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Sony BDP-S470 review

3D Blu-ray, DivX HD and BBC iPlayer for a notch over £100; Sony presents the moon on a stick

Picture quality

Insert a 3D Blu-ray disc and you get a choice of either 3D or 2D playback. After syncing our active shutter glasses (which come with a 3D TV purchase, remember, not with 3D Blu-ray players), we noticed the usual problems with active shutter 3D footage when viewed on an LCD screen.

The most obvious is a drop in brightness, but flicker is noticeable (apparently only one in 10 people notice the active shutter glasses constantly doing their thing, but we beg to differ) and there are a few other issues that we can't exactly blame the S470 for.

The main gripe we have it that once sitting dead-on to the screen, you literally cannot move; slouching on the sofa or, heaven forbid, lying down on a sofa, renders the picture completely blank.

We digress; the S470 as a 3D Blu-ray spinner is as good as any other we've tried, and for showing regular 2D high definition from Blu-ray, it's a steal. Colours are rich and bold, with a polished, detailed look that's hard – or should that be impossible – to beat at this price. It's no slouch with DVD, either, with plenty of evidence of some nifty upscaling circuitry.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
EthernetYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSony
Audio FormatsCD-DA, SACD, WMA, WAV, MP3, AAC
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, Screen Saver, 1080p Upscaling
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, MPEG-4
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Height36 mm
Width430 mm
Depth206 mm
ColourBlack
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S470
Product NameBDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS470B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Watch Blu-ray Disc movies in crystal clear Full HD 1080p , or connect to the internet and access an unrivaled assortment of movies, videos and music from premium content providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and many more. You can also use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control when you download the free BD Remote app. This free versatile app lets you search for additional entertainment or access detailed information about the movie you're watching. Pair this 3D Blu-ray Disc player with a BRAVIA 3D HDTV and create the ultimate at-home 3D viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
Weight (Approximate)2 kg