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Sony BDP-S350


$400.00 Released July, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Supports BD-Live. Bitstreams all audio formats. Ethernet port for Web-content and firmware updates.

The Cons:Cannot play AVCHD discs with DTS/DTS-HD/MA or Dolby TrueHD. No "smooth scan" feature for scanning forwards & backwards through movies (displays only a couple of frames per second). Will not play DivX / Xvid movies.

The Sony BDP-S350 is one of two new Blu-ray players (along with the Sony BDP-S550) announced for release later in 2008 from Sony. Technically it is a Profile 1.1 player because of its support for BonusView, but does not meet the Profile 2.0 designation found in the Sony BDP-550 because of its lack of at least 256 MB of local storage.

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However, it will support BD-Live with a firmware update via the Ethernet port, supporting interaction with Web-content. The BDP-S350 will retail for $400 when it becomes available in Summer 2008.

Features

  • Profile 1.1 compliant (Profile 2.0 complient after free firmware update)
  • BD-Live support with Ethernet port for delivering web content
  • BonusView with PiP
  • 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output
  • Standard DVD playback with 1080p upscaling via HDMI
  • 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus decoding
  • dts-HD High Resolution Audio and Master Audio bit-stream output
  • Support for AVCHD discs
  • Compatible with D-R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA format), and JPEG on DVD/CD
  • price: $400 (prices around $250 current 03-10-09)
  • release date: Summer 2008

Differences compared to BDP-S550

  • technically not Profile 2.0 compliant because it doesn't ship with local storage
  • doesn't support onboard decoding of DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio (does decode Dolby TrueHD)
  • doesn't have 7.1 analog outputs
  • doesn't include 1GB USB storage device
  • $400 ($100 cheaper)
  • scheduled for release in Summer 2008 instead of Fall 2008

User Reviews (18)

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Pros
  • 13

    Supports BD-Live

  • 12

    Bitstreams all audio formats

  • 11

    Ethernet port for Web-content and firmware updates

  • 10

    Not as expensive as predecessor - BDP-S300

  • 9

    Has come down in price significantly; find it for less than $250

  • 8

    Nice design

  • 8

    It has a USB port in back for local Storage making it BD-Live 2.0 complient via the free firmware upgrade.

  • 8

    Great Blu-ray and DVD playback performance.

  • 5

    Has an audio video lag tweak for discs that might be out of sync.

Cons
  • 1

    Cannot play AVCHD discs with DTS/DTS-HD/MA or Dolby TrueHD.

  • 0

    No "smooth scan" feature for scanning forwards & backwards through movies (displays only a couple of frames per second).

  • 0

    Will not play DivX / Xvid movies.

  • 0

    Does not have 'disc memory', so any disc that is ejected from the player will start from the beginning next time it is played.

  • -2

    Doesn't decode DTS-HD audio formats onboard

  • -2

    No 7.1 analog audio outputs

  • -2

    Slow changing tracks between DVD chapters.

  • -5

    Remote feels very light and cheap, but works well.

  • -5

    Will not play burned DVD movies, recognizes the disc but says "operation cannot be performed on this disc"

  • -5

    Will not play MP3 CDs or DVDs.

  • -8

    No local storage, therefore not Profile 2.0 compliant

Comments (2)

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LittleBrownStain
LittleBrownStain: #sony_bdp_s350 Dear Member 'PatrynXX': I sure hope you can help me. - The out-of-sync audio/video problem with my new, factory-fresh Sony BDP-S350 blu-ray player, is driving me insane! :-( I am *so happy* you mentioned that, "Has an audio video lag tweak for discs that might be out of sync", but I can't seem to find any refrence to this is the owner's manual. At least 75% of my NEW blu-ray disc purchases are out-of A/V whack with this player, which is absolutely destroying my enjoyment of this otherwise beautiful player. (The audio *always* lags behind the video). May 16, 09
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Nongrata
Nongrata: #sony_bdp_s350 Just bought this player two days ago. Bought from a Sony Style location.
I have watched 3 BD movies so far. It looks great and has an excellent easy to understand remote. Very few multiple use (e.g. scan/slow) buttons and very few abbreviations or obfuscations (e.g. opts or fwrd). Basic old style dot matrix display tells you what you need to know. Reminds me of my first Sony CD player. Just does it's job and does not try to entertain me with worthless bonus features. Not so fond of the on screen GUI for disk loading. This GUI is off center on purpose. It seems redundant since the unit auto selects the media type. The competitor was of course the PS3. Ruled out due to heat, size, noise, audio outputs, and looks.
Also Sony will offer a storage module in the future (already?) to add Profile 2.0 AFAIK. Jul 28, 08
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