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Old 08-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Sony’s Top of the Line BDP-S790 Blu-ray 3D player (September 2012 Home Theater magazine review)


The Sony BDP-S790 has many positive features. I will first mention the negatives. The Sony BDP-S790 lacks 1GB of built in memory for BD-LIVE and requires the consumer to plug in an external USB drive to use the BD-LIVE feature (Hopefully future Sony Blu-ray players will include 1GB of built in memory for BD-LIVE). The Sony Playstation 3 offers 1Gbps networking but the Sony BDP-S790 is limited to 100Mbps networking speed. There is no legacy 480i component video output, but the Sony offers 480i composite video output for those that do not own a HD display yet. The Sony BDP-S790 offers no legacy 7.1 analog audio outputs and requires consumers to own a modern A/V receiver with HDMI input if they want to listen to the advanced audio formats. Lossy audio formats can be heard over the Blu-ray players coaxial digital or optical output with almost any legacy A/V receiver (left and right stereo analog audio output is also offered for legacy stereo systems). No DVD-Audio support on the Sony BDP-S790. Also the power cord is not detachable. If the power cord is damaged the Blu-ray player will need to be serviced by a Sony repair shop.


The many positives of the Sony BDP-S790


The Sony BDP-S790 plays Blu-rays, DVD’s, Super Audio CD’s, and standard CD’s. According to the Home Theater magazine review over 50 streaming services are offered with USB keyboard support. The USB keyboard support is a nice feature.

There are two HDMI 1.4 outputs on the Sony BDP-S790. The Sony BDP-S790 offers 4K upscaling feature for those consumers that own the $25,000 Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K 3-D SXRD Front Projector. Also in the future 4K upscaling will become an important feature when lower cost under $10,000 4K quality displays are introduced to the consumer market.

According to the Home Theater magazine review the Sony BDP-S790 offers an outstanding video processor for both DVD and Blu-ray playback that matches the quality of the reference OPPO BDP-93 (It might even surpass it when connected to a 4K display but the 4K scaling feature was not tested in this review).


The following are select word for word quotes from the September 2012 Home Theater magazine review (review located on pages 54-56)


“If you’ve into BD-Live content, the player doesn’t include the 1 gigabyte of memory that’s needed, but you can add your own using one of the two USB ports.”

Picture wise, the default output rivaled my reference Oppo player, which is quite an accomplishment since the BDP-S790’s MSRP is half the cost.”

“The best Blu-ray players I’ve used are the Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-95, and while the Sony BDP-S790 build quality is inferior to the Oppo’s its performance equals theirs in nearly every way. At only $250, it receives my highest recommendations.”

“As you can see in the Video Test Bench section, the BDP-S790 sailed through all of our tests and ranks up there with the very best solutions for DVD upscaling. Furthermore, the start-up time and disc-loading performance are extremely fast, and I never found myself growing impatient while the latest Blu-ray releases loaded.”

“As with virtually all Blu-ray players on the market, the Sony can internally decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks and send them via HDMI as PCM.”

“The BDP-S790 has the biggest variety of streaming services – 50 in total – I’ve seen in a Blu-ray player.”

“If you aren’t a fan of using a screen-based keyboard, the BDP-S790 supports a wired or wireless USB keyboard plugged into the front USB jack.”

http://www.hometheater.com/content/s...-ray-3d-player

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
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Read the review but I'm not sure this player is any better than my old bdp470.

I guess if I had a 4k display but,... I don't.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
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I came close to buying the S790 but at the last minute didnt. My S570 is still running strong, I dont have a 4K display and wont for a long time, dont have no use for Skype ect so why bother? But nice review none the less from HT mag.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #4
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For those on you still on the fence: Buy this player NOW....I have owned several players througout the years including Sony's own S570 and S770 and this is by FAR the best player I've ever owned. Right off the bat the PQ is the best I've seen so far and easily best previous Sony players
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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Hi,

I just re-read the home theater magazine review and looked at the 790 and 590 on sony's website.

From what I can tell, the 590 is in the same line (like the older 370,470,570 line) but the 790 has skype and pq adjustments that shouldn't be adjusted anyway.

My BJs has the bdp59 which is the 590 with a hdmi cable on sale for $109. I'm tempted to pick it up. I do need another hdmi cable.

My bdp470 is holding up well but my older 370 has had some issues so I'd be looking to replace that one.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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Will this unit still choke on region free 1080/50i UK Blu Rays, eg The UK version of Sherlock, Primeval or Strike Back
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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the fact that this plays SACD's is a huge plus in my book.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:49 PM   #8
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the fact that this plays SACD's is a huge plus in my book.
Yeah, it's great. But,... Not uncommon for Sony's blu ray players. All three of my older players play SACD. (bdp 370,bdp 470, and old style PS3.)
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Yeah, it's great. But,... Not uncommon for Sony's blu ray players. All three of my older players play SACD. (bdp 370,bdp 470, and old style PS3.)
My S570 plays SACD as well. The S790 sounds like a great Blu ray player and its getting rave reviews all over the net but it just doesnt have enough features for me to need to upgrade from my S570.
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Guys, if you care a lot about PQ, this player will blow you away....Best PQ I've ever seen. I've owned several players throughout the years including the S350, S570 and S770 and believe me, there's a BIG difference in PQ.
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Guys, if you care a lot about PQ, this player will blow you away....Best PQ I've ever seen. I've owned several players throughout the years including the S350, S570 and S770 and believe me, there's a BIG difference in PQ.
I believe you (sort of) but I can't imagine how that would be true.

The output of 570 is nearly perfect. Secrets of Home Theater website found the HDMI output to be slightly off (likely not visable) but then again they also found the current players (590 and 790) to be off but it was fixed via FW update.

