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post #2461 of 2844
I have the Sony S370 and recently I have had problems getting surround sound track to play. My receiver says it is only getting stereo and plays the left and right audio tracks (no center channel so no voices). If I stop the disc and start it again it sometimes starts playing the surround sound track correctly and will stay that way until the movie is finished.

The player is hooked up with HDMI. My PS3 does not have this problem so I don't think it is the receiver.

The problems seemed to start after installing the newest Sony firmware update, but that could be a coincidence. Any ideas on what to try?
post #2462 of 2844
On 06/28/2011, Sony posted update M03.R.769 for the BDP-S270. Does anyone know what's in this update, and whether it still has the BD-Live bug (this is the bug where, if you have a USB drive in the back slot, and put in a Blu-Ray disk that has BD-Live, it delays the loading of the disk while it automatically, and unstoppably, validates/downloads (?) the BD-Live features.

Thanks!
/j
post #2463 of 2844
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Originally Posted by limiter View Post

I have the Sony S370 and recently I have had problems getting surround sound track to play. My receiver says it is only getting stereo and plays the left and right audio tracks (no center channel so no voices). If I stop the disc and start it again it sometimes starts playing the surround sound track correctly and will stay that way until the movie is finished.

The player is hooked up with HDMI. My PS3 does not have this problem so I don't think it is the receiver.

The problems seemed to start after installing the newest Sony firmware update, but that could be a coincidence. Any ideas on what to try?

Sometimes after a firmware update your setup menu settings get reset back to defaults. Go into your setup menu and recheck your HDMI audio out settings....Make sure it is set for Auto and not just PCM.
post #2464 of 2844
I've been using my player as a streaming device because my Xbox is unavailable right now, but some of the files aren't showing up for some reason, anyone know how to fix this? I don't think it's because of file extension. MKVs show up despite them not being playable
post #2465 of 2844
Is anyone having issues streaming a netflix movie when it is part of series? For example, for my kids i have Beethoven 3, Beethoven 4, and Beethoven 5 in my Watch Instant queue. If I click on Beethoven 5, it takes me to a screen which lists "Beethoven 5" and "See All Seasons". It will only allow me to click on "See All Seasons" which takes me to a screen which lists all three Beethoven movies. It wont' allow me to scroll to the movie and play it.

Anyone having this problem? It's happened to me on other movies as well that were part of a series.
post #2466 of 2844
I've had an issue with TV series where it always opens the last season. I have to go to the list to pick the correct one.
post #2467 of 2844
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

I've had an issue with TV series where it always opens the last season. I have to go to the list to pick the correct one.

It's really bad with a show where the last season is not all streaming. Phineas and Ferb, for example, comes up with season 3, but only the first 7 are available, the rest show "DVD only". Unfortunately, you can't scroll through the "DVD only" ones to get to the "Show all seasons" button, and the UI doesn't wrap around so I can't go from episode 1 to "Show all seasons", so I am unable to watch seasons 1 or 2 of Phineas and Ferb via my 370.
post #2468 of 2844
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Originally Posted by absami View Post

Hello I have HT-S5405 connected with Bluray player BDP-S470 and Asus Oplay Mini Media player....when i play movies on media player the reciever shows the sound in red font if its dts, true hd or dd and the same when i play normal dvd movies.....

but the problem is when i play bluray movies weather they are 3d or not it does not show the audio detail in red but it shows pcm instead.....i think the audio from bluray is not being processed properly into the receiver...what to do?

Change the BD Audio Mix to the Off position.
post #2469 of 2844
And it is not that your audio is being processed incorrectly, most likely as the poster above states, you have the BD audio mix turned on. Also make sure your HDMI audio out is set for Auto and not PCM. With the Audio Mix turned ON the player is decoding the audio and feeding it to your receiver as multichannel PCM. This is also the method you need to use if you want the secondary audio tracks or special audio to be output while watching a movie.. You are still getting high resolution audio, same as the bitstream option with the Mix turned OFF. It just comes down to preference of whether you want your receiver to decode the audio or your player.
post #2470 of 2844
I want to rip my DVD collections to my NAS and am wondering what file types are accepted by this player. Thanks.
post #2471 of 2844
Does this player limit your selection to your netflix instant queue? Or can you search/browse other suggestions?

