3D Ready, via firmware upgrade
faster-than average load-to-play time for Blu-ray
great picture and sound performance for Blu-ray
very good up-scaling of DVD-Video
free iPhone/iPod touch remote control app
convenient front-panel USB port
for photos, music via USB thumb drive or USB-enabled MP3 player
full one year warrantee for both
parts & labor
no built-in storage for BD-Live
content; requires a minimum of 1 GB of USB thumb drive to
download content from BD-Live
control with small, undistinguishable and densely packed buttons
making operations difficult, particularly
in a dark viewing environment since there are no glow-in-the dark
3D Ready, via free firmware upgrade
(requires 3D-compatible HDTV and 3D active shutter glasses)
"Full HD" 1080p via HDMI; 720p or
1080i via component video
Dolby TrueHD and
Master Audio decoding
internet contents & apps:
streaming (subscription required), Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube,
Pandora or Slacker internet radio, and Gracenote providing access to detailed info
DLNA certified for streaming of
photos, video, and music from your DLNA-enabled Windows PC
optional: free iPhone/iPod touch
Android "BD remote" control app, which works over your home
network (not infrared signal)
connections: HDMI (1080p), component
video (720p, 1080i),
composite video, optical and coaxial digital audio output,
stereo analog audio output, Ethernet port for internet access, 2 USB
ports (one front, one back)
plays: BD-ROM (Blu-ray Disc
movies), BD-R, BD-RE, DVD-ROM (DVD-Video movies), DVD-R/DVD-RW,
DVD+R/DVD+RW, CD-DA (music CD), CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW,
cannot play: HD DVD, DVD-Audio,
DVD-RAM, Photo CDs, VCD, Super VCD
power consumption: 22 W
17"W x 8 5/8"D x 1 7/16" H
weight: 4 lbs, 6.5 oz
What's Included in The Box:
remote control (RMT-B107A), includes
two AA batteries
PDF, 3 MB)
AV cable (composite video, stereo analog audio)
article first published on
10.5.2010 | last updated on 10.15.2010 |
The Sony BDP-S470 is aimed squarely at the
everyday consumer who has a home theater, may want to make a foray into
3D Blu-ray Discs someday, and does not mind using a wired Ethernet
for internet access to Blu-ray Disc BonusView or BD-Live content,
Netflix streaming, Pandora internet radio and other internet
Note, while I did not evaluate the Sony BDP-S470
first hand, I did have hands-on experience with the
model, which was introduced at the same time and the only difference
is the addition of Wi-Fi and
1GB built-in memory for BD-Live content.
Other than that, the two units are identical as part of the same
What makes this player different?
high resolution multi-channel music from Super Audio CDs (SACD).
Read our SACD
It offers a free iPhone/iPod touch remote control app
(also available for Android).
Like many Blu-ray Disc players, the BDP-S470 is a
slim-box design with a minimalistic footprint. The front
panel is rather sparse of buttons: only four tiny nubs serve as the
power button, disc tray eject/close, play, and stop controls. Everything else
is to be controlled from the remote control. The disc tray is
located on the left side of the unit, while the LED display is on
the right. A convenient front USB jack can be found on the
far right side of the front panel.
Usability: Ease of Set Up
Initial set up of this Blu-ray Disc player was easy.
I used an HDMI cable to hook it up to my Onkyo TX-NR5007 AV
receiver, which takes care of both the video and audio signals.
(My Onkyo AV receiver does the HDMI switching and sends the video
signal to my Epson 1080p projector and decodes the requisite surround sound
formats). I plugged it into an AC outlet, plugged in a
Ethernet network cable, and turned it on. I then checked for and downloaded the latest firmware.
That's was it to enjoy Blu-ray Disc movies. Sony
pre-configured the BDP-S470 with default factory settings for an
HDTV display and surround sound system.
Usability: On-Screen User Interface
Sony modeled the
BDP-S470's graphical user interface after that of Sony Playstation
3's CrossBar design. That's fine, but the on-screen icons are
relatively small and do not make full use of the TV screen real estate.
Most functions can be accessed easily enough through this user
interface, including the access of internet based content.
Usability: Remote Control
The remote control leaves much to be desired.
The buttons are small and tightly arranged, making it hard to
operate without occasionally pressing the wrong button. And
without any glow-in-the-dark buttons or backlighting function, it is
also very difficult to operate in a dimly lit room. It is
obvious that Sony did not make the remote control a priority.
Even considering the entry-level price
point of this player, the form factor of this remote control is a
bit of a disappointment.
Having said all that, the remote control does offer direct
access to most commonly used functions, without having to pull up the
on-screen menu. Four color buttons (yellow, blue, red, green) allow for
BD-Live interactivity. There is a 10-second Replay button and
a 15-second fast Advance button.
