Finally picked up a bluray player (Sony BDP-S480) after waiting for prices to drop. I don't really need a bluray, as my media library includes 8TB of 720p and 1080p movies already.... but figured, why not.
I found this unit is very fast loading discs and pretty quiet. As a BR player it seems fine, but what caused me to finally purchase it (aside from price of $139.00) was to play with VUDU, Netflix, etc. and to use as a secondary media streamer for my library.
The first problem I noticed is that none of the streamed content, including VUDU 1080p DD5.1 movies will pass DD5.1 to my receiver. Only PCM 2.0. I discussed this with Sony (waste of time) and was told no BR players can send bitstream from streamed content. I have a feeling that is NOT correct, but may be so for the Sony player. Anyone know which players can raw bitstream passthru over HDMI for streamed content? Maybe VUDU, etc send Multichannel PCM rather than the raw bitstream?
So, next I plugged in a USB hub with 3 drives. The Sony only sees one drive. Again, Sony says no hub support, which apparently is true. Any other players work with a hub?
Finally, the Sony does not seem to include uPnP Server support. It works fine as a client, but I can not see any content available from the Sony on my network. Anyone know if other players can do this?
I am disappointed in this unit for it's non-bluray features and would like to find something else that can do BR well, plus bitstreaming multichannel raw audio and support multiple USB drives as a uPnp server. Anyone have a suggestion?