"Quick Player with some flaws..."2.5 starson by Jon Shimamoto
Pros: This player loads Blu-rays and DVDs quickly... Blu-Ray playback is excellent
Cons: Interface a bit clunky but easy to use... Wireless capability very weak... Only has one antenna (the previous model had two) so reception is mediocre. DVD playback is average.
Summary: I have the BDP-S570 and the BDP-S580... If you are looking for wireless capability, get the 570... the reception on the 580 is very bad with its single antenna. With the player 35 ft away from my router, I can get 4-50% signal strength, with the 570, 70-90% in the same location. One nice feature is a signal strength indicator. Also, the 580 has more internet services available over the 570.correction... the 580 has a signal strength of 40-50% when 35 ft away from the router... Also can confirm that the wireless 802.11N only operates at the 2.4GHz band, it does not work at 5GHz. The sensitivity does not change when changing between 802.11N or G signals... The routers i have tested with the Sonys are a Cisco E4200 and a Netgear AVR3700...
Blu-Ray playback is very good, with no noticeable issues. DVD playback is another story. The picture is not as sharp as my Pioneer BDP-05FD. Also, panning images on the Sony judders while it is smoother on the Pioneer. The Sony has more issues with video compared to film sources with noticeable stair stepping and aliasing with DVDs.
Performance (speed) is excellent. The remote responds quickly and has decent range. However, the Sony has a very narrow angle so you may need to be directly in front of the player. Load times are above average.
HDMI has some issues with my Onkyo receiver (it could be a receiver problem, Onkyo receivers have known HDMI issues) where it occasionally drops the connection with DVD playback (happened twice) for a second or so...
I do not use the internet features too much... I tried Crackle (free movies with commercials) and had no problems, but the quality is average (looks like a bit below DVD quality with higher compression). With the poor wireless capability, i was not able to stream any HD sources without pauses. I now have the unit in another room. The signal strength there is only 5%... it is next to a PS3 and it's signal strength is 50-60%. A laptop in the same room has a strength of 4-5 bars out of 5 bars so you can see the wireless in the 580 is really bad.
Updated on May 28, 2011