02-23-2011 04:57 AM #1Member
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Sony BDP-S780, BDP-S580, BDP-S480, and BDP-S380 pricing information and some details
Here is some pricing information on the Sony BDP-S780, BDP-S580, BDP-S480, and BDP-S380 which are all 2011 models. The difference in price between mail order prices and retail prices is very small. One day when Blu-ray players are selling for under $50 there will not be much or any profit to be made on the players. Retail stores will make their money by selling the Blu-ray movies.
The following 4 Blu-ray players contain 1080P HDMI and 480i component video outputs
1. Sony BDP-S780 3-D Blu-ray player: scheduled to be released in April. Suggested retail price $249.99. Mail order price under $243. Faster loading speed compared to all prior Sony models released according to press release. (UPC Code: 027242817722)
2. Sony BDP-S580 3-D Blu-ray player: scheduled to be released in March. Suggested retail price $199.99. Mail order price under $194. (UPC Code: 027242815414)
3. Sony BDP-S480 3-D Blu-ray player: Available now. Suggested retail price $179.99. Mail order price under $175. (UPC Code: 027242815407)
4. Sony BDP-S380 2-D Blu-ray player: Available now. Suggested retail price $149.99. Mail order price under $146. (UPC Code: 027242813908)
“All of the models play back DVD, CD and SACD discs in addition to Blu-ray Discs.”
Some key features of the BDP-S780:
“Building on industry leading fast load times, the model features an improved start up and disc loading performance. When the quick start feature is turned on, the start-up time is quicker and disc loading is faster than previous models.”
“The player also has Skype™ embedded. When connecting a USB TV camera, purchased separately, users can enjoy free widescreen Skype-to-Skype video calls with friends and family from the comfort of their living rooms.”
Per the AACS adopter agreement all new 2011 Blu-ray players announced after Jan 1st 2011 require HDMI connections to view Blu-ray movies at HD quality (analog video connections are no longer allowed to output HD quality). All 2011 Panasonic Blu-ray players completely removed the component video outputs, the good news is the Sony 2011 Blu-ray players all have 480i component video outputs. So at least people with old 480i displays have a choice to use the higher quality 480i component video outputs compared to the lower quality 480i composite video outputs. Some people are not ready yet to upgrade to HDTV’s for every room in the house and would like to once and awhile play their Blu-ray movies on old SD quality displays.
“"with the exception of Existing Models, any Licensed Player manufactured after December 31, 2010 shall limit analog video outputs for Decrypted AACS Content to SD Interlace Modes only [composite video, s-video, 480i component video and 576i video]. Existing Models may be manufactured and sold by Adopter up until December 31, 2011."
AACS Adopter Agreement (see page 105)
02-23-2011 01:27 PM #2
Sony seems to be mincing words with the whole "faster than last year bit". I don't use the fast upstart mode on my current models, 350,360. It basicly leaves the unit on all the time. That isnt faster start up, it is just leaving it on. I don't even care about how fast it is to turn on, I want it to load faster once you close the drawer.
I am awaiting the 580's arrival at Crutchfield. Hopefully it will be faster than my 350 and 360.
02-24-2011 03:34 AM #3Member
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According to the following CNET review link, the 2010 Sony BDP-S570 is the fastest Blu-ray player on the market when compared to all other models. Now in theory the Sony BDP-S580 will be just as fast or faster. According to Sony corporation the BDP-S780 is even faster than the record breaking BDP-S570 when it comes to disc loading speed.
02-24-2011 04:16 AM #4
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