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Sony reveals flagship BDP-S780 3D blu-ray player – plus a pair of 2.1 systems

Sony's long-awaited BDP-S780 3D Blu-ray player makes its UK debut today, along with a pair of new 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema systems.

The BDP-S780 (£230) slots into the 2011 Sony range above the already-announced BDP-S380, BDP-S480 and BDP-S580 (see our earlier blog).

It delivers Full HD 3D images from Blu-ray discs, has bult-in wi-fi and Skype, includes 2D to 3D upconversion and has Advanced IP Content Noise Reduction Pro technology to improve picture quality on low-quality web content.

The player can be operated via a smartphone using the Media Remote application.

Also joining Sony's 2011 range are the BDV-L600 (£500, above) and BDV-EF200 (£350, below) Blu-ray in a box systems.

Both are 3D compatible, and include Bravia Internet Video with YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Sky News and LoveFilm.

Virtual surround sound is delivered courtesy of Sony's S-Force Pro 3D technology, and like the BDP-S780 standalone player the 2.1 systems incorporate IP picture noise reduction.

The Sony BDV-EF200 comes with a built-in iPod dock too.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.