Excerpt: 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 It’s quite hard to recommend a product that is starting to look as out of date as the Sony BDP-S500, but it has some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve, and when you put that first disc in, any doubts you may...
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: There is no compelling reason to buy this player over a PlayStation 3: it's too expensive, doesn't support profile 1.1 or 2.0, and costs more than pretty much every Blu-ray player on the market.
Pros: Picture quality, Sound quality, Styling
Cons: Price, Front panel feels fragile, No included HDMI cable, No profile 1.1 or 2.0 support, Did we mention price yet?
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'.
Summary: Es gibt keinen überzeugenden Grund, diesen Player anstelle einer Playstation 3 zu kaufen: Er unterstützt die Profile 1.1 und 2.0 nicht, kostet aber trotzdem mehr als viele andere Blu-ray-Player auf dem Markt. Seine ausgezeichnete Bild- und Tonqualität machen ihn zu einem durchaus guter Player – allerdings zu einem aberwitzigen Preis.
Pros: ausgezeichnete Bild- und Tonqualität
Cons: hoher Preis, Vorderfront wirkt zerbrechlich, kein HDMI-Kabel im Lieferumfang, keine Unterstützung für Profil 1.1 oder 2.0