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Sony BDP-S4100 review

 Review: March 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Sony BDP-S4100 is a 3D-capable Blu-Ray player with a unique design, but it misses out on Wi-Fi connectivity.



 

Review

The Sony BDP-S4100 is the Blu-Ray player for you if you want to watch movies in 3D. But not if you want Wi-Fi too. It seems like there's some feature missing from each of Sony's 2013 range of Blu-Ray players. If you want everything, you'll need the BDP-S5100.

Design & looks

Like the other Blu-Ray players in Sony's 2013 line-up, the BDP-S4100 has gone all angular. The S4100 has a striking asymmetric design, which makes it stand out from the crowd, assuming that's what you want from your AV equipment. If "unusual" is high on your list of requirements from a Blu-Ray player, then the S4100 could be the one for you.

Playback

The S4100 can handle both 2D and 3D Blu-Ray disks, as well as DVDs (with upscaling to 1080p) and audio CDs. It will also convert 2D content into 3D. It's a competent player, but isn't a match for the outstanding Panasonic DMP-BDT220.

The player supports the 16 bit deep colour standard and also Sony's new Triluminos LED backlighting system, so you should choose a Sony Triluminos Blu-Ray player if you plan to buy one of Sony's new Triluminos TVs in the future.

BD-Live 2.0 enables you to download additional content via an internet connection.

Sony Entertainment Network

The Sony Entertainment Network gives you internet access to online movies, catch-up TV, music and YouTube videos.

Connectivity

The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI and there's a coaxial audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

A USB port lets you plug in a USB drive and access music, photos or videos on your TV. DLNA is supported, so you can easily stream content from PCs, laptops, smartphones, etc.

Unfortunately, when it comes to internet access, Sony is playing mean and not including Wi-Fi - even though the BDP-S3100 does include built-in Wi-Fi. Instead you can buy an optional USB Wi-Fi dongle, or make use of the ethernet connection instead. Don't worry if your router is located in another room, because you can now run broadband via your electrical sockets using HomePlug adapters.

A new smartphone app called TV Side View is available for use with the S4100. This allows you to use an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet as a remote control or mouse for browsing the web.

Conclusion

The BDP-S4100 is certainly a stylish Blu-Ray player with a distinctive design. It's the cheapest in the Sony range to support 3D playback, and it also offers support for any future Sony TV that has Triluminos colour, although these are prohibitively expensive at the current time.

The DLNA support and the new Side View smartphone app are nice-to-have features, but it's a pity that Wi-Fi is missing. For that, you'll need to consider the flagship BDP-S5100 model.


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Reviewed by Santosh from India on 19th Feb 2014
I am not satisfied with this player it doesnot have power off resume. Every u want to play need to 3 button on remot to start . It in convinient it is not having quick start
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Reviewed by Srinivasarao Pothala from India on 4th Nov 2013
The Picture and audio quality is very good. no much difference between normal and upscaled video. but in this price tag Good player.
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Reviewed by boss from england on 25th Jun 2013
the picture quality is good but i have seen better dont use smart features
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