Sony BDP-S390 review

Best Blu-ray player up to £100, Awards 2012. Sony stuns with its talented budget Blu-ray player Tested at £90

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Our Verdict

Best Blu-ray player up to £100, Awards 2012. Undoubtedly a talented and affordable disc-spinner

For

  • Clear and detailed picture
  • lively colour balance
  • stable motion
  • smart features
  • good functionality
  • price

Against

  • Sound could be fuller
  • no 3D

The senior sibling in this range, the Sony BDP-S790, was well received, and now it’s time for Sony’s most budget-conscious Blu-ray player to step up.

The BDP-S390 is compact, with a stylish curved top. There’s no display, but there is a USB port where you can plug in a hard drive or memory stick to play photos, videos or music files.

Sony BDP-S390

Sony BDP-S390

Sony BDP-S390: Features

The rear panel has the minimum basic connections: HDMI, coaxial, video and analogue outputs, and an ethernet port as well as built-in wi-fi.

Despite its budget price, the S390 comes with the feature-rich Sony Entertainment Network, including BBC iPlayer, YouTube, internet browsing, and entertainment and news apps.

You’ll have to invest more to get Skype or 3D functionality, but it does have the ability to play Super Audio CDs.

Sony BDP-S390: Picture quality

So far so good, but it’s when we play a Blu-ray of Quantum of Solace that the BDP-S390 truly impresses. It would be easy to get lost in the relentless action-packed sequences, but the Sony confidently delivers crisp, clear pictures.

Colours are lively without being overblown, and the contrast is well balanced with no harsh glare. We’re not expecting a breathtaking level of insight with a budget player, but there is enough detail to convey a good sense of depth, and the picture is generally lovely to watch.

Sony BDP-S390

Sony BDP-S390

Motion is stable, with no obvious issues to distract from enjoying the film. Sonically it’s not quite as robust or powerful as its Panasonic rival, but things never get too bright, and dialogue is clear and precise.

The picture quality remains consistent whether you’re catching up on BBC iPlayer or perusing your DVD collection. High definition shows such as Parade’s End are relatively noise-free with plenty of detail, while the S390 is a competent upscaler of DVDs to its Full HD resolution.

Sony BDP-S390: Verdict

There’s a lot of competition in the affordable Blu-ray player market. This Sony stands out not just by being smartly built, but by delivering a wonderful picture performance that’s remarkable at this price.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS390
Product NameSony BDP-S390
Product ModelBDP-S390

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BDP-S390 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
DLNA CertifiedYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, SACD, AAC, MP3, M4A, WAV, WMA, WMA9
Sound SystemDTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, Dolby Digital, DTS Neo:6, DTS HD

Technical Information

Features1080p Upscaling, BD Live, Screen Saver, Child Lock, Parental Control, Internet Streaming, Bonus View
Media FormatsBD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
Number of Discs1
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, XviD, WMV9, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MKV, BDMV, PS, MPEG, M2TS, MTS, M4V

Physical Characteristics

ColourBlack

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year