Posted Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
Adds that the ES line will be available from specialty AV retailers only. No online sales.
The BDP-S1700ES player from Sony is a slick looking player, and there's no doubt that the build quality is on par with that typically found in the Elevated Standard product line. On paper though, at least with what we know right now, it's a bit underwhelming.
Sony boasts iPod and iPhone control options, with Android based phones getting the app soon. You'll be able to use your phone as a controller, but also as a device to view details about the movie or music that you're playing.
There's also built-in WiFi capability, which lets you get on to the BRAVIA Internet Video service and to Sony's new premium service – the unfortunately named Qriocity.
The new player is 3D capable, DLNA compliant and it does all the upscaling and HD audio decoding you'd expect. It's also got an IR jack on the back so you can integrate it into your system.
It seems like a nice enough player, but it doesn't seem to do anything that makes it go above and beyond. Still, you can pick it up for $400 when it launches this August.
You won't be finding this one on Amazon though, it will be available through specialty retailers and custom installers only, with no online sales allowed by Sony.
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