Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony-BDP-S570-Blu-ray-reviewed.gifThe new BDP-S570 is one of Sony’s first 3D-ready Blu-ray players; by “3D-ready,” I mean that it can’t display 3D content out of the box but will be able to do so when Sony releases the necessary firmware update–planned for this summer, to coincide with the release of the company’s first 3D-capable TVs. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BDP-S570, but here is an overview of the player’s features. This Profile 2.0 player supports BD-Live Web functionality and BonusView/picture-in-picture playback, and it offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BDP-S570 features built-in 802.11n for a wireless network connection, and it can receive streamed photos, music, and videos from any DLNA-compliant server. The player supports Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video platform, which includes access to Netflix,  Amazon VOD services, Pandora, YouTube, Picasa, and more. Sony has also developed an iPhone/iPod touch app called “BD Remote” that allows you to control the BDP-S570 from your handheld device, and the new Entertainment Database Browser uses Gracenote technologies for browsing details like actor and production information.

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In terms of video connections, the BDP-S570 offers HDMI, component video and composite video outputs (no S-video). This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. Picture adjustments include the ability to choose between preset picture modes and engage three types of noise reduction; Sony has also added IP noise reduction to specifically address the quality of Internet video sources. Audio outputs include HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and 2-channel analog. The BDP-S570 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI.

The BDP-S570 supports playback of BD, DVD, SACD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx, WMV9, JPEG, and MP3. You can add the player to your home network using either the back-panel Ethernet port or the internal 802.11n wireless module. The BDP-S570 has 1GB of internal memory to store BD-Live content, and a back-panel USB port is provided for additional storage. A second, front-panel USB port supports music, photo and movie playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.

Click to Page 2 for The High Points, The Low Points and The Conslusion.


High Points
• The BDP-S570 is 3D-ready. A future firmware update will allow the player to transport 3D Blu-ray content to compatible TVs.

• The BDP-S570 supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
• The player has internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and can pass these formats in bitstream form over HDMI.
• It supports BD-Live Web content and can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
• You can wirelessly connect the BDP-S570 to your network and stream music, photos, and movies from any DLNA-compatible server.
• This player supports a wide variety of online media platforms, including Netflix, Amazon VOD, Pandora, Picasa, and YouTube.
• An iPhone/iPod touch control app is available.

Low Points
• The BDP-S570 lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it’s not the
best choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• This player lacks an advanced control port like RS-232.

Competition and Comparison
See how this player stacks up against other similarly priced models by reading the Toshiba BDX2800 Blu-ray player review and the Sharp BD-HP24U Blu-ray player review, both reviewed by Adrienne Maxwell.  Or to learn more about Blu-ray players in general, please visit our All Things Blu-ray Players section.

The BDP-S570’s 3D-readiness may be its marquee feature, but this $250
Blu-ray player is also loaded with worthwhile features that you can
enjoy right now. In addition to Blu-ray features like BD-Live,
high-resolution audio decoding, internal memory, and built-in 802.11n,
it adds network-friendly perks like the BRAVIA Internet Video platform
and DLNA media streaming. It’s worth noting that Sony has also released
two less-expensive Profile 2.0 players, both of which offer the same
network-friendly features. The $200 BDP-S470 is also 3D-ready but omits
the onboard memory and built-in 802.11n network connectivity, while the
$180 BDP-S370 omits 3D capability, onboard memory, and wireless network

Additional Resources
• Read full 3D HDTV reviews from
• Read over 100 other professional Blu-ray player reviews from Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, and others.
• Check out the Sony page on the Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray player