Sony BDP-S380 review

A Sony Blu-ray player for the boracic lint

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  • Good quality Blu-ray playback
  • Bravia Internet Video
  • Entertainment database browser
  • Fast boot up times


  • No 3D capability
  • No home network streaming options
  • Lack of video codecs

Sony's bottom-of-the-range BSP-S380 Blu-ray spinner offers a lot in performance and specifications for its meagre £130 ticket, but misses out on a couple of the key features that its BDP-S480 sibling brings to the party for only £20 more.

With that in mind, it's only worth considering if you're really hard up, or are looking to upgrade your bedroom setup.

Sony's brilliant web portal, Bravia Internet Video, still boasts the best range of content around, including BBC iPlayer, Demand Five, Sky News, Eurosport, LOVEFiLM, YouTube, and much more. Yes, there's no app gallery full of child-friendly games, but do you care?

Despite being Sony's entry-level player, it still features the brand's Xross Media Bar menu, which is as intuitive as ever.

There are two USB ports on board, one on the front for media playback from storage devices and one on the back to house the optional UWABR100 wireless LAN adaptor, which you can find online for around £50.

Other features include smartphone control, the Gracenote-powered Entertainment Database Browser and picture presets for different lighting conditions.

Hi-def picture quality is excellent, with crisp detail and natural colours. And, like the rest of Sony's player lineup, the BDP-S380 can spin Super Audio CDs. Disc loading and boot-up times are fast, and it feels well made for a budget deck, despite being almost comically slimline.

The omissions are either major or minor depending on your needs. You can't stream content over a home network and there's no 3D support – two features which you can enjoy on the £150 BDP-S480.

Also, the BDP-S380 won't play DivX files, which seems odd in this day and age. It didn't get on with my hi-def AVI and WMV files, either.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD, DTS Neo:6
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSony
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, SACD
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, 1080p Upscaling, Screen Saver
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, XviD, AVI, WMV9, ASF, WMV, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, MKV, M4V, M2TS, MTS
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Height36 mm
Width430 mm
Depth199 mm
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S380
Product NameBDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS380B.CEK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

BRAVIA Internet Video
Stream music, video, sports and Catch Up TV direct from the Internet via BRAVIA Internet Video platform.

Internet video enhancer
Experience improved picture for poorer quality internet content when using BRAVIA Internet Video.

Entertainment Database Browser
Find out more about Blu-ray Disc titles: Search the Entertainment Database Browser using Gracenote technology.

Inspired menu system uses icons and an easy to follow 'tree' system.

Package Contents
  • BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x R6 (Size AA) Batteries
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg