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Sony S1500/ S3500 / S4500 / S5500 / S6500 Blu-ray players

Anyone have any info? They're due to be out soon and I need a new Blu-ray player. Currently, the S6200 is the front runner for me, but I'd like to find out more about these before I commit.

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Looks like one of the main updates is the new players will include Playstation Now.

More info here:
http://www.i4u.com/2015/01/87851/son...dp-s1500-ces-2

Also, the only model listed on Sony's site as of 1.24.2015 is the S5500 model, which may indicate it will be the first to market.
http://store.sony.com/ces-2015-blu-r...y-ces-2015-bdp

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Looks like UK has already in their website!

http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/bl...y-disc-players


It certainly looks much better than the stupid trapezoid top!

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The UK is getting 2 additional models the S1500 and S3500. No sign yet of the S6500. None of these models have a display which to me, is a deal breaker. I hope the S6500 has a display if they ever release it.
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Any word on pricing? I want to stick with Sony, as besides Oppo they are the top Blu ray, for the money. I dislike the look of the S6200 and if the S4500 or S5500 is comparable I'd wait for it.
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There is also information on the Sony blog regarding the players. The S6500 is coming in early summer, while the others are said to be coming in the spring. I like the new design from what I have seen so far.
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http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/bl...yers/bdp-s5500

109.00 euros, which is approx $123 US dollars for the s5500.
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Sony.com is saying March 21st and $139.99 for the S5500. Bestbuy shows the same, so I guess they're shipping in a few weeks.

Unit looks great, I just hope the hardware is at least equivalent to the S6200.
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Sony.com is saying March 21st and $139.99 for the S5500. Bestbuy shows the same, so I guess they're shipping in a few weeks.

Unit looks great, I just hope the hardware is at least equivalent to the S6200.
Based on the descriptions used on the UK Sony site, the S5500 is just a 3D Blu-ray player, and will not upscale to 4K. Not sure if this is a deal breaker for you, but it looks like the S6500 is going to be the one to get if you need 4K upscaling. The S6200 was a really fast player too because of the dual core processor, and I'm pretty sure the S5500 isn't going to have a dual core processor, as there is no mention of one in the marketing materials for it.
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For me, the real question is if the 5200 will play Mockingjay Part 1 without audio dropouts.

I was quite annoyed about getting them with my current 590. It's the first title to cause them. The dropouts are consistent with the excessive use of "Seamless Branching". *grump*

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Based on the descriptions used on the UK Sony site, the S5500 is just a 3D Blu-ray player, and will not upscale to 4K. Not sure if this is a deal breaker for you, but it looks like the S6500 is going to be the one to get if you need 4K upscaling. The S6200 was a really fast player too because of the dual core processor, and I'm pretty sure the S5500 isn't going to have a dual core processor, as there is no mention of one in the marketing materials for it.
The 4k upscaling isn't of interest to me, but the dual core is slightly. The only advantage would be faster load times, ?
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Apparently the 5500 doesn't support SACD, either Supposedly the 6500 will.

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The 4k upscaling isn't of interest to me, but the dual core is slightly. The only advantage would be faster load times, ?
Nope. Not on load time. The current dual-core players (S790, S6200 and S7200) only see advantages in streaming apps or general UI responsiveness. But, there will be other features added to the 6500 that is not available on 5500 or lower models.
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Sounds like it's worth waiting for the S6500.
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Apparently the 5500 doesn't support SACD, either Supposedly the 6500 will.
Best Buy lists SA-CD as one of the supported formats. I'm still watching on a Pioneer Kuro, so no need for 4K right now. As I understand, other than being able to upscale to 4K, the only other features the 6500 holds over the 5500 are streaming/app related. If that's the case, as someone who much prefers physical media to streaming, I think I should be good with the 5500.
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Best Buy has the BDP-S1500 and and 3500 in stock. I think the other models are still "pre-order". I grabbed the 3500 yesterday but haven't had a chance to get it out of the box. I'm glad they dropped that stupid diamond look and went back to a normal rectangle design. These supposedly have improved Wi-Fi built in.
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I see that BB Online has the S1500 and S3500 available now. The S5500 is still available to pre-order. Last night I was in my local BB and they didn't yet have the new players in stock. Let us know what your overall thoughts are on the player. We are interested to know what the new UI is like.
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Just be aware the specs on the bestbuy site are wrong. The 1500 has no wifi. $90 seem a little steep too. If I were buying today, I'd opt for last year's 1200 for $60. Better yet would be the BX320 on Amazon for $65. It has an HDMI cable in the box and wifi.

