- Written by Kieran Coghlan and Adrian Wittenberg
- Published on 22 April 2010
- Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player
- Page 2: Design of the Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player
- Page 3: Setup of the Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player
- Page 4: The Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player In Use
- Page 5: The Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player On the Bench
- Page 6: Conclusions About the Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player
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â€œConvergenceâ€ is a buzz-word in the consumer electronics industry that we have heard a lot about over the last two years. The idea is that eventually, all our media and information needs will be handled by just one super-appliance in the home. Sony's PS3 was possibly the first significant step toward an off-the-shelf convergence device. Home Theater Personal Computers (HTPCs) are custom built boxes that also approach the convergence ideal.
Sony's most recent addition to their Blu-ray player lineup, the BDP-N460 is labeled by Sony as a â€œNetworkedâ€ Blu-ray player. Well, most Blu-ray players are networked, to take advantage of the medium's â€œBD-Liveâ€ on-line content feature, so how is the N460 any different? Is it another stab at a convergence device by Sony? Or is the moniker just a marketing gimmick? In addition, how does it stack up as a regular Blu-ray movie player? Read on!
The N460 is the middle of Sony's three current mass-market single disc players (i.e. not including their ES products) and as such, it is priced in the middle range of most players you'll find in a big-box store at $199.95 SRP. For this you get Blu-ray and DVD (up-converted) play back, AVCHD, CD-Audio, MP3, JPEG, as well as Netflix, Slacker Internet Radio, YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, and a slew of other Internet-based video channels.
- Design: Blu-ray Player
- Supported Disc Formats: BD-R/RE, BD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-/+R/W, CD, CD-R/RW.
- Codecs: Dolby TrueHD Bitstream (via HDMI) and Internal, DTS-HD Bitstream (via HDMI) and Internal, Dolby Digital Plus, MP3 Playback (via burned disc only), LPCM Internal and Bitsream (HDMI)
- Supported Video Resolutions from HDMI: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p60, 1080p24
- Dimensions: 2.2" H x 17â€ W x 8.1â€ D
- Weight: 4.6 Pounds
- MSRP: $199.95Â USA (reduced from $249.95)