Excerpt: Blu-Ray players have finally reached the sub $500 price point and it comes from Sony. Significant because that means it’s finally less than the Playstation 3 which itself has a Blu-Ray disc player. This player is equipped with full 1080p high definition video playback in 24 frames per second (the same rate as film) for faithful playback of your movies.
Sony Connectivity & Quality: Sony BDP S300 Blu-ray Player
Personal Electronics buzz
29 February 2008
Excerpt: Imagine my surprise when I purchased a state of the art Sony HDTV 1080p with Blu-ray capability and the retailer threw in a Sony BDP S300 Blu-ray disc player. Am I a pig in clover? It just shows to go-where there are "scaredy cat" merchants-there are good deals.
Summary: This is a unit that we would buy for ourselves if it weren’t for the fact that we couldn’t make it region free, because we have a huge DVD collection with movies from regions 1 and 4. If you are going to play only region-free (“region 0”) or region 1 discs then this unit is a great pick, especially because its cost/benefit ratio: great price and excellent image quality for DVDs – if the relative slowness of this unit doesn’t bother you.
Excerpt: While the PS3 remains a top-notch Blu-ray player with video game capability thrown in as an extra feature (do I hear groans from Sony marketing?), there are plenty of us who would rather have a dedicated BD player in the house than a game console. The BDP-S300 is an important product, and gives Blu-ray some much needed traction in the affordable Blu-ray player category.
Excerpt: Only Sony delivers such a wide range of Blu-ray Disc™ products from consumer electronics, computers and recordable media to movies, music and games. The majority of major Hollywood studios, virtually all leading consumer electronics, four of the top computer brands, the world’s two largest music companies, PLAYSTATION®3 and the leading gaming companies all support Blu-ray.
Summary: I have used this for several weeks, however only around ten days ago did the HDMI cable arrive. Do not try using a Blu Ray player without the HDMI cable as you will hear music, sound effects but no speech when using Composite cables supplied.