Blu-ray Disc™ Players BDP-S350 and BDP-S550

These next-generation Blu-ray players are brimming with advanced features not found on conventional DVD players. Both players can exactly reproduce the 24 frames per second of the cinematic original, so that what you see at home is as close as possible to the theatrical experience, completely free of the inaccuracies forced by the standard conversion to DVD. As well as this sought-after 24p True Cinema feature, each player offers outstanding audio. The BDP-S550 even has support for DTS-HD Master Audio Decoder and 7.1 Ch analogue audio output which means that it can be connected directly to a legacy home-theatre receiver without HDMI for the ultimate movie and surround-sound experience.

These Blu-ray disc™ players are a must for HDTV owners since they are capable of the ultimate in High Definition: 1080p Full HD. They also feature Precision Cinema HD Upscale, which can increase the resolution of standard DVDs (480i) to 1080p, so existing movie collections will also look outstanding on an HDTV. Furthermore, the BDP-S550 comes with BD Live, a feature enabling users to access studio-specific online content including blogs, interviews, competitions and special added-value content not included on the disc. The BDP-S350 is BD Live-ready, and customers can download the software upgrade directly to the player from October onwards.

For all their advanced functionality both players are easy and intuitive to use thanks to their XcrossMediaBar interface, and BRAVIA Sync technology makes connecting and operating them together with BRAVIA televisions and Home Theatre systems as simple as it can be.

High-End Blu-ray Player BDP-S5000ES

ES stands for Elevated Standard, which encapsulates what this superlative Blu-ray player is all about. Engineered to meet the most demanding requirements of the serious Home Theatre devotee, the BDP-S5000ES will push the High Definition experience to the limit.

The player combines outstandingly clear and vivid picture quality with the very best audio. Advanced 14-bit video processing technologies like HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping selectively sharpen detail, enrich colour and disguise imperfections in the original source. Superior analogue output is assured by the high performance 14-bit/297MHz digital/analogue converter (DAC).

When it comes to audio, the BDP-S5000ES creates sound that matches the video for quality and precision. It offers decoding for the latest High Definition audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, with 7.1 channel Linear PCM output as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream audio output to external AV receivers or decoders.

Existing DVD collections get the HD makeover thanks to Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology, which boosts resolution all the way up to 1080p, revitalising the viewing experience. When a Blu-ray disc is the source, 24p True Cinema delivers absolute fidelity to the cinematic 24 frames per second, perfectly reproducing the original as it was meant to be seen.

A high-stability Precision Drive HD transport mechanism and ultra-rigid frame and beam chassis construction suppress vibration and yield near-silent operation.

To make the most of the extra features becoming available on Blu-ray title releases, the S5000ES is compatible with BD-Live, enabling it to access exciting online services and extra content, such as commentaries and special features, which can be downloaded from the Internet and saved on the included 1GB USB flash storage device.

In addition, that Internet connection, via the player’s Ethernet port, will allow future firmware enhancements, allowing the player to be kept up to date with any developments in features or functionality.

Installation is fully customisable, and the player can be used with the Sony SCD-XA5400ES Super Audio CD player and the Sony STR-DA5400ES AV receiver to create the ultimate total entertainment system.