Sony BDP-S790 Product Features
6. Two USB 2.0 ports for access to additional memory storage and/or digital photo, video, music content via flash drive or iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
8. Incorporation of Web Browser function.
10. Skype audio and video phone calling (video calls require additional compatible webcam).
11. Gracenote metadata function for access to supplementary information associated with TV, music, and movie content.
12. DLNA Certified for access to digital media files stored on PCs, Media Servers, and other compatible network-connected devices.
14. One Gigabyte of built-in memory for BD-Live functionality and internet App storage.
15. A Wireless Infrared Remote Control and full color high definition onscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) is provided for setup and function access.
For an additional look at the features, connections, and menu functions of the BDP-S790, check out my supplementary Photo Profile.
Additional Components Used In This Review
DVD Player (for comparison): OPPO DV-980H.
Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 2 (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.
Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 3 (5.1 channels): Cerwin Vega CMX 5.1 System (on review loan)
Video Projector: BenQ W710ST (on review loan).
Projection Screens: SMX Cine-Weave 100² screen and Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 Portable Screen.
DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.
Standard DVDs: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.
CDs: Al Stewart - A Beach Full of Shells, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Sade - Soldier of Love.
SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.
The BDP-S790 also passed almost all of the processing and upscaling tests on the Silicon Optix HQV Benchmark DVD.
The upscaling test results revealed that the BDP-S790 does very well suppressing or eliminating a variety of artifacts including jagged edges, moire patterns, as well as trailing artifacts on fast moving objects. The BDP-S790 also did well reconciling different frame cadences, enhancing detail, and suppressing video noise. The only noticeable issue I saw when running the tests, is that mosquito noise, although suppressed, was still visible. For a more comprehensive look at the video performance of BDP-S790, check out my supplementary photo-illustrated Test Results Report.
To evaluate the 3D performance of the BDP-S790, I used the Panasonic TCL-42ET5 3D LED/LCD TV featuring the passive glasses viewing system as my display device. Also, 10.2Gbps High-Speed HDMI cables were used for the connection setup.
On the Blu-ray player end of the 3D equation, I found that BDP-S790 loaded up fairly quickly, although it took a little longer than for a typical 2D Blu-ray disc. On the other hand, I found that the BDP-S790 provided trouble free playback with 3D Blu-ray discs, with no hesitation, frame skipping, or other issues that could be attributed to the player.
Using the 3D Blu-ray discs I listed on page one of this review, the results were fine on the player end of the equation. There was very minimal crosstalk (ghosting) or motion blurring using the BDP-S790 with the TCL-42ET5 and Panasonic provided passive 3D viewing glasses.
Another note I wanted to make is that I got the same 3D performance results whether going directly from the player to the TV, or routing the high-speed HDMI cables from the BDP-S790, through the Sony STR-HD830 3D-enabled home theater receiver, to the TV.