Conclusion: The $249.99 Sony BDP-S790 3D Blu-ray Player competes successfully with other models that are many times more expensive. I wanted a Blu-ray player that could give me the best 1080p image that my HDTV could display. With the BDP-S790, I got it.
Pros: Web browser, Gracenote look up functions, 7.1 audio output
Excerpt: Sony single-handedly won the format war with its timely release of the PlayStation 3. Up until the PS3 hit the market in November 2006, HD DVD was beginning to gain the upper hand with disc and player sales. But the vaunted game station changed the marketplace virtually overnight and signaled the beginning of the end for the red-laser format.
Excerpt: Sony's top-end Blu-ray player for 2013 is largely unchanged from 2012’s top model, but this isn’t a bad thing as the S790 was one of the most comprehensive Blu-ray players of last year. With Wi-Fi, Smart TV features and 4K upscaling, its feature set should please even the pickiest home cinema enthusiast.
Conclusion: Sony’s put the lot into the BDP-790, and it shows. Its picture performance is simply outstanding, as good as that of any player available, and it’s an enjoyable listen too. It’s also great to use, either with its simple, effective remote handset (take note, Panasonic) or via its excellent control app. Add in the promise of its future-proof upscaling and you’ve got a simply brilliant buy – No.1 in our Top Ten list of best Blu-ray players it is then.
Pros: Packs some serious image quality, Sounds great, too, Comes with a number of useful apps
Cons: Stylish but not radical, Jury's out on the 4k upscaling