Summary: The Sony BDP-N460's attractive mix of Blu-ray performance, relatively low price, and streaming media options--including Netflix--make it a solid midrange pick, despite some missing features.
Pros: Excellent image quality on Blu-ray movies; streams Netflix, Amazon Video On-Demand, YouTube, Slacker, and NPR; relatively inexpensive given its suite of streaming features; Profile 2.0 compatible; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Cons: No built-in Wi-Fi; lacks onboard storage for BD-Live; no eject button on the remote; many Internet content channels feature outdated content.
Excerpt: Sony sells seven stand-alone Blu-ray players, ranging from its entry level BDP-S360 ($150, HT, July 2009) up to its Elevated Standard BDP-CX7000ES MegaChanger ($1,900, HT, March 2010). But one of the biggest complaints against Sony’s BD players has been the lack of networking features. Well, Sony has addressed that complaint with the BDP-N460.
Conclusion: The BDP-N460 gets a lot of things right but it's not the slam dunk I was hoping for from Sony. Speedy boot-up and shutdown times are a huge plus and I was largely impressed with the unit's internet streaming capabilities. However, the unit's lack of onboard memory and its recessed, inconvenient USB port feels like poke in the eye. Not helping things are the chintzy front panel buttons and a mediocre, non-backlit remote.
Pros: Fast boot and shutdown times; blazing fast disc load times, Robust internet streaming capabilities - including Netflix & Amazon, Improved Netflix Watch Instantly queue browsing
Cons: No onboard memory for BD-LIVE, Recessed USB port out back is destined to annoy, Video menu comingles disc playback with Internet video channels, Lacks multi-channel analog outputs