Blu-ray Disc picture quality: Blu-ray Disc
picture quality through the HDMI as 1080p is great! The player
is capable of outputting 1080p at 24 frames per second (i.e.,
1080p/24) for film sources, replicating the native frames captured
on film. With a well-produced Blu-ray Disc action movie,
nothing can beat the clarity, detail, color, and brilliance of the
Blu-ray Disc format, and the BDP-S470 certainly brings it to life.
Blu-ray Disc sound quality: Blu-ray Disc
sound quality through the HDMI output using the
DTS-HD Master Audio is awesome. For action movies, my
system's Onkyo AV receiver and
B&W CDM CNT
literally rocked the home theater with a bit-for-bit rendition of
the original studio master soundtrack. I have never heard
surround sound any better, including commercial movie theaters.
By the way, the BDP-S470 delivers picture and sound that is
synchronized, with no "lip synch" problems.
DVD-Video picture quality: During playback
of DVD-Video's native 480p resolution, the Sony up-converted the
picture very nicely to 1080p resolution. As can be expected,
the picture looked soft and lacks the same color depth and
brilliance of Blu-ray Disc movies at native 1080p resolution.
But the picture up-converted by this Blu-ray Disc player generally
looks better than that from a DVD-Video player. The more well
mastered DVD movies will convert up very nicely, without much video
artifacts. Those that were poorly encoded did not show much
improvement, as the proverbial "garbage in is garbage out" saying
DVD-Video sound quality: Both
Dolby Digital and
DTS sound tracks sound good,
comparable to what a DVD-Video player would provide.
Netflix Streaming performance:
streaming is acceptable on the Sony BDP-S470. The Sony
Netflix application does not provide an elegant forward or reverse
scanning capability. Competitive models from
Samsung or Vizio, for example,
offer a series of thumbnail images that gives you an idea of what
images are being scanned through. This more elegant interface
is very much like that of Netflix streaming on a PC browser with the
Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. With the Sony, it is a
frustrating trial-and-error approach to locate a specific scene.
As Netflix streaming users know, there are no chapter marks as you
would find with a Blu-ray Disc or DVD movie. Other than that,
the streaming quality and experience is good through the Ethernet
Competitive Models & Value - How does this model
Within the Sony Blu-ray Disc player line, if you do not have interest
in the 3D Blu-ray Disc titles, you can take a step down to the
entry-level Sony BDP-S370
(about $134) and save about $10. However, if you want upgrade to built-in Wi-Fi
and built-in 1G internal memory for BD-Live content storage, you can
step up to the Sony BDP-S570
(about $205) for about $60 more. If you're looking for a few more bells and whistles, you
can step up to newer
BDP-S770 (about $250)
which includes a backlit remote
control, a free Monster House
3D Blu-ray Disc movie, and a
monolithic 3D chassis design matching the 2010 Sony BRAVIA 3D HDTVs.
In general, Sony Blu-ray Disc players seem to be
competitively priced, compared to other major
brands like Samsung, LG, and Toshiba. The Sony BDP-S470 model compares most
directly to the
Samsung BD-C5500 (about $103),
offering almost the same level of features (less the 3D Ready and
SACD playback) and similar performance
level. The Samsung sells for significantly less and is therefore a
better value. It does come with a better designed remote with
larger and more usable buttons. Netflix streaming navigation
is little bit better with better forward/reverse scanning
The Sony BDP-S470 is a solid performing Blu-ray
Disc player, but not without its shortfalls (namely the remote
control). If you have a desire to try out 3D Blu-ray titles,
demand the best Blu-ray Disc picture quality and sound, want to use
the free iPhone/iPod touch remote control app, or playback
SACDs, this is
likely to be your player. Otherwise, you should also consider
Samsung BD-C5500 for its equally impressive performance, more
internet apps, more usable remote control with larger buttons, and a
lower price point. The only thing the Samsung is missing is
the 3D Blu-ray and SACD playback.
Where To Buy
MSRP originally $199.99. Street and online prices have
dropped to about $130. Support this site by buying through
one of our links:
Amazon.com for $129.50
Buy for $159.99
Abt Electronics for
CompUSA for $159.99
Don't Just Take Our Word for It... Read
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the Sony BDP-S470:
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Associated equipment used in evaluation: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 3-LCD
1080p 16:9 aspect ratio front projector with custom screen, Onkyo TX-NR5007
THX Ultra2 certified A/V receiver with 145 Watts/channel, four
B&W CDM 9NTs as left/right main speakers
and left/right surrounds, B&W CDM CNT center channel speaker,
Mediabridge Ultra HDMI cables available from
Amazon.com, Monster Cable Original speaker cables, and Lovan Sovereign T HiFi audio
rack. For internet streaming and content, we use a Motorola SB5100
cable modem and
Netgear WGR614 wireless-g router
for our home network. Our home theater equipment was calibrated
Essentials (DVE) HD Basics Blu-ray disc.
This review was originally posted on
October 5, 2010.
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