Excerpt: The Sony BDP-S500 is Sony’s current flagship Blu-ray player and with sparkling picture and sound quality it has earned its plaudits. But home cinema fans will know that picture and sound quality are only part of the story when it comes to Blu-ray players. The Sony S500 has a sleek look, and with a motorised front drop down panel, it works sleekly too. But we felt it was looking slightly dated when compared to other models on the market.
Pros: We’re split by the Sony BDP-S500. Firstly we have to give 5 stars for its stunning sound and picture quality. If you are after the ultimate Blu-ray player, this is currently it. Secondly though, we can only give it 3 stars for features, because of the lack of Blu-ray profile 2 and DTS-HD Master sound. It’s quite hard to recommend a product that is starting to look as out of date as the Sony BDP-S500, but it has some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve, and when you put t...
Summary: The BDP-S500 is a powerful Blu-ray player, geared towards enthusiasts. Its high-end audio capabilities is best suited to a system that already has high quality audio products, although even on its own it's a great device.
Pros: Excellent audio performance, great Blu-ray and DVD upscaling playback, streamlined interface, attractive design
Cons: Slight lag times at startup and when navigating discs
Summary: Blu-ray is largely Sony's baby, and we expected the Japanese giant to be a little more doting towards its triumphant infant than it has been so far. Sure, the PS3 is comfortably the best-selling Blu-ray spinner on the planet, but we're not exactly buried under must-buy dedicated players. Last year we saw the BDP-S300, a pleasant enough player that nevertheless reeked of 'stop-gap'.