I tested the player’s internal video processing with DVD and Blu-ray test discs and found that the player did a reasonably good job of DVD upconversion, and a fairly good job of converting 1080-line interlaced content to 1080-line progressive with tough test patterns. I also found that it was reasonably quick with a DVD layer change test, hiccupping for only a second or so. With actual HD content, the player performed very well indeed.
This is a very good Blu-ray player for a quite affordable price. The extensive Bravia Internet Video range of applications and widgets lets users choose from a variety of streaming TV and movie content suppliers, and there’s lots of free video and audio content there as well. The player has dual USB ports, one up front and the other ‘round back, which allows the installation of a wireless USB adapter out of sight at the back (they can be had starting from around $20 or so at discount computer outlets), which will keep the front USB port ready and available for connection to portable multimedia devices.
Sony BDP-S470 3D Blu-ray player
Disc Formats Supported: 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RWCD, CD-R/RW, SACD
HDMI Direct Audio Bitstreams: Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution
Outputs 1080p at: 24 Hz, 60 Hz
Video Outputs: 1 each HDMI, component, composite
Digital Audio Outputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
Analog Audio Outputs: 2-ch
Other Connections: 1 Ethernet, 2 USB ports
Dimensions (WxHxD): 17” x 1.5” x 8.6”
Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Warranty: 1 year, parts and labor