Thanks
post #2472 of 2844
Out of the box, it's queue-only. After a firmware upgrade and/or downloading "new internet content," it will let you do browsing and searching.
post #2473 of 2844
im about to jump on a brand new s470 that i found in the local classifieds. been using a sammy 1500 since it came out, so based on what ive read in this thread, its a much better player than my samsung.
post #2474 of 2844
I'm having a weird problem with my BDP-S470. No matter what I seem to do, I can't see the "HOME" screen that you normally see when you first turn on the unit. It's just a black screen with nothing, like the player isn't even turned on. Yet, if I open up the tray, and put a disk in it, then the movie will start playing.

I just can't seem to get the "HOME" screen or dashboard or whatever you want to call it. I tried pressing the home button on the remote, but nothing happens. I can't get into the setup menu for the player, because I can't get it back to the Home screen.
post #2475 of 2844
Just a guess but what output are you using? I'd try using composite to see if you can see the setup menu. Possibly the player is set to a resolution your TV doesn't support? Composite will always be 480i and every N. American TV should display 480i.
post #2476 of 2844
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Just a guess but what output are you using? I'd try using composite to see if you can see the setup menu. Possibly the player is set to a resolution your TV doesn't support? Composite will always be 480i and every N. American TV should display 480i.

Since a movie can be seen, it would not likely be a resolution compatibility issue.

It's likely a problem with the unit, since the home screen should appear shortly after the unit is powered on without a disc inserted.
If you power on the unit from the front panel, after the "wait" and "no disc" indication does the front panel readout show "home"?
That should occur in less than 30 seconds. The front panel readout should also show "home" after you ask for it with the remote.

I have a S370 and very occasionally have a problem not being able to bring up the home screen.

The last time it occurred was trying to play the Tron Legacy SD DVD.
I put it in the drawer and close it and I hear an audio beep that is on the DVD and the time readout shows it is playing, but in my situation the screen is blank during play. I press the home button on the remote and nothing shows on the screen. I press stop and home, and get nothing.

I open the drawer and close it and the same thing occurs.

I remove the disc and power the unit off and on, try it again and it works.
post #2477 of 2844
Try unpluging the player and take out the usb drive if you have one on the player, then plug it again without the usb.
post #2478 of 2844
Ya, if you are using BD-Live/USB stick , try clearing out the memory. Set up your output resolution again and lock it in to just whatever resolution you want...ex 1080p, 720p, etc... don't leave it at Auto.. try turning on your devices in a different order...
post #2479 of 2844
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Just a guess but what output are you using? I'd try using composite to see if you can see the setup menu. Possibly the player is set to a resolution your TV doesn't support? Composite will always be 480i and every N. American TV should display 480i.

+1. Possibly the resolution is set to one that is not supported by the TV and HDMI output of the player may have been set to "Original Resolution" (which would change resolution depending on the disc)?
post #2480 of 2844
I no longer have my 370 , but had the blank screen problem too at one point (for no apparent reason) . Seems you may need to try a unit reset . If I remember correctly , you need to hold down the power on button for 15+ seconds to reset the unit to default . That "should" get you back to an onscreen menu to try and atleast asses the problem further .
post #2481 of 2844
I got a bargain on a BDP-S470 that has replaced my BDP-S350. Main reason was to be able to play SACD-R (backup of SACD on ordinary DVD-R). This it does flawlessly except for some tag display issues, only partially resolved by r-752 firmware. My receiver is fully DSD compatible so the Sony is really only a transport in this context. Same goes for Blu-ray, passed on via HDMI to the receivers Reon chip. But strangely enough I find the BDP-S470's image noticeably brighter than the BDP-S350's, unless I opt for "Picture Quality Mode = Theater Room". Can be fixed with calibration but I'm not totally happy with the notion that at least one of these Sony players manipulates the image.

