Entry-level Blu-ray Disc Players like the BDP-S380 do not have all the bells and whistles of their higher-end counterparts. Their charm lies in their budget price while still giving you excellent playback on Blu-rays and DVDs. The BDP-S380 is no exception. Ranging in price from $150.00 to $110.00, this new player from Sony has stunning Full HD 1080p images and support for high-resolution audio formats. Sony has also, equipped the BDP-S380 with a number of nice extra features that will surely make this player one of the better budgeted players available in 2011.The slim, black glossy look of the BDP-S380 is a very simple and traditional design. While the design may not win any awards for innovation or style, the look is clean and modern and should fit nicely into anyone's Home Theatre.
Basic control buttons can be located on the front, along with a USB Port, the display screen and disc loading tray. All other controls and connections are located at the rear of the BDP-S380.VIDEO QUALITY: As stated before, the BDP-S380 is capable of Full 1080p Video output on Blue-ray discs. It can up-convert your old standard DVDs to near HD levels. So there is no need to replace your old movie collection. Video can be connected via the HDMI Output, Component Video Output and Composite Video Outputs. Video output for the Component connection is only SD. All manufactures are required to exclude any HD capable component video outputs. This should not cause any problems, given that most of us will be using HDMI connections anyway. HDMI connections support both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions.
Preset picture modes and engage noise reductions are included, as well as IP Noise reduction to help with improving the quality on online streaming video. AUDIO QUALITY: The BDP-S380 has support for on-board Dolby Trued and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and can send these audio formats to any audio/video receiver with a HDMI input to decode. There are no multi-channel analogy outputs on the BDP-S380 player. Only 2.0 stereo analogy outputs. The other audio connection is a coaxial digital audio output. The BDP-S380 should give you with great 7.1-channel surround sound.
The playback of many media types and media files are available, including BD, DVD-Video, CD audio, SACD, AVCHD, WMV, MP3, WMA, AAC, GIF, PNG, MKV and JPEG. There is an Ethernet Port located on the back of the player for connecting to the internet. It is WI-Fi 'Ready', meaning a Wireless LAN Adapter can be bought if you want a wireless connection. However, if you want a wireless internet connection, your best option is to buy a higher-end player like the BDP-S580. It has a built-in Wi-Fi connection.