Will be interesting to see if these are as bad as the early reviews seem to indicate.

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There have been reviews?!
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There have been reviews?!
Only a couple of customer comments on the best buy site. No formal reviews.
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Nope. Not on load time. The current dual-core players (S790, S6200 and S7200) only see advantages in streaming apps or general UI responsiveness. But, there will be other features added to the 6500 that is not available on 5500 or lower models.
Yes. The dual core processor does have faster java load times for many Blu-ray Discs. At least that was the case when I compared my S6200's to my S5100s. Of course ultimately it's not a huge difference but it was noticeably faster on many titles with the S6200.

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Are there any new apps or updated older apps with the x500 models? Ultimately this will probably be the deciding factor whether I pick up one of these models. I already have two of the S5100's and two of the S6200's. I can't see how there will be any difference in BD playback so any app changes or additions and it might get me to pick up a couple of the new models.

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Save your money for 4K BD players.
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Or better yet, buy a media streaming box. The apps are updated regularly.
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Any multichannel analog?
How about subtitle shift?
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Any multichannel analog?
I think you have to go back about 5 generations to get that from a Sony player.
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How about subtitle shift?
I've never had the desire to shift subtitles, so I have no idea there. Seems like a streaming box would more likely be able to handle that than your average disc player.
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These players look great.

SACD support is a nice feature. Good to have if I decide to take the plunge into the format sometime this year

ALTHOUGH, if some of the players can read SACD ISO files in native DSD, it would be so great. Like the bargain of the year in audio

But first, I'm interested in network connectivity, Wi-Fi, YouTube and android app above all.
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Best Buy lists SA-CD as one of the supported formats. I'm still watching on a Pioneer Kuro, so no need for 4K right now. As I understand, other than being able to upscale to 4K, the only other features the 6500 holds over the 5500 are streaming/app related. If that's the case, as someone who much prefers physical media to streaming, I think I should be good with the 5500.
Only the 6500 supports SACD. The app platform is the same across all players.

As someone already mentioned dont waste your money buying these players for apps, buy a Firetv, ATV, Roku ... Etc.
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Or better yet, buy a media streaming box. The apps are updated regularly.
I have dozens of devices with streaming apps. No one devices excels at or has access to all the apps available,. So I will always need multiple devices to get the best of the streaming apps. SOme of the Sony BD player apps are much better that the versions that some dedicated streaming devices have.

FOr instance I have several ROkus. A ROku 3 and a couple of ROku2 boxes. The Sony S6500 has many apps that are much better and do a better job than the ROku is capable of. Years ago I used my ROkus on a regular basis. Now I rarely turn them on. I only use them for one streaming app. The Funimation app. Which is only available on a few devices.

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That's interesting. I would have thought that the Roku would have more apps and that they would be more current. I still feel that in general a media streamer is a better option, but it is nice that you get apps with BD players these days. The one issue is that they stop receiving updates after the first year, for the most part. The PS3 is still one of the few players that will receive app updates, keeping up with other devices. But it is interesting how apps vary on some players. I noticed PQ differences on my PS3 vs 2013 Panasonic TV vs 2013 Panasonic BD player. And sometimes the TV's apps, particularly Hulu, will stutter while the BD player and PS3 are rock-solid. All devices are wired. The TV and BD player UIs are the same, but I don't know if the apps are the same version. Sometimes the apps may appear the same but they differ. Anyway, glad the S6200 is working well for you.

One thing I hated about the Sony S5100 was that you had to connect to Sony's network service to get to the apps. And since I didn't use quick start, I had to log in every time I wanted to use the apps, which was annoying.
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