Conclusion: For a bargain-bucket price of 230 GBP, Sony’s BDP-S 350 delivers first-rate movie pictures and hard-hitting HD audio as a bitstream. It does not, however, match the quality of its all-singing, all-dancing relative the PS3, which has better DVD and HDTV de-interlacing, as well as more comprehensive...
Pros: Excellent 24p movie picture., Bitstream-output of HD audio., Update promised for BD-Live.
Cons: Flicker in progressive DVD pictures., No decoder for DTS-HD.
Summary: Finally, a Blu-ray player from Sony for everyone to get excited about. This player is relatively quick to load discs, picture performance is superb, and its wonderful menu system and speed at dealing with interactive features make it well worth its bargain price.
Pros: Picture; sound; styling; performance; menu system; low price.
Cons: Could be cheaper still; no 7.1 audio outputs or DTS-HD MA decode.
Summary: Any way you look at it, the Sony BDP-S350 is an excellent Blu-ray player. It's well designed and easy to use. It supports high-end Blu-ray features such as BD-Live. And it produces good-looking images.
Excerpt: The BDP-S350 is Sony’s follow-up to the popular BDP-S300. One of the most inexpensive standalone players on the market, the BDP-S350 includes some great new features that the BDP-S300 design didn’t have.
Excerpt: Designed for the living room rather than a server closet, this Blu-ray box has a petite 17 x 9-inch footprint and flaunts an attractive display, all beveled edges and hues of mirrored blue. The form may be cool, but the function is eye-poppingly hot.
Pros: Excellent value. Built-in ethernet to fetch firmware upgrades and BD-Live extras. Picture-in-picture feature will thrill the attention-deficit set. Film buffs with high-dollar TVs will dig the optional 1080/24p output.
Cons: Lousy networking setup; we had to enter everything manually. Primitive remote. Doesn’t ship with BD-Live installed.
Sony BDP-S350 BD-Live Ready Blu-ray Disc Player Review
9 September 2008
Conclusion: The Sony BDP-S350 may not be perfect, but it offers a great value at a reasonable price and is well built to boot. The player's BD-Live ready status makes it ready for the future of the format. [editors's note, the BD-Live upgrade has been delivered and the player now supports BD-Live] .
Pros: Slim design yet sturdy build, Bitstreaming of the advanced audio codecs, TrueHD Decoding, 1080/24p output, BonusView compatible and BD-Live ready, Quick startup and disc load times, Excellent HD picture quality with 1080p source material, Handles 3:2 pulldown well, Slim design yet sturdy build, B...
Cons: Poor deinterlacing of 1080i content, No DTS-HD HR/MA Decoding, Slightly confusing settings options, Recessed USB Port
Summary: I acquired a Sony BDP-S550, Sony BDP-S350, and PS3. In the 3 weeks that I've had this player, it's done a good job on video and audio quality. I'm running it on a 37" Hitachi connected through HDMI. I've never had any of the stutters or other audio/video glitches that others have mentioned.
Excerpt: At first glance it is easy to tell this is a blu-ray player. The Sony BDP-S350 continues with Sony’s current trend of Blu-ray player styling, with a plain glass effect front panel with a slight blue tinge.