Earlier this year I purchased a brand new large screen TV for our living room at home and managed to get a good deal for a feature packed HD LCD television. At the time we couldn’t actually benefit from ‘High Definition’ broadcasts on the television or via disc as we had neither Sky installed or a Blu Ray player, all this changed in June though when we finally joined the BR ranks and bought the subject of the review; the Sony BDP-S370 Blu Ray Player.
As I have explained on previous reviews I am not the most technically minded of people so this review will focus more on my experience of using this device and what features you are likely to find if you buy this yourself. In the most simple of terms a Blu Ray player is a higher resolution DVD player but rather than just playing DVDs (which this does) it also allows you to play Blu-Ray discs which when viewed on a High Definition television gives greater depth of colour to films, a richer sound quality and more of an overall ‘cinematic experience’ for the viewer. For me a Blu Ray player can be described as a glorified DVD player with extras which I hope to cover in this review.
How it looks and Connecting to a TV
First things first then and the player looks exactly the same as any generic DVD player as illustrated in the picture provided, it has a lovely matt black finish to the design and when switched you are greeted to a cheeky “Hello” illustrated in blue azure lettering on the display. The weight of the player is around 2 kilograms and measures 43cm in width, 21cm in depth and only 4cm in height so is relatively long and compact and fits in perfectly well with other technological devices that you may have in your home.
The player requires connecting to your television with a HDMI cable (which does not come supplied although Amazon did include one as part of a promotion they were running), these can be easily found online or in the likes of Asda or Tesco though and are widely available and can be found from anything from a few pounds up to around £10.00 depending on what you buy. Once connected and switched on the Blu Ray player springs into life within only 3 seconds and you are met with an onscreen menu where there are different options to chose from. This is where the differences between a DVD player and Blu-Ray come in as on the BDP-S370 there are a host of extras which lift this from being a regular disc player.
What you can expect from this Blu-Ray player
You can of course simply use this as Blu-Ray/DVD player and the device is perfectly capable of playing a number of media formats including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, BD-ROM etc as well as shop bought/rented films and it is simply a case of inserting your disc into the tray, sitting back and enjoying the action that plays out in front of you. If you are looking for more though the player can be hooked up to the Internet where you can use the BRAVA Video platform to stream films and TV programmes directly from websites such as YouTube or even the BBC I-player and this is achieved via a separately bought USB WIFI dongle or linking up the player to your own wireless network from the Ethernet connection.