Sony BDP-S470 review

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

Sony BDP-S470
The Sony BDP-S470 offers incredible features for the price

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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.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),