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Sony BDP-S570The Sony BDP-S570 has all the features of other midrange Blu-ray players, plus future 3D support and best-in-class operational speed, but you'll have to wait to unlock all of its functionality.
>> Matthew Moskovciak: Hi I'm Matthew Moskovciak Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and this is the Sony BDPS570. This is a $250 Blu-Ray player from Sony and unlike other models in this price range, it's gonna be 3D compatible with a firmware upgrade in the summer. Now the design is pretty nice on this player. A lot of other players are using flip down panels on the front but the Sony doesn't have that, which his nice especially if you plan on using the USB port, the flip down panel won't be down, it looks just how it always does. If you go into the menu system you'll see that it has an XMB inspired interface which is the same sort of interface that Sony uses on the PS3. It takes a little bit of getting used to at first but we did like that it felt really fast to navigate between the options. In the video section that's where you'll find Blu-Ray playback as well as all the streaming services. It gets a little cluttered because Sony has a ton of streaming video options and some of them really aren't essential so we would have kind of liked for Sony to put those in another place. Now the BDPS750 has a built in Wi-Fi and it also has support for several streaming video services such as Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Slacker and YouTube. If you go into the menus for those it looks a little bit different than you might be used to seeing. Sony has a custom interface for Netflix and you'll see there's lot of small box art which is good because you can see a lot of titles at once but the downside is sometimes you won't be able to quite make out what the movie is until you selected it. We also ran into a little bit of an issue with the Netflix streaming video quality. It wasn't quite as good as some of the other players that we've tested. We saw some choppy playback and it looked a little bit softer so if you're planning on using this for a lot of Netflix streaming this might not be the best player. We're hoping that Sony issues a firmware update to fix the problem. In terms of image quality, the BDPS570 is very good on Blu-Ray movies. We did notice some very minor video quality issues on video based titles like concert DVDs, but those are pretty rare overall, and for most titles you're not gonna notice any difference between the players. This Sony is the fastest Blu-Ray player we've tested. So if you're the kind of person that likes to demo a lot of different disks and skip between chapters, it's gonna be an excellent option because it just feels flat out faster than a lot of other players we've tested. All together at the $250 price range this is about as feature packed as we've seen a Blu-Ray player. The only problem is that a lot of the features are coming soon, they're gonna need a firmware update such as 3D, DLMA support and even Pandora so while this is one of the best players we've seen at this price range you're gonna hane to wait a little while to unlock all of its potential. [ Background music ] I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET.com and this is the Sony BDPS570. [ Music ]