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?.
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.
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 s...
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.
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.
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