I wasn't expecting the BDP-S470 to be a great media player and streamer because I didn't buy it for that purpose. But I didn't expect the DLNA feature become something that just cloggs up the main menu and will remain an annoyance for as long as I keep this player. No FLAC and no decent handling of MKV, which makes this Sony product quite obsolete for quality media. Neither will it be used for DVD since I also have an Oppo DV980-H with very decent scaling capabilities.

My bottom line is that Sony BDP-S470 is just a product among dozens of other products. Nothing remarkable except the design flaw that allows for SACD-R playback. But I suppose that neither is it worse than other players of its kind.
post #2482 of 2844
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Originally Posted by ArnoldLayne View Post

My bottom line is that Sony BDP-S470 is just a product among dozens of other products. Nothing remarkable

Give us some news we can use.

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Originally Posted by ArnoldLayne View Post

except the design flaw that allows for SACD-R playback.

Why is playing a SACD formatted disc a design flaw? It doesn't matter if it is recordable media or not.
In the operation instructions, SACD-R is not listed as a disc that is not playable.
It plays recordable DVD-R as well. Is that a design flaw?
post #2483 of 2844
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Originally Posted by Beeper View Post
Why is playing a SACD formatted disc a design flaw? It doesn't matter if it is recordable media or not.
In the operation instructions, SACD-R is not listed as a disc that is not playable.
It plays recordable DVD-R as well. Is that a design flaw?
I meant that it is a design flaw from Sony's point of view, in terms of copy protection. The (most likely unintended) feature makes it possible to play SACD disc copies which recently have become available via a PS3 hack.
post #2484 of 2844
Member explain your WHOLE procedure to get an SACD-R. That's a very rare animal I have not heard of before.
Thank you
post #2485 of 2844
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

Member explain your WHOLE procedure to get an SACD-R. That's a very rare animal I have not heard of before.
Thank you

I haven't done it myself since I don't own the required vintage PS3 with suitable custom firmware. But basically it's just to install a small program that tells the Playstation to read the SACD and dump a disc image of it on a pendrive. This image can be burnt on an ordinary DVD-R and reproduced in one among a handful of players, among others Sony BDP-Sx70 (Sx80 too, probably) and Oppo BD-xx.
post #2486 of 2844
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post
SACD-R. That's a very rare animal I have not heard of before.
Thank you
http://mojaveproductions.blog.com/20...ry-day-sacd-r/

There are a number of players that don't check for pit signal processing.
So you might not want to do a firmware update if you want to continue having that ability.
post #2487 of 2844
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Originally Posted by deano86 View Post

Sometimes after a firmware update your setup menu settings get reset back to defaults. Go into your setup menu and recheck your HDMI audio out settings....Make sure it is set for Auto and not just PCM.

Thanks for the advice, I checked the audio settings and they were set for auto. I also tried doing a full system reset and still have the problem. I am thinking of trying to downgrade the player to the previous firmware since that worked before.
post #2488 of 2844
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Originally Posted by limiter View Post

Thanks for the advice, I checked the audio settings and they were set for auto. I also tried doing a full system reset and still have the problem. I am thinking of trying to downgrade the player to the previous firmware since that worked before.

Swap your HDMI cable with another and try another receiver HDMI input...
post #2489 of 2844
Got one of those Costco models = BDP-BX37 and got the Planet oF The Apes boxset from there yesterday, but wasn't able to play any of the discs on there.... So far its the only bd I haven't been able to play. It plays fine on a ps3.

Anybody else having this issue?
post #2490 of 2844
Anyone else a bit miffed with the new Netflix interface?

It's great that we can now do more than just work with our Instant Queue but come on Sony, you already have a slick interface on the PS3. On it if you watch a show every episode appears in the More Episodes list and is always there to quickly jump. Here, watching Cheers for example, I have to start at Season Eleven, move pages to the last entry to reach "See More Seasons" (just making this first would be better) and then select the season I want. Then scroll to the right entry. Blech.

Granted, I guess I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth as when I bought the unit it sucked at Netflix but I just can't see why they thought this was a good approach. I'm sure memory is a major issue with the box but, again, just even re-thinking the menus would get us there a lot more intuitively and faster.
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