Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta
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So, I received my BDP-S760 this morning. It was a nice surprise on my last day of unemployment. Tomorrow I start my new job, and thus, start saving for a new (JVC) projector in January. Ha!
After playing around with some Blu-ray disks including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Crank 2, and Gladiator, as well as the DVD of Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, I wanted to post my initial views. The S760 is much faster than my Panasonic BD30. It’s more responsive, quicker to power up/shutdown, and feels more refined. Once I had the set-up complete—bitstreaming to my Denon AVR-3808CI and displaying on a Panasonic PT-AE2000 and a 118” Carada BW screen—I found the audio and video quite pleasing. No it isn’t a massive improvement over my old BD30. In fact I can’t really see or hear much of a difference with Blu-rays. I played with the Reality Enhancer quite a bit, but haven’t yet noticed any real difference on the Blu-ray movies I auditioned. However for DVD everything changes, that’s where the Reality Enhancer really improved the picture quality. I’d have to say that picture-wise, the S760 is about as good with DVD upconversion as my Denon DVD-3930CI. With the Reality Enhancer cranked all the way up to 3, the details of Revenge of the Sith were brought out without any noticeable artifacts. Audio was fine, but one can expect that much with bitstreaming.
As far as the Wi-Fi goes, well, as I predicted I can’t get it to connect with my router. I swear Telus makes this kind of task a nightmare. I’ll have to wait until tonight to get some help from my wife—she’s the router expert in our house. I did connect via Ethernet cable just to make sure everything works. Sony included a 4 GB USB stick with my order, so I was happy when Crank 2 booted up quickly and without incident. Overall I’m happy with the S760. It’s an improvement in performance over my BD30, but as I now know for myself, bitsreaming and blu-ray all look and sound the same if you have decent equipment. I’ve sold my BD30, I just hope this S760 will be as stable as that old Panasonic was. This is the first Sony product I’ve owned since the mid-90’s, so my future purchases rest solely on the what happens between now and when I upgrade to a profile 3 blu-ray player in a couple of years time. For an MSRP of $499 Canadian, I think this is a great player, especially with DVD upconversion, ease of use, and response time. Based on features and price, if you’re looking for a mid-priced option, I’d recommend this player. Sony has a decent reputation of customer service and firmware updates—in my opinion a must for choosing a blu-ray player.
"Not throwing my hands up or my dress above my ears don't mean I ain't awestruck." Al Swearengen