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Sony BDP-S570 review

Lean and fast, this modestly-priced deck boasts SACD compatibility

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast disc loading
  • Lots of web content
  • SACD
  • Remarkable value

Against

  • Poor manual
  • Fiddly front fascia controls

Sony gave Blu-ray a big push last year by launching a wide range of players that were not only high on features, but low on price.

Now you can pick up those players, including the BDP-S570, a highly specified model, for silly money, which makes it a very tough player to beat on value.

The so-called Monolithic Design (the thinnest on the market at launch) is impractical, as the odd front panel collects dust and hides its tiny buttons from view. Meanwhile, the rear panel doesn't leave room for analogue multichannel outputs.

In almost all other respects though, this is a remarkable machine. The disc loading time, which used to be so infuriatingly slow, is now down to just a few seconds.

Sony BDP-S570 test data

Power consumption (Watts):

Standby: <1W

Good green stuff

Idling: 10W

About what you would expect for a device of this type

Playing: 11W

Only a very slight increase in consumption during playback

Audio jitter (ps): 386.9ps

Reasonable for non-audiophile product

Video jitter (analogue, SD) (ns): 5ns

An average result, but one that shouldn't yield subjective problems

Video noise (analogue, SD): -73.9dB (composite); -77.5dB (component)

Both excellent results

Response @ 5.8MHz (analogue, SD): -1.4dB (composite); -0.9dB (component)

A fair result for the component output, while the composite one is merely average.

Loading (Boot/Java):

Boot speed and tray eject: 4s

Tray in to main BD menu: 40s (Street Kings SE)

Speedy booting and disc loading - for its 2010 models, Sony has addressed past criticisms.

Xross Media Bar

The user interface, a copy of the Xross Media Bar on the PS3, is superbly intuitive and very responsive using the no-nonsense remote control. And on the menu you'll also notice lots of online content that includes Daily Motion and catch-up TV services, all of which pop open quite quickly.

Picture quality is spot on, too. A clean and naturally coloured picture hits your screen – a factor that also helps in 3D mode. There's a tangible sense of depth here, great detail resolution, and no video noise.

Then there's the surprise inclusion of SACD compatibility. It's just a shame that there isn't a multichannel output with which to send this uncompressed audio signal to legacy AV receivers that pre-date HDMI v1.3.

We made the BDP-S570 a five-star Grouptest winner when we first got our mitts on it, and in the intervening months nothing seems to have changed...

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDTS HD, Dolby TrueHD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSony
Audio FormatsAudio CD, SACD, WMA, WAV, MP3
Video FormatsAVCHD, DVD Video, BD Video, DivX HD, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Video CD, SVCD
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption12.90 W
Standby Power Consumption150 mW
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
Image FormatsJPEG
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, 1080p Upscaling, Screen Saver
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S570
Product NameBDP-S570 Blu-ray Disc Player
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS570B.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Package Contents
  • BDP-S570 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)2 kg