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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

Our Verdict

Superb pictures and features for a bargain price

For

  • Compact design
  • Plays 3D Blu-ray discs
  • 2D & 3D Picture quality
  • BBC iPlayer & Lovefilm
  • Price

Against

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Poor networking

Whether or not 3D as a format has a future, and especially a present, in your home is up to you. The so-called hunger among consumers for 3D certainly isn't obvious to us, though Sony – one of the third dimension's biggest promoters – is seeking to get 3D compatibility into your lounge whether you like it or not with the well specified, yet incredibly affordable BDP-S470.

Compact and with a slim design, it's a wonder that Sony has shoved so many ins and outs on this Blu-ray's back. HDMI starts, of course, though component video, USB and wired Ethernet LAN port are other key features, though it's worth noting that both optical and coaxial digital audio are present in place of analogue audio outputs.

In terms of pure home cinema, that omission precludes lossless Dolby True HD/DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks, though that won't concern most people just after a cheap-as-chips Blu-ray player.

More mid-market misery is ahead; the S470 doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi, so access to two important features – DLNA networking and Sony's Bravia Internet Video streaming service – must be done either wired or through a separate USB dongle from Sony that, at £70, adds a hefty chunk onto the S470's price.

The disc tray itself is a thing of wonder. Not only can it spin a CD, DVD, Blu-ray disc – both 2D and 3D – but it can even play high resolution from a Super Audio CD (if you still have any in your music collection). Another huge plus is that the S470 takes single figure seconds to eject its tray and load a disc – what a change from the first-gen players.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
EthernetYes
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
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, MPEG-4
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Digital to Analog Video Converter12-bit - 148.50 MHz
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Height36 mm
Width430 mm
Depth206 mm
ColourBlack
Picture ControlNoise Reduction
Image FormatsJPEG
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, Screen Saver, 1080p Upscaling
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S470
Product NameBDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
Input Voltage220 V AC
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
Remote ControlYes
Weight (Approximate)2 kg