BDP-S790 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/bdp-s790/all en-GB Sony BDP-S790 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-bdp-s790/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new flagship Blu-ray player packs 4K-capable video upscaling and a tidy price. We test out just how future-proof the S790 is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony BDP-S790" alt="Sony BDP-S790" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-BDP-S790-review-press-1_4_0.jpg?1376671203" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Packs some serious image quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great, too </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Comes with a number of useful apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stylish but not radical </div> <div class="field-item even"> Jury&#039;s out on the 4k upscaling </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> intro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BDP-S790 is Sony’s new flagship Blu-ray player, the latest weapon in the&nbsp;Japanese giant’s fight to regain the home entertainment high ground. Its powerful 4K-capable video upscaling is a unique feature at this price: even if you’re unlikely to use it just yet, it still invests the little Sony with a reassuringly future-proof demeanour. But is there more to this great value player than its headline-grabbing specs?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sleek appearance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's nothing radical about the BDP-S790’s styling but it’s&nbsp;still a good-looking and slick little player. Both touchpanel controls and disc-loading times are impressively responsive, its remote handset is prosaic but effective (unlike the jazzier touchpanel designs supplied with top-spec Panasonic players) and Sony’s XrossMediaBar on-screen&nbsp;menu system is nice and familiar.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony BDP-S790" alt="Sony BDP-S790" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-BDP-S790-review_3.jpg?1376671203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> twice the 3D fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with many premium Blu-ray players, the BDP-S790 includes twin 3D-capable&nbsp;HDMI outputs, which can be linked either to twin displays (say, a projector and&nbsp;a TV) or to a combination of an older, non-3D-capable AV amplifier and your 3D&nbsp;display. The pay-off for this apparent extravagance is a dearth of older, analogue&nbsp;connectors. You won’t find multichannel analogue outputs on a BDP-S790: if you&nbsp;want to upgrade a much older AV amp, <a href="/review/panasonic-dmp-bdt500">Panasonic’s DMP-BDT500</a> is a better bet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> superb streaming  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>2012-series Sony kit has added Netflix support to the mix, bolstering the&nbsp;company’s long-established love for, er, LoveFilm. This joins Sony’s own&nbsp;Entertainment Network content (both movies and music) plus iPlayer and&nbsp;Demand 5 apps and a bunch of other platforms such as EuroSport and&nbsp;YouTube. Integrated Wi-Fi simplifies getting online, Skype is supported via an&nbsp;optional camera, and DLNA support means streaming from your computer or&nbsp;NAS is straightforward.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MediaRemote app  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone with an Android or iOS smartphone or tab can chuck out the BDP-S790’s remote&nbsp;and use Sony’s free MediaRemote app instead. It works brilliantly, pulling in&nbsp;Gracenote-enabled metadata on the content you’re playing, complete with sleeve&nbsp;art, cast and crew info plus links to additional online material&nbsp;designed to enhance what you’re watching. You can choose between a touch-type ‘simple’ cursor control or a more in-depth ‘full’ remote with a button-based&nbsp;interface, too – we'd go for the simple remote.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture and sound quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is the Sony’s 4K-capable upscaling any good? That's hard to say at this stage: there are&nbsp;so few compatible displays around. But as a regular Blu-ray player, the BDP-S790 is simply wonderful. Its colour balance, edge definition, motion handling&nbsp;and overall insight bettering that of any class rival with both 2D and 3D video.&nbsp;Its sound quality is well up to snuff too, being a shade leaner than the muscular&nbsp;approach favoured by Panasonic players, but no less impressive, especially with&nbsp;music.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony’s put the lot into the BDP-790, and it shows. Its picture performance is&nbsp;simply outstanding, as good as that of any player available, and it’s an enjoyable&nbsp;listen too. It’s also great to use, either with its simple, effective remote handset&nbsp;(take note, Panasonic) or via its excellent control app. Add in the promise of its&nbsp;future-proof upscaling and you’ve got a simply brilliant buy – <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blu-ray-and-dvd/top-ten">No.1 in our Top Ten list of best Blu-ray players</a> it is then.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fabulous performance, impressive specs, superb usability: meet the new&nbsp;leader of the budget Blu-ray player pack.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-bdp-s790 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-bdp-s790/review#comments BDP-S790 Blu-ray and DVD Sony Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:13:36 +0000 Sophie Charara 423065 at http://www.stuff.tv