With no analogue audio outputs and fairly high power use, this games console doesn't really stand up to comparison with a traditional Blu-ray player on paper. However, it delivers an impeccable picture, supports 3D and has an unrivalled range support for multimedia content. That's something that other Blu-ray players won't beat for a long time.
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The Sony BDP-S790 picks up where the BDP-S780 left off. With a sleek design, an impeccable finish, plenty of functions and great picture quality, nothing is left to chance. All in all, this is an excellent Blu-ray player. The only minor setback for some users will be the fact that there's no 7.1 analogue connection.
The Samsung ES6000 is a Blu-ray player that stands out from the crowd with its ultra-compact design. The connected functions are so slow that you might as well forget about them, but otherwise the ES6000 does a very good job of 2D and 3D Blu-ray playback.
Barely as big as a sheet of A4 paper, this Blu-ray player looks really quite similar to Sony's PS3. Plus, the BDP-S185 uses the same Crossbar interface as the console for an easy way to access content stored on peripherals or online (music, VOD, network streaming etc.) It's a user-friendly device that delivers accurate picture quality.