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4xxx models lack wifi. Obviously Sony US thinks it will be dead in the water due to lack of wifi.
Good catch. I didn't notice the deletion of wi-fi in the 4500, which the 3500 includes. For the same price the purchaser chooses either 3D or wi-fi. To obtain both features one would buy the 5500.

Interesting marketing by Sony for its U.K. customers.
 

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Just got a 3500. Going to hook it up in a few minutes. My main system uses a PS3, and since I don't need 4k upscaling or 3D (plasma TV), and the Triluminos is gimicky, the 3500 fits the bill nicely.
 
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Blu-ray 2D and 3D picture quality is my main concern, not internet streaming. Is the 6500 worth it, or should I save a few bucks and go with the 5500?
 

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PQ for 1080p 2D and 3D, considering past years, should be identical. Unless you want SBM, which I am unsure is on the 5500. I do not use it.
 

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Blu-ray 2D and 3D picture quality is my main concern, not internet streaming. Is the 6500 worth it, or should I save a few bucks and go with the 5500?
Most people will tell you the PQ should be identical but I don't agree. The S5500 and the S6500 DOESN'T have the same video processing chip. Sony's flagship players has been using the CREAS chip (which incudes SBMV) for the last few years now and I think the PQ is slightly better as a result. I have the S7200 and the S3200 from last year and through my eyes, the S7200 produces the better image. Also, the S7200 operates and load discs faster than the lower models. Just my .2 cents.
 

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I did notice the SoC with "CXD" seems to mean CREAS chip (looking at my pics 7200 and 6500 are CXD while 1500 is not). Also the SBM in the menu should be another tip off I guess.

Not sure if someone wants to pull the cover on a 5500 to tell us what chip number it is :)


The question is, if you do not use SBM or Deep color, why would they be different in PQ? I am not sure what SMB helps, but I do know what t negatively affects on a test pattern.
 

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Ive had the S3500 for a couple days now and I'm blown away by this little gem of a player. It passed every test pattern I threw at it, load times were a lot faster than my Oppo. I'm very happy I bought it. Sound and picture quality are phenomenal.
 

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I did notice the SoC with "CXD" seems to mean CREAS chip (looking at my pics 7200 and 6500 are CXD while 1500 is not). Also the SBM in the menu should be another tip off I guess.

Not sure if someone wants to pull the cover on a 5500 to tell us what chip number it is :)


The question is, if you do not use SBM or Deep color, why would they be different in PQ? I am not sure what SMB helps, but I do know what t negatively affects on a test pattern.
I have no idea what any those acronyms are! :p
 

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Most people will tell you the PQ should be identical but I don't agree. The S5500 and the S6500 DOESN'T have the same video processing chip. Sony's flagship players has been using the CREAS chip (which incudes SBMV) for the last few years now and I think the PQ is slightly better as a result. I have the S7200 and the S3200 from last year and through my eyes, the S7200 produces the better image. Also, the S7200 operates and load discs faster than the lower models. Just my .2 cents.

The S6500 also has SBMV.
 

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He was saying the 5500 PQ would be different than the 6500 because the 6500 has the CREAS chip (SBM) and the 5500 does not. Which should mean the 5500 does not have SBM.

I am not convinced, with SBM off, that the 5500 and 6500 would yield a different 1080p blu-ray PQ.
 

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The S6500 also has SBMV.

Correct. What I was trying to explain is that Sony flagship models has a different chipset and I was giving the example of last year's models. This year model, their flagship is the S6500 which should have the same video chipset as the S7200/S6200 from last year. The S5500 which the one the OP was asking about does not have the same chip as the S6500.
 

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Correct. What I was trying to explain is that Sony flagship models has a different chipset and I was giving the example of last year's models. This year model, their flagship is the S6500 which should have the same video chipset as the S7200/S6200 from last year. The S5500 which the one the OP was asking about does not have the same chip as the S6500.
Sorry my mistake, I misread what you said.
 

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He was saying the 5500 PQ would be different than the 6500 because the 6500 has the CREAS chip (SBM) and the 5500 does not. Which should mean the 5500 does not have SBM.

I am not convinced, with SBM off, that the 5500 and 6500 would yield a different 1080p blu-ray PQ.
SBM on or off, to me eyes my S7200 edges out my S3200, but that's just me.
 

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This year model, their flagship is the S6500 which should have the same video chipset as the S7200/S6200 from last year.
Confirmed in the images I already posted. Just slightly different numbering.
 

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SBM on or off, to me eyes my S7200 edges out my S3200, but that's just me.
I have not been able to compare. I have had the 6200, 7200 and 6500. So I can't say for sure.
 

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Sounds like I should get the 6500. Since I now have a projector, I need the best PQ possible without spending a fortune on an Oppo.
 

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I guess you have about $30 xtra from a 5500. Or order both from Amazon, test them both, and send one back :)
 
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