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 multimedia capabilities. On the other hand, the S 350 does offer simpler operation and lower power consumption.
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: You can find cheaper Blu-ray players on the market, but the Sony BDP-S350 is a strong bet. This model delivers a solid all-around package, and it does so at a price that won't break your wallet.
Excerpt: Now that the price has dropped on Sony’s BDP-S350 to $299, full-featured Blu-ray Disc players are coming into reach for the rest of us. Early generation Blu-ray Disc players were not only more expensive, but bulky, and took a long time to start up (time to run to the kitchen for a snack). Sony addressed these problems in the BDP-S350, a player that launched this past summer.
Pros: Quick Start option; good menu system; high clarity; nice black levels, excellent color
Cons: No line-out audio; no DTS-HD Master Audio decoder; not all flash drives fit
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. Sony overhauled its form factor, with a case that’s nearly half the size of the company’s earlier players. The player also employs a sleek new interface that uses Sony’s popular Xross Media Bar.
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] . It has excellent native 1080/24p playback and will work well with 1080i content if you have a scaler or display that can do the proper deinterlacing for you.
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, 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 qua...
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. I can say right off that Panasonic has taken the sting out of the higher price of Blu-Ray players with a good offering of features you won't find in other models.
Excerpt: Also it won’t decode DTS-HD Master Audio, but it will output HD audio in bitstream to a compatible AV Receiver like the Onkyo 607. The player is also missing 5.1 analogue inputs. For the price, it’s a great player that does all the right things – sound and picture are fabulous of course, but even the remote and menu system are a joy to use. It has all the inputs you need, including ethernet (for updates and BD-Live) and a USB port.
Excerpt: 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.