That’s right, we’ve got the brand-new, BDP-S570 Blu-ray 3D player from Sony, on hand and fully setup. Granted, the Blu-ray 3D feature is — at this point, anyway — unavailable because the player requires a firmware update in order to be compatible with forthcoming Blu-ray 3D discs, and beyond that, no 3D displays have streeted just yet — although, Samsung looks primed to strike first.
Regardless, once we heard that the first Blu-ray 3D players were available for purchase at Best Buy — thanks to our friend Tyler Pruitt’s report at Format War Central — we decided that it was time to take the plunge and see what the latest, greatest Blu-ray players from Sony had to offer.
Upgrading from the tried-and-true Sony BDP-S350, the S570 is a fairly large leap forward in many ways. Eventual Blu-ray 3D playback is arguably the biggest upgrade over the now-old, but still relevant, BDP-S350. Additionally though, we get the added bonus of built-in WiFi connectivity (something that isn’t new per se, but definitely much-appreciated), as well as a bevy of streaming media options, such as Slacker Radio, Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Youtube, Qriocity (read here for more info), and countless other options.
Beyond the streaming services, and in a move that is sure to entice discerning audiophiles, Sony has outfitted this player, and all of the newest players — the BDP-S370 excluded — with SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) playback. This is a notable feature inclusion because none of the previous Blu-ray players had this feature, and only the original PlayStation 3 consoles (20GB and 60GB) had this capability, so it’s nice to see its return.
The S570 also comes replete with 1GB of internal memory for BD-Live downloads, two USB ports (one on the front, one on the rear), and the ability to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a BD Remote (after downloading a free app).
— Full HD 1080p single-disc Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD, SA-CD player
— Blu-ray 3D ready (with firmware update available this summer)
— BRAVIA Monolithic Design
— BRAVIA Internet Video and BD-LIVE(TM)
— IP Content Noise Reduction
— Built-in Wi-Fi® Wireless (802.11) with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
— Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote technology
— BD Remote (iPhone/iPod touch remote control – free app.)
— Photo/music/video playback via USB and DLNA® (with firmware update)
— DVD upscaling to 1080p with Precision Cinema HD Upscaling
— Dolby® TrueHD and dts®-HD Master Audio(TM) decoding
— Built-in 1GB Memory
Moving forward, once we got the unit unboxed and hooked up, it was time to power it on and see what the unit was capable of. Boot up times were as follows: 10 seconds (Quick Start) and 24 seconds (Normal). Interestingly, these times were longer than that of the BDP-S350, which clocks in at: 6 seconds (Quick Start) and a mere 22 seconds (Normal), but not by more than a few seconds, so really, the difference is borderline negligible.
As far as Blu-ray disc loading is concerned, the S570 trounces the S350 on all accounts. We compared three different titles, and here are the results we got (measuring from the time the disc-tray closes to when the disc menu is available/movie starts (in WB’s case)):
Michael Clayton: 1 minute 7 seconds
Baraka: 45 seconds
Cloverfield: 1 minute 2 seconds
Out of the five Blu-ray Players we have on hand to test, the S570 is easily the fastest loading player we’ve got overall, beating out Oppo’s BDP-83, the Sony BDP-S350, the PS3 Slim, and the brand-new Oppo BDP-80 (on all but one title — the BDP-80 bested the S570 by 2 seconds on loading Baraka). Simply put, this is a quick load player — easily one of the fastest we’ve ever seen, if not the fastest.
That about does it for the quick, hands on report, but before we go, here are all of our unboxing photos, as promised. Enjoy, and again, be sure to check back soon for our full review!