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Sony BDP-S4500 review

 Review: June 2015  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The BDP-S4500 is Sony's cheapest 3D Blu-Ray player for 2015. It also includes support for Smart TV via an ethernet cable, although there's no Wi-Fi option.



 

Design & looks

The Sony BDP-S4500 looks the same as the entry-level BDP-S1500. It's a super-compact Blu-Ray player with a sliding tray for disks. The device comes with a remote control, and features a super-quick start time of under one second to boot up. Power consumption is a low 9.5W, and just 0.2W in standby.

Playback

The BDP-S4500 has 3D playback capability, enabling it to play both 2D and 3D Blu-Ray disks. You'll need a 3D-enabled TV to watch these of course. It can also upscale DVDs to Full 1080p HD and includes support for 16-bit deep colour, Triluminos and 24p cinema playback.

In addition to Blu-Ray and DVDs, the player can also play audio CDs.

Sony Entertainment Network

The device also gives you access to Smart TV via the Sony Entertainment Network.This includes catch-up TV, YouTube videos, and a library of movies, music and games. This makes it a relatively cheap way of adding Smart TV to an older television.

Connectivity

The player has a HDMI output for connecting to a HD-Ready TV, plus a coaxial audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

A USB input lets you plug in a USB device to access music, photos or videos on your TV. The device is DLNA compatible.

Smart TV is accessed via an ethernet cable, as there's no wireless Wi-Fi option available in this model.

Sony's SideView app, which is available for Android and iOS, lets you control the Blu-Ray player via a smartphone or tablet.

Conclusion

The Sony BDP-S4500 adds 3D capability to the entry-level BDP-S1500. You should choose this option f you want to watch 3D disks - otherwise the BDP-S1500 is the cheaper option. Note that neither of these models supports Wi-Fi connectivity.


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Reviewed by Ian Ferguson from Scotland on 4th Sep 2015
My first upgrade from a bog standard DVD player. Purchased this Blue Ray along with a cheap 5.1 speaker system. The difference in picture & sound quality is remarkable, even on a budget TV. Two niggles I have. Only basic operating manual provided (arrogant of manufacturers to assume everyone on the planet has internet access to download instructions and updates. I am a pensioner and cannot afford the line rental charge for internet connection which rises year after year far in excess of the rate of inflation). Second gripe is no cables supplied apart from power. So it was annoying that having purchased the hardware to upgrade I couldn't use it for several days till I had sourced both an HDMI cable and a coax sound cable at additional cost. That apart, for the price, this compact unit really performs well.
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