Updating sony blu ray player bdp s301

20-Aug-2017 05:19

There's also no backlighting, although that's not a common feature on Blu-ray player remotes.

Sure, it's not nearly as bad as the remote on the Panasonic DMP-BD10A, but you'd still be wise to pick up a nice universal remote.

Editors' Note, October 10, 2008: Since this review was published, Sony has released a firmware update that adds Dolby True HD decoding and is said to offer improved BD Java compatibility.

CNET did not have the opportunity to re-test this model with the firmware upgrade installed, but we have tested the 2008 version of the player, the Sony BDP-S330. HD DVD format war, we weren't surprised when Sony announced a price drop for the BDP-S300 to the relatively low list price of 0.

The BDP-S300 can play standard audio CDs, along with MP3 and JPEG files burned on CDs and DVDs.

The BDP-S300 has support for standard Dolby Digital and DTS surround soundtracks, and it also has support for the slightly higher quality Dolby Digital Plus format.

Your firmware may already be up to date, especially if you have a new Blu-ray player model.

There's also a component video output that can output video from Blu-ray discs in high-def, along with legacy standard def S-Video and composite outputs.

For digital audio, there's the aforementioned HDMI output, plus both optical and coaxial digital audio outputs.

The connectivity of the BDP-S300 is standard for the breed.

There's an HDMI output, which can handle both 1080p high-definition video along with high resolution audio.There are some minor video quality performance issues, some major load-time performance issues, no SACD playback, and no decoding for high-resolution soundtrack formats like Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio.Not to mention that there's another similarly priced Sony product currently available that does essentially everything the BDP-S300 does plus a whole lot more: the Play Station 3.Of course, the menus on the BDP-S300 aren't nearly as involved--there just aren't that many settings on a Blu-ray player--but we still appreciated the pleasing look.