Blu-ray Players

Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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On the Bench

Video Performance (Benchmark)

Overall, Sony's S5000ES had only average performance in Secrets suite of DVD and Blu-ray benchmarking tests.

Measurements with the Tektronix Oscilloscope were taken from the component analog video outputs measured at 1080i resolution.  Under our core performance tests the S5000ES passed all of our chroma upsampling error tests with flying colors and showed that it can deliver the image without cropping any pixels.  The player also showed no problems with Y/C delay tested from both the HDMI and analog outputs.  The S5000ES has a white level that was measured at a hot 105IRE which gives it a failing score on the white level test.   Some manipulation of the brightness setting in the menu may provide better results with this player.  The frequency response measured from the analog outputs , as shown in the graph, is relatively flat which translates to an excellent picture quality.

In our HD section of the Blu-ray benchmark the Sony S5000ES also had only average results.  On the positive side, the S5000ES didn't show any issues with pixel cropping and displayed a colorfully accurate image with no apparent signs of banding.  The S5000ES also showed itself to be motion adaptive, employing good diagonal filtering which enhances the quality of moving images that contains diagonal lines.  On the negative side the S5000ES only got a borderline score on our noise reduction tests for not having advanced noise reduction technologies and more importantly the S5000ES is incapable of properly handling any 1080i/p conversion as it failed both of our 2:2 and 3:2 cadence tests.  These kinds of results are not to be expected at this price point as some of the other manufactures such as Pioneer and OPPO have already raised the bar in terms of quality expectations and in some cases at much lower price points.

Standard DVD Performance

The S5000ES performed fairly well in our standard DVD tests and passed most of the tests with flying colors.  The player did fail our 3-2 Cadence mixed flags test which shows that the player is going to have difficulty staying in film mode with material that is alternating between film and video style flags.  It might be likely that the analog video section of this player also has a separate signal path from the digital side as the player was also observed to fail a basic 3-2 cadence alt flags test while outputting from the component analog video connections.

On video based material the S5000ES performed well.  The player passed our motion adaptive tests and also showed good resolution in our high detail Super Speedway and Gladiator scene tests.   The S5000ES can switch between film and video modes fairly well and also has a decent recovery time when switching between the modes.

Sony's S5000ES was a shining star in the usability section of our tests.   The menu system which uses the familiar layout seen on the PS3 is intuitive and the player responds fairly well to its commands.  Layer changes were measured at just over a half a second which is an excellent result and gives the player a passing score for the test.