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The Sony BDP-S301 is a Blu-ray disc player released in 2007.

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Pros

Built-in fan component is very quiet - virtually inaudible even amongst low-volume dialogue scenes

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Cons

Discs cannot be left in the player before powering down - several users report issues powering the unit back up with a disc inside

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Firmware updating is exceptionally convoluted - users must download a file, burn it onto a disc and follow a number of on-screen prompts to successfully perform an update

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General load times are very slow - may take up to 5 seconds when selecting menus or cueing simple prompts

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Several issues report unit freezing issues after watching as few as 10 movies - may eventually present users with a "CANNOT PLAY THIS DISC" notice

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Not compatible with Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD MA codecs - likely to influence many potential consumers to look at other Blu-Ray players

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Default resolution is set at 480p - many users go weeks or months before realizing that 1080i must be manually selected

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The Sony BDP-S301 is a Blu-ray disc player released in 2007. It supports all CDs and DVDs, but is restricted to only BD-ROMs. Regardless, it offers full 1080p video playback via Sony’s 24p True Cinema technology, which ensures the film plays as it was originally intended to look. It is also compatible with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound audio. Signature is the integrated BRAVIA Theatre Sync, which is based on HDMI-CEC and allows easy control and playback of all HDMI connected devices. Additional featuers include access to on-screen menus and HD bonus materials, MPEG2 & MPEG4 compatibility, and DVD upscaling to 1080p.

Features
  • Blu-ray Disc Player
  • CD/DVD/BD-ROM Playback
  • JPEG/MP3 Playback
  • HDMI w/x.v.Color
  • DVD Upscaling
  • HDMI-CEC
  • BRAVIA Theatre Sync
  • Dolby Digital Plus
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • LPCM Multi-Channel
  • DTs Decoding/Output
  • 7.1-Channel Output
Specifications
  • Tray: CD/DVD/BD (BD-ROM ONLY)
  • Playback: 1080/24p and 60p
Inputs/Outputs
  • Analog Audio Out
  • Coaxial Audio Digital Out
  • Component Video Out
  • Composite Video Out
  • HDMI Out
  • IR In
  • Optical Audio Out
  • PCM Out
  • S-Video Out
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