Sony has taken a bold decision and launched higher end Blu ray disc player in the market with Sony BDP-S5000ES. It is a pure breed, made to deliver limitless audio and video quality in a sophisticated fashion. This blu ray disc player is large and heavy with robust built quality. It is built with dedicated components and has ability to support the latest blu ray specifications and advanced image processing facility. Though the blu ray market is not fully accomplish DVD player market, Sony keep launching advanced blu ray disc players targeting niche segment of the consumer electronic market.
Whether it is lower end player or higher end blu ray player, Sony has firm strategy to accomplish the market share. Sony BDP-S5000ES is the premium end in the blu ray player spectrum and one of the most expensive home theatre rigs. There is lot of difference when a blu ray movies is played in cheaper blu ray player and higher end players. And for those who are discerning enthusiast for ultimate audio and video, Sony BDP-S5000ES is pleasant surprise. Let’s get into more detail and see what it has that really mesmerise us.
This Sony BDP-S5000ES blu ray player weighs 10kg that is twice the weight of normal blu ray player and has surprising size, which struggles a little in getting into shelf where other fully equipped player would easily occupy. This large sized blu ray player is three rack spaces tall and physically significant in built quality accentuating the point of solid and reliability. It looks like a first generation blu ray player with unshakable Sony look. In order to bring the genre of robust body, this player is made with brushed aluminium instead of durable plastic finish, which you have seen in the Sony’s earlier version.
This brushed aluminium cover looks more attractive than matte finished plastic showy. This player is built in more professional way and the front face is elegantly finished with limited number of controls. There is no menu buttons or fast Forward/Rewind button and you need to control them through remote. Sony would have tried something different when designing remote control for such highly priced machine. The usability of the remote control is limited. All the connections are conveniently placed at the back of the player.
Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Player is fully equipped with high definition audio standards and has up to date upgrades in decoding mechanism. The high definition audio standards include DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. It well supports the BD-Live standards, which includes two of the most sorted out blu ray specification such as Bonus View (Profile 1.1) and BD-Live (profile 2.0). These features enable the users to enjoy contents from both online as well as from disc itself.
In order to get most out of BD live components, this BDP-S5000ES Blue Ray player has 1GB micro vault that is placed in the USB port at the back. But this port is used only for storing BD live data and you cannot store other information. This is a setback for such highly priced blu ray disc player where it can read only photos and mp3. The back space has also accommodated Ethernet port and you can only use CD/DVD to access and consume all media types, which is a drawback with this player.
You can improve the blu ray movie viewing experience with the help of wide options to setup image processing features and this impressive features are ‘HD Reality Enhancer’ and ‘Supper Bit Mapping’. The HD Reality Enhancer includes three noise reduction options setting such as ‘Enhance’, ‘Smoothing’ and ‘FGR’. All these setting works well for smooth picture edge, picture gradation and reduce the grain in the picture.
Graphic user interface:
All audio and video setup can be done by using Sony’s famous Xross Media Bar Graphic user interface. This GUI offers many options for video setup that improves the video signal from HDMI output and compensates the signal loss of analogue video cable. The audio setup involves adjustment of speaker setting that enables the analogue surround sound adjust according to the speaker position.
At the back of the player has enough port connection for any input and output purpose. There is a HDMI A/V output, composite and component output along with Sony trademark S video output. Sony offers comprehensive set of audio connection in the bay with coaxial and optical digital along with 7.1 analog surround sound output. It features stereo audio outputs, 1080i Component video outputs and a USB slot along with Ethernet port connection.
Performance in Detail:
This blu ray disc player is highlighted with tangible selling point of better video quality and excellent music distribution. There are many low priced blu ray players that can deliver impressive video quality but not accompanied by good audio. If you would like to search for a player that has both the features with high importance then Sony BDP-S5000ES can do the job well.
Picture performance of BDP-S5000ES:
When you play a full length blu ray movie you can find the picture edges are sharp enough to give well defined image quality. With exact colour palette and opt contrast level, this player would bring you true picture viewing experience. The picture transition from dark hues to light hues is well defined with correct contrast level and by using GUI you can set your options for perfect hue distribution.
The extra noise reduction feature ‘HD Reality Enhancer’ has minimal importance when it comes to remove any unwanted noise. It is not that good in uncovering extra layer of noise with full details but it does its job well when try to fix any noise problem. This feature is also good at reducing MNR noise reduction. This blu ray disc player is made with on board Digital Analog Convertor (DAC) and does the better job of decoding Dolby TrueHD stream. The HD stream has lot of information than a normal Dolby sound and the full stream of HD is well decoded by this player along with receiver. The on board DAC does the job of integrated sound channels well into the sound field and it delivers powerful sound through the receiver.
This Sony blu ray player is not only accentuated with excellent picture and sound quality but also better with music. You can set to hear soothing music with perfect bass level and stereo spread. The sound quality spreads in the room with more atmospheric effect and it is more appropriate and gives a majestic sweep between long and short pitch sound.
Disk Loading Time:
Disk loading time is also an important factor that determines the performance of a player. You can avoid any inconvenience and hassle of slow loading time by choosing a blu ray player with valuable fast disc loading time that meets today’s multimedia intensive requirement. Sony BDP-S5000ES has fast mode with on and off option and when you load java heavy blu ray movie, this player would take approximately one minute 13 seconds. It is fast loading time when compared to other higher priced blu ray player. Even when the fast mode is off, Sony managed well to perform with this least loading time with one minute 26 seconds.
Sony BDP-S5000ES is a classy and fully equipped blu ray player with quite a lot of high end video and audio features. All those features are not that impressive and found to be an additional bonus. But this player is still highly sorted out rig that has little touch both in audio and video performance though it misses out the network.