CNET First Look
Sony BDP-S300The Sony BDP-S300 is a decent choice if you're limiting yourself to a relatively cheap, standard-design Blu-ray player, but everyone else should consider the competition.
[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Mathew Matthew Moskovciak associate editor from CNET.com and this is the Sony BDP S300 Blu Ray Player. As you can see the design is understated which is a little unusual for Sony. And you'll notice that some of the buttons are on top of the player so you'll want to take note of that if you plan stack other components on top of it. The BDP S300 lacks some of the advance surround sound decoding options such as Dolby true HD. You'll have to look at other players such as the PlayStation 3 or the Panasonic's Blu Ray Player if you want those options. Around back there's HDMI output which will output Blu Ray movies and DVD?s at 1080 P. They're also analogue 5.1 outputs if you don't want to use HDMI for audio as well as your standard stereo analog outputs for those using stereo receivers. You'll also notice there is no Ethernet port on the back of this player, which is disappointing because it's a nice way to be able to upgrade the firmware, which is something that often needs to happen with the new high def disc players. For performance over all it was pretty good. We did notice a couple of very minor video issues in 1080P mode. It didn't do 1080 ID interlacing perfectly. One of our biggest problems with the players was that for some discs the load times were extremely long. ^M00:01:22 [ Silence ] ^M00:01:27 In our opinion, having to wait over three minutes just to get the movie to start is unacceptable. There are other stand-alone players do take a while, but definitely not that long. And the similarly priced PlayStation 3 does it much faster than this Sony BDP S300. If you're stuck to the 500-dollar price point and you really want a standalone Blu Ray Player the Sony will deliver. I'm Mathew Moskovciak associate editor from CNET.com and this is the Sony BDP S300. ^M00:01:58 [ Music ]