Sony BDP-S570 review: Sony BDP-S570

Streaming-media features
Netflix Yes YouTube Yes
Amazon VOD Yes Pandora Yes
Vudu No Slacker Yes
CinemaNow No Picasa/Flickr Upgradable
DLNA compliant Yes Weather No
We've been harsh on Sony in the past for the lack of streaming media options on its Blu-ray players, but the company finally seems to have caught up, started with last year's BDP-N460 which had Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, and Slacker. The BDP-S570 builds on the success of the N460 by adding both Pandora and DLNA with the latest firmware update. Though it may not have as many services as Samsung's expandable Apps platform, it should serve all but the most media-hungry buyers.

Audio decoding capabilities
Dolby TrueHD Yes DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes DTS-HD HR Yes
Bitstream output Yes SACD/DVD-Audio SACD
Like nearly every Blu-ray player available now, the BDP-S570 offers onboard decoding for both high-resolution Dolby and DTS formats. It also offers support for the niche high-resolution audio format SACD, which is a step up over most competing players at this price level and a nice perk if you still have some of those discs in your collection. However, if you've got a large library of SACD and DVD-Audio discs, Oppo's Blu-ray players are still your best bet.

AV outputs
HDMI version HDMI 1.4 Stereo analog Yes
Component video Yes Multichannel analog No
Composite video Yes Optical/coaxial Both
The BDP-S570's AV output selection is standard. Sony has told us that the HDMI output meets HDMI 1.4 specification and can fully handle the 3D Blu-ray spec, but that it doesn't support some of the other features of HDMI 1.4, such as the audio return channel or Ethernet over HDMI.

Other connectivity
Ethernet Yes SD card slot No
USB ports 2 RS-232 port No
Like virtually every other player, the BDP-S570 also includes an Ethernet port if you prefer the stability of a wired connection. We appreciated that Sony includes two USB ports (one front, one back), allowing you to make quick connections with the front port and have another drive connected more permanently, out of sight.

Blu-ray performance
The Sony BDP-S570's Blu-ray image quality is very good overall, image quality enthusiasts will find some minor issues. Yes, we'd rate the LG BD570 as marginally better, and the Oppo BDP-83 slightly superior to both, but the differences are tough to see even when you're looking for them, let alone when you're lost in a movie. We think nearly all buyers will be satisfied with the BDP-S570's image quality.

All our testing was conducted via HDMI at 1080p/60, with the Sony Bravia KDL-55XBR8 display and Oppo BDP-83 and LG BD570 for comparison. If your display supports and correctly handles 24 frames per second output (also known as 1080p/24), you can largely ignore these tests as we find all players to have virtually identical 1080p/24 performance. For more information on our testing procedure, consult our full guide to how we test Blu-ray players. Home theater enthusiasts can also see more detailed testing results in our 2010 Blu-ray players comparison chart.

Blu-ray image quality: Test patterns
Film resolution Pass Dynamic range high Pass
Video resolution Fail Dynamic range low Pass
Text overlay on film Pass Luma multiburst Pass
Cadence tests 7/8 Chroma multiburst Fail
Chroma bug test Pass
The Sony BDP-S570 passed the most important film resolution test, which is a good indication that it will deliver excellent image quality on the vast majority of Blu-ray movies.

Although the BDP-S570 has plenty more "pass" boxes than the competing LG BD570 on our detailed comparison chart, we'd actually prefer LG's performance overall. Yes, the Sony technically does better on cadence tests and text overlay on film, but we find those tests rarely make a difference in actual program material. On the other hand, the BDP-S570 failed one of the video resolution tests, and it's something that did show up in our program material tests.

Blu-ray image quality: Program material
"Ghost Rider" Pass "Tony Bennett" Pass
"M:I:III" Pass "NIN Live"; chapter 3 Pass
"Sunshine" Pass "NIN Live"; chapter 4 Pass
Again, the BDP-S570 passed all of our film-based program material tests, which means it should provide excellent image quality on the vast majority of Blu-ray movies. However, we could see jaggies on the video-based "Tony Bennett: American Classic," particularly on the opening graphics of chapter 7 and later in the striped shirts of the dancers. Even though it's disappointing to see the BDP-S570 fail this test, it's important to put it in context. The jaggies pretty minor--nothing like the artifacts you'd see on poor-performing DVD players--and they'll likely only show up on video-based Blu-rays, such as concerts. It's not a major issue, in our opinion.

