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  1. N. Porter says:
    508 of 549 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good device but some weird network issues, March 25, 2011
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    N. Porter
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    This review is from: Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

    [This is a long review warranted by the number of features of the BDP-S580. I want to try to provide as much relevant information as I can in an attempt to make this as useful to you as possible. If you only want a one line “this is great” review, I apologize, but some folks like details 🙂 I know I do.]
    IMPORTANT NOTE: I have added a number of updates and edits over time to keep this review up to date. Be sure to check those as they can show resolutions to earlier problems I experienced. Typically I left the original issues in place in the review, followed by an Edit with a resolution, so that other people running into the same problem may be able to find answers.

    Some background…
    This was bought to replace an older Sharp HP20U Blu-Ray player and some of the features of a DLink DSM-520 network media player. After also having owned the Sony BDP-S570 (the prior model to the S580) for a short while as a first replacement effort, I decided to return that and get this newer BDP-S580 model instead in the hope they might eventually fix or improve on a lot of the DLNA flaws in the 570.

    Let me say up front that I do like this unit, but have some concerns.
    I am running wired connection over gigabit LAN with CAT6, although this device only has a 100M ethernet connection, and use the fastest available Charter service where I typically get 15 to 28 Mbps download speed at any given time. I am using HDMI connections through a receiver to a Sharp 1080p TV.

    First the good…
    1) Blu-ray load times are far faster than many other devices out there. This was one of the main points I wanted to get with the unit. In fact the prior BDP-S570 release is still one of CNET’s fastest ever loaders, even with the ‘quick start’ feature turned off, and this is comparable. I do recommend leaving the fast-start option off in general in order to save energy; the money cost of keeping the device in a kind of startup mode is not worth it if the player can get up to speed quite quickly anyway. As a load speed test, I used the “Avatar” BD, the worst loader by a long shot among disks I own. Avator took over 5 minutes to get to the main menu screen on my old Sharp, and on the Sony it gets to the main menu in around 2 mins 50 secs. This is still not quick, but remember that this is the worst loader I have ever seen. Other BDs such as “Master and Commander”, “Cars”, or “300” all got to their menus within around 30 secs, and by getting to the main menu, I mean it had to go through all the FBI copyright warnings etc.
    2) The unit is quiet when playing a disk. Not silent, but seems better than the S570 and far better than the old Sharp. Note that when you leave a disk in while using other features of the s580, it still makes some noise as if it is always keeping the BD ready to go. I suppose this is no bad idea for a quick launch when you choose the BD from the menu system.
    3) The BDP-S580 uses Sony’s standard XDB interface that can be found on the PS3, PSP etc. I like it but some don’t. In my opinion it is quick, clean, simple to navigate, and this particular device seems to respond very quickly when scrolling the icons/options (some have seemed more sluggish).
    4) I had no issues with buffering, stuttering or pausing during playback of online video. I used Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, YouTube, and the Hulu Plus free HD video to test. No issues during playback of online audio either using Pandora, NPR, Slacker. However, please see notes below in the ‘bad’ section that relate to actually getting the streaming to start…
    5) DLNA playback of Audio files is good and the interface is fast and responsive. Much faster than the Dlink DSM-520. All files have played great so far, and include .wma and .mp3 formats. Note that this comment is in regard to AUDIO FILES ONLY, see the ‘bad’ section for my thoughts on VIDEO files across DLNA…
    6) Picture quality from BD is better than my Sharp player. I believe this is largely due to the deep color system that Sony uses. In fact there are several levels of color depth you can choose if you feel inclined to do so (I just left mine on the Auto setting)
    7) Upconversion of standard DVDs is excellent. Most BD players that upconvert DVDs do it well, and this is no exception.
    8) The “direct attach” USB drive option is improved in the S580 over the S570. This is where you use some kind of external USB drive – portable drive, desktop storage or even USB stick – and plug it directly into the USB port on the S580 to access files on it. There are 2 USB ports on the S580 which is helpful, one front, one rear. With the 570 you could only use FAT formatted drives which are generally not a great idea, but the S580 is now improved to allow use of NTFS formatted drives.
    9) It has a general Internet Browser. This is useful but limited. I have run into issues where pages are not very navigable…

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  2. A. Naseer says:
    100 of 106 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Blu-Ray Player out there, March 16, 2011
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    A. Naseer (Atlanta, GA) –
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    This review is from: Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

    I did a lot of research before purchasing this player. I am not a big Sony fan, and lean more towards Samsumg. I got a Samsung C6800 and returned it after a few days. When I got the Sony, the first difference I noticed was the user friendly XMB menu bar on this player. Setting up options was a breeze and there are quite a bit that can be tweaked. The built-in Wi-Fi works flawlessly. Another good feature it has is that as it streams content, it would show you the current download speed which is neat. Want to control your player from your phone, there’s an iPhone App for that. Load times and picture quality are comparable. It has nice sleak remote as opposed to the quite-frankly ugly Samsumg remote. So all in all it is a solid player and it has alot of the little touches that make it the best out there.

    On a side note, I agree with the other reviewer about the limitation of picture quality on component video connections. But I would’nt take any stars from this player for that because it is a Blu-Ray industry issue. Any new player manufactured on or after Jan 2011 is supposed to restrict the quality on component connections. While it is a different discussion why they should or should’nt do that, bottom line is that it is not a short-coming of this player. If you have component video connections (and many people do), you should be considering the 2010 players.

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  3. A. Brooks says:
    63 of 65 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Blu-Ray, on demand video serious problem, March 20, 2011
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    A. Brooks (Charlotte NC, USA) –
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    We have had excellent experiences with Sony video and audio products. Their devices cost a little more than their competitors but they are high quality, last a long time, and are easy to use. All of our electronics (except computers) are Sony. This blu-ray is no exception. Easy to setup, easy to use, some surprise features, quiet.

    Well the problem is on demand video from netflix or amazon or any other service. It simply doesnt work… often. Its registered, and I verified it with Sony. Its connected to the internet with no problems and the browser works. Movies stream no problem on my PC. We have 6Mbs DSL so movies stream no problems on our PC. I even placed it in the DMZ to allow all ports to talk to it without restriction, no dice. Netflix has the unit registered and it is receiving data. It connected wired and wirelessly with neither working correctly with on demand video services.

    We got 1 movie to work only. All the rest of the time it doesnt connect to the service or partially connected. The one time we were able to watch a movie it was flawless with no hiccups.

    NOTE: If you want to watch blu-ray currently as of this posting you need 10mbs internet speed.

    We are very very sad. We specifically bought this for Netflix and can’t use it. This is why the unit gets 4 stars and not 5.

    If anyone knows something we don’t please let us know.

    — LATER

    Well we found the problem. If you get an IP address for the unit from DHCP it will cause connection problems. Once we assigned the unit a static IP address (manual) with mask, default gateway, and both DNS (manual) the unit worked quite and flawlessly. DNS servers that worked 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

    —- 2 MONTHS LATER

    For best speed and connectivity set the DNS to Google’s DNS servers we use are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. Dont use your DSL/Cable Modem Router as DNS.

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