The Sony BDP-S560 Blu-ray Disc player not only delivers terrific high-definition images, but also excels at upconverting DVDs, too.

The Sony BDP-S560 is also a Wi-Fi enabled model. But this model lacks the streaming media extras that competing Blu-ray Disc players offer.

The Sony BDP-S560 was most impressive in our black-and-white Good Night and Good Luck test. Even water glasses sitting on a banquet table popped with clarity and brilliance. It did almost as well in colour movies, with a nice feel of dimensionality in the Mission: Impossible III test. Only in the animated Cars did it disappoint, where a sense of flatness earned it a rating of only Good.

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The player earned ratings of Very Goods down the line in our two DVD tests. In the Return of the King test, the colours looked less saturated than those from the reference Sony PlayStation 3 player, but more pleasing and realistic.

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Sony BDP-S560: Specs

  • Tabletop Blu-Ray disc player
  • 430x216x70mm
  • 2.3kg
  • CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, DVD+R DL, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, DVD-R DL
  • Profile 1.1 (Bonus View), Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
  • Video D/A Converter: 12bit/148.5MHz
  • Audio D/A Converter: 24bit/192kHz
  • upscaling up to 1080p
  • supports AVCHD
  • Parental Lock
  • TV Screen Saver
  • Progressive scanning, cinema mode, JPEG photo playback, digital photo playback from USB devices, x.v.Colour technology, BD-Java
  • Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output, Dolby True HD digital output, DTS-HD digital output, Dolby Digital Plus output
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI output
  • component video output
  • SPDIF output
  • composite video/audio output
  • S-Video output
  • USB
  • EPA Energy Star Compliant
  • Tabletop Blu-Ray disc player
  • 430x216x70mm
  • 2.3kg
  • CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, DVD+R DL, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, DVD-R DL
  • Profile 1.1 (Bonus View), Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
  • Video D/A Converter: 12bit/148.5MHz
  • Audio D/A Converter: 24bit/192kHz
  • upscaling up to 1080p
  • supports AVCHD
  • Parental Lock
  • TV Screen Saver
  • Progressive scanning, cinema mode, JPEG photo playback, digital photo playback from USB devices, x.v.Colour technology, BD-Java
  • Dolby Digital output, DTS digital output, Dolby True HD digital output, DTS-HD digital output, Dolby Digital Plus output
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • Ethernet
  • HDMI output
  • component video output
  • SPDIF output
  • composite video/audio output
  • S-Video output
  • USB
  • EPA Energy Star Compliant

OUR VERDICT

It's not the cheapest or the most full-featured, but the Sony BDP-S560 is a good Blu-ray player.

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