Sony BDP S770 Blu Ray Player Review

Sony’s high end Blu ray disc model, BDP-S770, packs small bit of extra features as well and a slick new design. The BDP-S770 is a 3D compatible player with Profile 2.0 compatibility. The BDP-S770 will be fully able to display all the Profile 2.0 contents without limitations. In terms of features and performance, the BDP-S770 is almost identical to the BDP-S570 from Sony. Like BDP-S570, BDP-S770 can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital +, Doldby True HD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD MA. It can also output these in bitstream as well. On top of these audio formats, the BDP-S770 can also read MP3, AAC, SACD, and WMA audio files. The BDP-S770 also comes with the Bravia Internet Entertainment platform. The Bravia Internet Entertainment platforms works a lot like Samsung App. You can download various widgets that you want on your player and view them at any time. You have access to many video streaming contents like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, Netflix, and YouTube. Also, there are other internet accessible contents like Facebook and twitter. You can also access news and weather feeds from various sources like USA Today and Yahoo. Like the previous version, the BDP-S770 is capable of playing mkv, wmv, and divx files. You can stream the files from other DNLA compliant devices or use the USB port to play these files. The BDP-S770 also comes with 1GB internal storage.

Design

The one of few things that separates the BDP-S770 from BDP-S570 is the more refined design. Sony designed the BDP-S770 to match the 3D Bravia HD television sets. While not radically redesigned, it does look sleeker than the BDP-S570 model. The BDP-S770 has a flush design unlike the BDP-S570. The disc tray is located on the left while the LCD is located on the right side. The playback buttons are located on the top right side with USB port located right beneath it. The input and output options are identical to the BDP-S570. For audio, the 2 channel analog audio, coaxial and optical audio outputs are available. For video, composite and component video outputs are available for standard definition. There is 1 HDMI 1.4 compliant port, ethernet port, and 2 USB ports available as well. The lack of second HDMI 1.4 port was disappointing as BDP-S770 is supposed to be the high end model for Sony. The BDP-S770 remote is step up from the BDP-S570 remote control. The included remote control is a backlit whereas the BDP-S570 is not. Overall, the remote control functionality and ease of use is about the same.

Video and Performance

Like BDP-S570, the BDP-S770’s loading time was very fast. The speed of power up and loading Blu ray movie was noticeably faster than most other players. The power up and loading of Blu ray movie disc was less than 10 seconds total time for most movies. The interface is the same one used in the BDP-S570. It is very similar to the PS3 interface.

I could find no fault with the video playbacks. Check for defects using two different Blu ray movie titles, I found no video processing defects. The BDP-S770 lacked any moiré, jaggieness, or motion blur during the playback of the movie. The DVD upscaling was fairly decent as well. While not as good as Oppo, it did deliver fairly nice image quality on upscaled images.

Audio

As with BDP-S570, there was no issue with audio decoding on BDP-S770. All the formats decoded properly with onboard decoding. SACD and MP3 formats had no problem with the playback as well. Overall, audio quality was on par with other mainstream Blu ray players.

Overall

This is an almost identical player to the Sony’s previous model. The Wifi, onboard storage, 2 USB port, and backlit remote control are all pretty impressive. However, the same weakness follows the BDP-S770. Primarily, it lacks addition HDMI 1.4 port. Most of the older receivers will not be compliant with HDMI 1.4 specification for 3D images. The extra port would have solved this problem. Given that this is a premium model, I would have liked to see the extra HDMI port like the Samsung’s high end model. Even with this minor complaint, I can recommend this player as it is a very feature packed player.

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Description

Sony BDP-S770 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi

Features

  • Built-In Wi-Fi: Connect to your home’s wireless broadband network
  • 3D Blu-ray Disc Full HD 1080p playback , 3D Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p
  • Also supports standard Blu-ray Disc movies in HD and upscales DVDs to near HD quality
  • USB Input – Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device
  • 1GB built-in memory

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