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Sony Announces New ES Blu-ray Player

Posted August 28, 2008 08:17 AM by Josh Dreuth

SonySony has announced that they will release a new ES-line Blu-ray Disc player promising the ultimate high definition experience to consumers. The Sony BDP-S5000ES will be BD-Live enabled and feature numerous Sony technologies in order to ensure it provides the best audio and video processing of Blu-ray discs.

On the video side, it will feature an HD Reality Enhancer which continually analyzes the video stream to sharpen edges and reduce film grain. It also increases the 8-bit video depth to 14-bit for better color representation. Additional, the player will feature Sony's Super Bit Mapping which smooths color tones to provide the best video possible over an HDMI connection.

For audio, it will feature decoding and bit streaming of all audio formats. The player will have a high-stability Precision Drive HD transport mechanism in the center position, an ultra-rigid frame and beam chassis to reduce vibration and a low-leakage R-Core transformer - all ensuring the best audio performance. To further increase performance, the audio board has been separated from the video board to remove any electronic noise from transferring to the 7.1 analog outs.

As a BD-Live player, it will come with a Ethernet connection and 1GB flash drive. And like the Sony BDP-S350 and upcoming BDP-S550, it will feature the PlayStation 3's XMB menu system.

No pricing or release date has been announced at this time.


Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (32 comments)


Nooff
  Aug 28, 2008
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Wow, this could be interesting!

kuliddar
  Aug 28, 2008
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Cool but we'll see with price. In the world of bringing Blu-ray to every home, manufacturers release only these "elite" brands that usually cost 3x the cost of a PS3.

ZMan
  Aug 28, 2008
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With the S550 soon to be released with a MSRP of $499 this will be listed at around $1000 EASILY!!

mx2004
  Aug 28, 2008
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Ladies and gentlemen: we have a winner! This looks exciting & for those of us (a) who have no interest in gaming (b) have no interest in buying an HDMI-equipped receiver and need the best SQ from the analogue outs for all audio formats and (c) simply want to get the best player possible preferably with battleship build something like this or the big Pioneer also recently announced look ideal.

mx2004
  Aug 28, 2008
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There's a picture available at http://media.marketwire.com/attachments/200808/461490_BDP-S5000ES_.JPG

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Lucy Diamond
  Aug 28, 2008
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Dude, the end is almost here. I'm thinking THIS is the one to own (this week 8p )

groovyone
  Aug 28, 2008
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Very cool. Sounds like a good match for the ES receivers.

billypoe
  Aug 28, 2008
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I think I just wet myself.

oetty
  Aug 28, 2008
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Any words about SACD support? I'm dying to get a decent player that enables me to play my SACDs - I don't want the PS3...

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dobyblue
  Aug 28, 2008
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They just announced a new ES SACD player too:
http://www.sonyinsider.com/2008/08/27/sony-unexpectedly-releases-super-audio-cd-reciever-scd-xa5400es/
SCD-XA5400ES
According to Sony Japanís press release, the DSD multi-level filter, D/A converter system, and Super Audio D/A converter technology are the best Sony has produced to date. A twin R-core transformer and D/A system that is independent of the general processing chipset allow a truly clean signal output that should offer nearly zero distortion.

ECWaenigma
  Aug 28, 2008
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Got $1000 written all over it. I'll take my PS3 with a firmware upgrade.

bhampton
  Aug 28, 2008
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May be interesting with SACD abilities,... Otherwise, I'll also keep my PS3.

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Blu Titan
  Aug 28, 2008
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This player will be the one to beat. Awesome.

Themoth
  Aug 28, 2008
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I think this will raise the standards for blu ray playback. Should be around 1200k

Branden
  Aug 28, 2008
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sounds like my dream player, but i just can't justify spending X amount of dollars if i've already got a PS3.

TenEightyP
  Aug 28, 2008
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I kind of have to question how much better the picture quality is going to be over say the S550. If it
were say 10% better (yes, I know that could be hard to quantify), then would everyone shed their
current players and upgrade?

So on the other hand are we saying that currently blu-rayPQ is good, but could be so much better? A
bit like the new improved washing powder etc etc..

EvolutionCherry
  Aug 28, 2008
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I'm kinda shocked that sony BD players did not have XMB menus to begin with.
Nooff
  Aug 28, 2008
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The new ES is gonna cost around $1499.

Expensive, but it makes the Pioneer and Denon players seem way overpriced!

monkyman
  Aug 28, 2008
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Sounds Interesting, worth giving a look at, but i'm still waiting for a wireless stand alone, i'm not about to run 100 feet of ethernet cable through my house.
gekke henkie
  Aug 28, 2008
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@oetty & @bhampton:
I think dobyblue just answered your question: Because Sony releases a seperate SACD player, this BD-one will most probably not include it.

Unfortunately it sports only 1 HDMI-out, so if you want to hook up your AVR and display/projector directly to your BD-player using HDMI, without splitters/switchers or having to link your display through an other component (AVR), your best option is going to be the Pioneer with 2 HDMI outputs: one for Audio-out and one for Video-out.

Russell_L
  Aug 28, 2008
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"...it will feature an HD Reality Enhancer which continually analyzes the video stream to sharpen
edges and reduce film grain..."

I'm surprised I haven't heard any alarm bells going off. If this "feature" is defeatable, this player
might be the one to beat (with the possible exception of the new Pioneer).

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prerich
  Aug 28, 2008
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7.1 analog out?!!! This is a possible buy (for me) - even if I have to save to get it or build a few machines. I love my HTPC but I've always wanted a good standalone too. This will more than likely replace my Sony ES CD player - just wish it had 2 HDMI outputs and wood grain panels like the old school ES gear!!! Good job Sony...ES!

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LOTR07
  Aug 28, 2008
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This is th one that i've been waiting for....it should be in-line with the other ES player at 1300 so break the piggy bank and cash in the spare change.......ES here i come
MieDan4ever
  Aug 28, 2008
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Anyone got any toilet paper!? Just the perfect SONY BD ES line Ive been looking for to match my SONY ES home theater system!

GGX
  Aug 28, 2008
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"it will feature an HD Reality Enhancer which continually analyzes the video stream to sharpen edges and reduce film grain."

Sharpen edges and reduce film grain? Sounds like it adds EE and DNR. Why would I want that?

Harvester
  Aug 28, 2008
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"Sharpen edges and reduce film grain? Sounds like it adds EE and DNR. Why would I want that?"

Exactly, the Pioneer claims it can take the source disk and display it as it exists on the disk (when sent to the right TV). I would perfer that, don't touch my HD image please. Upscale my SD-DVD, fine.

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Josh
  Aug 28, 2008
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Yeah, that's basically DNR and EE. I'm going to see if its defeatable, but it might be hard with all the tech shows this month.

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Intamin
  Aug 28, 2008
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This could very well be my next player. I like I like!
Chuey
  Aug 28, 2008
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This news got me excited, now I have more choices in the high end player arena. I will be ready for the upgrade.

X400
  Aug 28, 2008
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Sounds expensive, i guess they're going to leave the cheap players for Sylvania and the like for now (theshoppingchannel in canada recently aired the sylvania player for $299)

CAB
  Aug 28, 2008
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Thanks dobie. I'm lookin for a good xlr option for SACD.

Blu-ant
  Sep 08, 2008
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Can't say I'm convinced removal of film grain or any of the other video technologies won't lose
information in the recording, but I'm pleased to see analogue decoding of all audio formats -
democracy in audio, thanks Sony.


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