Sony BDP-S470 review

Full review: Budget Blu-ray player with Lovefilm and iPlayer

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One Blu-ray player that won't bring out the blues

Sony’s modestly priced deck stands barely two inches high, but is packed with functionality. This year Sony unleashed Bravia Intenet Video, which includes a raft of online content from the likes of LoveFilm and BBC iPlayer. It’s also SACD compatible and loves playing any type of digital media stored on a hard disc drive. And of course, it’s fully 3D compatible too thanks to a recent firmware update.

It’s far cheaper then other 3D offerings, the Samsung BD-C6900 and Panasonic DMP-BDT300, but can performance match? We paired it with the3D Sony Bravia HX803 to find out.

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Get beyond the insubstantial and rather odd monolithic design and you have to marvel at the compact size of this deck. This could be an advantage if you’re running out of space under the telly, but it also makes it feel a little flimsy. We’re not so keen on the tiny and almost invisible buttons either.

All is forgive when you pick up the remote control though. It’s virtually the same handset that comes with Sony’s luxurious Bravia TVs, so you’re clearly getting a good deal here. Meanwhile, Sony’s XMB on screen interface is still the best in the business, so operating this deck couldn’t be simpler.

Sony BDP-S470: FEATURES

As mentioned, the Bravia Internet Video suite is rather good as it includes a library of streamable films from LoveFilm and an excellent version of BBC iPlayer, so you’ll never be stuck for something to watch.

The excellent user interface also makes it easy to access your digital photos, MP3s and downloaded video files directly from an external hard drive. You can either plug this into the USB port, or search for your DLNA computer on your home network.

Sony has also brought SACD compatibility back for its latest generation of players, giving them a slight sonic advantage if you happen to have some examples of the niche audiophile format.

Sony BDP-S470: PERFORMANCE

The Sony manages very vivid and lifelike image with regular Blu-ray material, outputting it as an almost flawless 1080p/24fps stream, with just the occasional dotty interference appearing on screen.

Flip to 3D with Monsters Vs Aliens on 3D Blu-ray and the image changes shape to stretch the animated scenes out in front of you in a very appealing way. There’s a very slight softness to the edges of the 3D images that are razor sharp in 2D mode, but it’s still a very tangible 3D effect. Characters in the foreground lean into the room, while the background characters appear some distance behind. It’s a compelling trick on the whole, that works just as well on Sony’s 3D TVs as it does on LG’s similar 3D system.

Sony BDP-S470: CONCLUSION

Sony has a lot riding on the success of 3D, so we’re not surprised to see it implemented so well on this remarkably affordable deck. No doubt the big S is keen to get the new format out there at a reasonable price. The good news is that you can snap up a highly competent Blu-ray player at a bargain price even if you have no intention of splashing out on a 3D TV to go with it.

The Sony BDP-S470 is out now, find out more from Sony

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SPECIFICATIONS
Resolution: 1920x1080p
24p: Yes
Disc playback: BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, DVD Video, Audio CD, VCD, DVD, CD-R, SACD,
Connectivity: USB, HDMI, Component. Composite, Coaxial, Optical, Analogue, Ethernet
Audio: Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Dimensions/weight: 430x36x206mm/2kg

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