Maybe the older players were fixed via FW update too?

I tried a 590 to replace my 370 and to me the pq was identical on my 82 inch screen.

I won't suggest it's not better but it doesn't really seem like it SHOULD be.

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The Home Theater magazine weblink to the Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player review was just released online:

http://www.hometheater.com/content/sony-bdp-s790-blu-ray-3d-player
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Just picked this up to replace my Panny BDT-300 and I'm loving it. The primary reason for the upgrade was the Sony's ability to stream Amazon Instant Video with Dolby Digital which the Panny was incapable of. It works great. Build quality is solid. BD picture and sound quality is top notch with plenty of features from your a full suite of A/V tweaks to an internet browser and a pretty impressive phone/tablet app. I've no use for the 4K feature, but dual HDMI was a must and the streaming options are VERY extensive with well-polished interfaces which probably benefit from the dual core processor. One thing I noticed is that of the 5-6 blu-ray players I've owned over the years this is the first one that allows scanning and frame step in reverse on Blu-rays. There's even a full browser (Opera based) that you can use in a pinch. If you use the mobile app you can use it for touchpad mouse navigation and keyboard entry for most functions. It supposedly will accept USB keyboards as well. Front and back USB ports are provided. Disc spin noise is a little whiny during startup and menu screen, but silences during playback. The remote is fairly pedestrian and very "clicky" but has a nice finish. Very happy with this purchase.
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This Sony BDP-S790 is capable of converting 480i film based DVD’s to 1080p/24 and 4K/24 by doing a reverse 3:2 pulldown. Also deep color upscaling is supported. 1080P/24 Blu-rays can be upscaled to 4K/24. Quick start and Gracenote is even offered.

This Sony 4K upscaling player will even pass SACD DSD signals from both HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 like most other Blu-ray players with two HDMI outputs (except for the new OPPO BDP-103/105 that does not offer DSD from HDMI port 1 and only HDMI port 2).

With the dual core processor this Sony BDP-S790 is comparable to the OPPO BDP-103. Of course, the Sony does not play DVD-Audio discs like the OPPO does and it will not play 50Hz international Blu-ray HD content like the OPPO BDP-103 (some international Blu-ray titles are encoded as region all).


http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langI d=-1&productId=8198552921666436490#specifications

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Well apparently we Canadians will not be getting the BDP-S790 from what I was told by CS

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Thank you for contacting us regarding the availability of BDPS790.

Unfortunately it has been confirmed that this model will not be available in Canada.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused you.

Regards,

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http://www.store.sony.ca
Too bad as this looked like a real performer for the price
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This Sony BDP-S790 is capable of converting 480i film based DVDís to 1080p/24 and 4K/24 by doing a reverse 3:2 pulldown. Also deep color upscaling is supported. 1080P/24 Blu-rays can be upscaled to 4K/24. Quick start and Gracenote is even offered.

This Sony 4K upscaling player will even pass SACD DSD signals from both HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 like most other Blu-ray players with two HDMI outputs (except for the new OPPO BDP-103/105 that does not offer DSD from HDMI port 1 and only HDMI port 2).

With the dual core processor this Sony BDP-S790 is comparable to the OPPO BDP-103. Of course, the Sony does not play DVD-Audio discs like the OPPO does and it will not play 50Hz international Blu-ray HD content like the OPPO BDP-103 (some international Blu-ray titles are encoded as region all).


http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langI d=-1&productId=8198552921666436490#specifications

Wow they say its comparable to the Oppo BDP-103? That says alot to compare it to the mighty Oppo which I didnt think any Blu ray player could equal. I think this player deserves a second look for me.
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Will this unit still choke on region free 1080/50i UK Blu Rays, eg The UK version of Sherlock, Primeval or Strike Back
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Panasonic and Sony USA Blu-ray players that are region A cannot play 1080i 50Hz international region all Blu-ray discs. The OPPO Blu-ray players are ideal for those consumers that want to play international Blu-ray titles encoded as region all (or region B or C with a third party modification).
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All i can say is wow!!!the picture is better than the PS3 PERIOD
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I was thinking about purchasing this player but someone told me that it's overkill for my usage. I'm looking for a dedicated blu-ray player. I'm right now using my PS3 as a blu-ray player and streamer. The reason why I want a dedicated Blu-ray player is because I'm not exactly having a flawless experience using my Harmony PS3 adapter with my Harmony 650 remote. I find it too sensitive when using my PS3, as sometimes it will double the commands if I press normal, but if I practically tap the buttons then it won't double the remote's commands for the PS3 functions. But I might just stick with my PS3 and live with the issues I'm having with my Harmony remote on it.

I recently tried out a Sony BDP-S185 and an LG BDP620. I returned the BDP-185 because I was having login issues with my Sony Essentials account and therefore could not link the player to my Sony Essentials account, therefore could not use Netflx on it. I'm returning the LG BDP620 that I only used for 10 minutues because I when I was in the Neflix menu, my TV screen blacked out for a second along with a quick static noise come from my TV speakers. I also find the BP620 slow navigating to the Netflix app after the player fully booted up, for example I click on Premium, then I get a message saying something about it detecting my network connection for a few seconds, then I have to click on Premium again when the message goes away and it took about 6-7 seconds to load the Premium apps section after clicking on Premium. Also navigating through the Neflix interface does not feel as responsive as doing it on my PS3 and also I can get to Netflix quicker on my PS3 after a full bootup of my PS3.

The BDP-790 might be overkill for me as somone told me because I don't care for 3D or wi-fi, but I would like speed, quietness, user-friendliness, and quality 1080p upconverting. If I do decide to try another blu-ray player, my next step is going for the Sony BDP-790, but if I decide not to get the BDP-790, I'll just stick with my PS3.
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