Blu-ray operational speed (in seconds)
"M:I:III" | player on 15.23 "POTC" | until movie 62.77
"M:I:III" | player off | quick start 15.93 "Spider-Man 3" | until movie 52.37
"M:I:III" | player off | no quick start 25.85 "Sunshine" | chapter skip 6.65
"POTC" | past loading 27.26 CNET speed rating (composite score) 117

CNET speed rating
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

The Sony BDP-S570 is the fastest Blu-ray player we've tested, beating out even the previous speed champ, the Oppo BDP-83. Part of this is due to the BDP-S570's quick start mode, which allows it to load a disc from the off position over 10 seconds faster than the competing LG players. It's also very quick to load movies with complex menu systems, such "Pirates of the Carribbean." The competing Panasonic DMP-BD80K takes nearly 25 seconds longer to get to the actual movie; the PS3 Slim takes 44 seconds longer. It's a noticeable difference, especially if everyone's anxious to start movie night.

Where the BDP-S570 really shines is our chapter-skip test, where it's nearly twice as fast the Oppo BDP-83. Most other players we've tested sluggishly lurch from chapter to chapter, but the BDP-S570 lets you zip to the chapter you want and it almost instantly starts playing. That might not matter if you're the type of person that tends to watch a movie all the way through, but if you spend a lot of time demoing your favorite scenes, you'll appreciate the BDP-S570's speed.

Other performance

DVD image quality: test patterns and program material
Film resolution Pass "Seabiscuit" Pass
Video resolution Fail "Star Trek: Insurrection" Pass
Text overlay on film Fail "Invite Them Up" Fail
Cadence tests 2/8
The BDP-S570's performance on DVDs was similar to its performance on Blu-rays. It handled the majority of film-based content with ease, but stumbled on less common video-based content--both test patterns and program material. There is significantly more video-based program material on DVD, so if you still watch a lot of DVDs--particularly video-based titles--the BDP-S570 may not be the best choice.

Streaming-video image quality
Netflix Poor
When we first tested the BDP-S570, we complained about its poor image quality with Netflix streaming content. Recent firmware updates have fixed our image quality gripes, but we still found streaming video to be problematic when using the Wi-Fi connection. It frequently gave us "network down" errors, even when a wired connection would work and other Wi-Fi Blu-ray players didn't have a problem. Even when the video did load, it would sometimes disconnect. As always, Wi-Fi reliability will depend on your home environment, but we ran into many more errors than usual with the BDP-S570.

Power consumption
Standby | quick start off 0.13 W Standby | quick start on 6.74 W
Power on | watching movie 14.26 W Power on | idling 13.18 W
Annual cost; quick start off $0.99 Annual cost; quick start on $7.35
Like nearly all Blu-ray players, the BDP-S570 doesn't use much power when its quick start mode is disabled. With quick start on, however, the BDP-S570's standby power consumption shoots up to 6.74 W--which doesn't sound like a lot, but it will be using that much energy anytime the player isn't in use. Overall, enabling quick start will cost you a little over $6 a year, which is enough to consider just waiting a few extra seconds for the player to boot up without quick start.

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    Sony BDP-S570

    Part Number: BDP-S570/US Released: Mar 1, 2010
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    • Release date Mar 1, 2010
    • Network Connection Ethernet
    • Internet Streaming Services Netflix
      BRAVIA Internet Video
      Slacker Personal Radio
    • Additional Features 3D ready
    • Media Type Blu-ray 3D
    • Type Blu-ray disc player
    • Sound Output Mode 7.1 channel surround
    • Built-in Audio Decoders Dolby TrueHD
      DTS HD
    • Upscaling via HDMI up to 1080p
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