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.
|Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi||Sony BDP-S5500||Panasonic DMR-EH75V - DVD recorder / VCR combo with 80GB HDD||Panasonic DMP-BDT220||Samsung BD-H6500|
|Price||$260 Amazon Marketplace||—||$1,188 Amazon Marketplace||$185 Amazon.com||$200 Amazon.com|
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While not the last disc format that will ever be made -- 4K Blu-ray is Apple TV these days and being able to play discs is a definite plus if you still have a large media collection.-- 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
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.
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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