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>> Hi, I'm Mathew Moskoviciak, associate editor at
cnet.com, and this is the Sony BDPS 350. Now this is a
stand-alone Blu-Ray player from Sony. And what makes
this product unique is that it's actually much smaller
than most of the other Blu-Ray players we test. It's
only a little bit larger than a standard Blu-Ray case in
terms of depth. Now when you turn it on you'll notice
that it has Sony's XMB graphical user interface, which
is pretty nice. If you look on the front of the player
underneath you'll see logos for things like Dolby True
HD, which means it has on-board decoding for Dolby True
HD, so you only need a receiver that's HTMI compliant to
use it. You'll notice that it doesn't have DTS HD
master audio. Now if you look at the spec sheet you'll
notice that this is a profile 1.1 player, which means it
can access bonus view features on some Blu-Ray discs.
Now you'll notice that it's not a Blu-Ray 2.0 player,
although Sony says advertisement going to update it with
Firmwear update sometime in the future. That means that
there are some discs that have Internet enabled
features, and you won't be able to access those until
the Firmware update. Now to do the profile 2.0 features
you'll need to add USB storage to the device. And if
you look around back there's a USB port labelled EXT.
However, the USB port is recessed, so it's a little
difficult to fit a standard USB stick in there. You'll
need, like, an extra slim one. And we just had some
standard ones that didn't fit in well at all. Now
looking around back you'll notice the connectivity.
There's an HTMI output, which is the main connection,
and using that output you can get [Inaudible] video and
24 frames per second as well as high resolution audio.
While this is one of the more impressive stand-alone
players that we have seen, there is one other Blu-Ray
player from Sony that is still a better value, and that
is the PS 3. Most people are going to get a much bigger
bang out of their buck with the Sony PlayStation 3,
because it's also a high-def gaming system and it can
stream media. I'm Matthew Moskoviciak from cnet.com,
and this is the Sony BDPS 350.
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