Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray Player Video Review

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/Blu-ray & Misc Hardware' started by admin, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

    admin
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2004
    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Blu-ray player reviews are a strange thing. It used to be that we tested all manner of video and audio quality characteristics using test discs and calibration gear. Well, some of us still do... When it's appropriate. Most of our readers already know who the big dogs are in that high-end market and if they want to pay $400 or more for a player, they're free to do so. But what about the rest of you - the rest of US? Well, the video quality is pretty much a done deal with HDMI. It's generally very good. That pretty much leaves features and aesthetics. Now, despite what I just said, I really do care about quality. But once we determine that the video and audio quality are excellent, as they are with this Sony BDP-S790, well, then I want to see what I get for my $230.
    [​IMG]

    Discuss "Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray Player Video Review" here. Read the article.
  2. cwall99 Full Audioholic

    cwall99
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    316
    Likes Received:
    45
    I like a lot of the little net gadgets on my botton-feeding BDP. Pandora in particular. YouTube's OK. And the weather gadget's are OK too. Even Netflix, though it's an extremely pale imitation of what a Blu Ray disk can provide, is OK.

    But anything that requires you to type text with a typical remote (Facebook, Twitter) is a complete waste of time, and allows you to have a 30-second conversation in 45 minutes.
  3. 3db Audioholic Overlord

    3db
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Messages:
    10,555
    Likes Received:
    2,489
    Location:
    Ottawa Canada
    3db,
  4. Darkwing_duck Audioholic

    Darkwing_duck
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2013
    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Canada
    Hey there is no Spears and Munsil' video quality test or something of that like. It doesnt mention how well the player decodes video other than a
    " the BDP-S790 is an excellent player " ....I need more scientific proof this player is worthy of my approximately $220 bucks! How well does the player do with DVD playback? Is its dynamic capability a 10/10 with the scale used for the review of Oppo players? We dont know! Also how good is the internal DAC in this player for two channel playback? Any listening tests with quantitative evaluations? It kinda of the reason why I visit audioholics.com!
  5. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    I just ordered the Sony S590 from Amazon for ~ $115 (like-new + 1 day shipping). Will get it tomorrow. :D

    I currently have Panasonic, but the Amazon Video sucks w/o Dolby Digital 5.1.

    The Sony has both Amazon 5.1 HD & Netflix 5.1 HD. Will play with it tomorrow.
  6. dpattillo Junior Audioholic

    dpattillo
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    2
    Let us know how it performs. I was hopping for an Oppo but I just bought a $1700 utility trailer so I'm on a much lower budget for a couple months
  7. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    What key points are you looking for?

    For me it's the streaming of 1080p HD/5.1 Dolby Digital movies from both Netflix & Amazon Video, which Oppo lacks (only has Netflix).

    Panasonic BD only has 2.0 audio for Amazon video.

    The BD playback performance is great from most new players. I never listen to SACD/ DVD-A anymore, so that's not even a factor for me. I think SACD/DVD-A is pretty much defunct especially with music concerts released in DTS-HD & TrueHD on BD. Why pay $500-$1000 for a relatively extinct format? Just bitstream the sound via HDMI and let your great AVRs do all the fantastic processing.

    These days, I think $100-$150 for a BD/Media player is all I ever want to spend.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013
    • Like Like x 1
  8. dpattillo Junior Audioholic

    dpattillo
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    2
    My Samsung plasma (PN64E7000) handles the Netflix and amazon although the Samsung apps can be flaky at times. I need a good 3D blue ray with HDMI and digital outs. If I go for the lower end I might just pass on analog audio outs unless it has a killer built in DAC
  9. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

    j_garcia
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    25,220
    Likes Received:
    5,290
    Location:
    San Jose, Ca.
    My older Panasonic doesn't have 5.1 Netflix either, AFAIK. If you already have a BD player, you can always add something like a Roku2/3 that has more streaming options than any player out there will and they cost less than most players. If you want a BD player too, then the current Panasonics are my favorites, but at this price Sony will work just as well.

    I listen to SACD and DVD-A often, so that's a requirement for me.
  10. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    I also looked at Samsung, but there were way too many bad user reviews.

    I think it's best to bitstream the sound to AVRs, which usually have awesome DAC performance. I wholeheartedly believe that the DAC in $1K+ AVRs will perform every bit as great as the DAC in the OPPO flagship. Unequivocal in my mind.
    • Like Like x 1
  11. dpattillo Junior Audioholic

    dpattillo
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    2
  12. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    I don't see the point of a $100 Roku when a $130 Sony 3D BD player can stream 1080p/5.1DD Netflix & 1080p/5.1DD Amazon + YouTube, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora, etc, plus play BD, DVD, CD, & SACD.

    The spec on this Sony S590 also lists "SACD" playback, which I guess isn't a big surprise since SACD is a Sony/Philips proprietary.
  13. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    No, I have two BenQ W6000 projectors & a 120" widescreen. :D
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2013
  14. dpattillo Junior Audioholic

    dpattillo
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    2
  15. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    No, but I do have to move my eyes from side to side :eek: and wear sunglasses during the daylight scenes on the beach. :cool:
    • Like Like x 1
  16. afterlife2 Audioholic Ninja

    afterlife2
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    4,976
    Likes Received:
    1,652
    Location:
    In a Small Space.
    Yep I hope you enjoy it. I have the Sony BX59 It's the same model and features as the 590 just different model number. I'm loving mine. With Roku I can't get Netflix 5.1 only stereo, but works with Amazon It's 5.1. I think the Roku only supports 5.1 DD+ with Netflix, I think my receiver HK 247 is not DD+ capable. Netflix DD+ did work with my Onkyo 707 though.
    • Like Like x 2
  17. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

    j_garcia
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    25,220
    Likes Received:
    5,290
    Location:
    San Jose, Ca.
    Depends on the player. I found that not all players stream the same. That's why I actually use my PS3s for streaming, because they do it better than everything else I've tried short of a PC. If you are only looking for those primary services, then sure a player is fine, but there are HUNDREDS of streaming channels out there that are not available on most players including the PS3.

    DD+ should be compatible with any DD processor IMO. My old 8300 came out long before DD+ and has no issues with it; it sounded pretty good actually. I presume you have it connected HDMI?
  18. afterlife2 Audioholic Ninja

    afterlife2
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    4,976
    Likes Received:
    1,652
    Location:
    In a Small Space.
    Yep and Nope Roku Netflix 5.1DD+ does not work with the HK 247, but with the Sony and Panny it does. I'm hoping and patiently waiting with the Roku software update they can fix that.
  19. AcuDefTechGuy Audioholic Slumlord

    AcuDefTechGuy
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    18,946
    Likes Received:
    4,151
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    So Roku works w/ Amazon 5.1, but does NOT work w/ Netlix 5.1 for you?
  20. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

    j_garcia
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    25,220
    Likes Received:
    5,290
    Location:
    San Jose, Ca.
    That is pretty odd that one works and the other does not, so it sounds like a receiver issue. Which Roku do you have? I have a 2XS and with the UMC, both work. I have not checked for the update yet, but got an email from Roku saying it would be out next week.

Share This Page

  • rbhsound.com
  • BlueJeansCable.com
  • Emotiva.com
  • SVS Sound Subwoofers
  • Experience the Martin Logan Montis
  • CEDIA