Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi

The Good The Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi is a compact powerhouse with a wide variety of streaming services; image quality is mostly excellent, even with streaming content; good upscaling of DVDs.

The Bad The disk drawer seems flimsy; DLNA streaming isn't as slick as you get from some competitors; 3:2 pull-down performance isn't as smooth as on the Panasonic BDT230; Super Wi-Fi didn't provide better streaming in our tests; no analog outputs.

The Bottom Line The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Ecosystem 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Value 8.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

Sony's Blu-ray player is one of the best

While not the last disc format that will ever be made -- 4K Blu-ray is almost here -- the humble 1080p Blu-ray is probably the last you'll actually need. Now is a good time to buy a player if you don't already have one: the hardware is cheap and retailers practically give away movies older than six months. A good Blu-ray player costs only a little more than an Apple TV these days and being able to play discs is a definite plus if you still have a large media collection.

Sony's BDP-S5100 offers high-quality disc playback in addition to excellent streaming via a decent selection of apps, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Pandora. Its DLNA implementation is less impressive -- no DivX for example -- so it's not a great choice for people who download lots of content. But with a good price and an easy-to-use interface, this is one of the best players in an increasingly shrinking market.

Design
Last year Sony premiered a trapezoidal look to its Blu-ray players that is now used by both Sony and Panasonic. The geometry doesn't end with the front of the player, as the top has a gemlike plastic cover that looks unusual and makes it tough to stack other components on the player. Of course, it means you also still have access to the top-mounted playback controls, which are, thankfully, hard buttons and not the capacitive controls of the previous model. Touch-sensitive buttons might look cool, but they are easily activated by accident.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Sony
  • Type 3D Blu-ray player
  • Form Factor Tabletop
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Internet Streaming Services Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Crackle
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model Sony BDP-S5100

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