5 Stars By E. Larsen on 2016-12-19
Great Unit for the Money
Short Version: I use this unit primarily for streaming but I also wanted blu-ray/dvd/cd capability in a single unit. It excels at all functions. While my wireless signal is strong, I prefer wired connections for added stability - another feature of this player. Performance is very good all around and I recommend the unit as a great value for the money. Details and minor flaws noted below:
Compatibility: First and foremost understand THIS IS NOT A 4K PLAYER. It uses "4K upscaling" which is of limited value unless you have a 4K (UHD) display, and even then you'll be disappointed. Here's why: The BDP-S6700 HDMI output is version 1.4a which meets some, but not all, of the minimum requirements for 4K video. Of particular note is color depth. HDMI 1.4a displays a maximum 8-bit color depth (256 colors) which is VGA quality. For full 4K color resolution you need a player with HDMI ver 2.0 or better to get the 10-, 12- or 16-bit colors that really make the new 4K displays shine. I knew this going in so the BDP-S6700 was a perfect match for my "older" (2012) Samsung HD plasma display and Denon AVR-591 receiver.
CAUTION: If you set your BDP-S6700 to a color depth greater than your display can process, you will get screen flickers, interference bands and blank screens. The BDP-S6700 will auto-detect your display and adjust color depth appropriately most of the time. However, if your A/V receiver is rated for 4K - but your display is not - then the BDP-S6700 will pass the high-bit color on to the receiver. Your receiver may or may not scale this back when sending it to your display. This was my experience and it took some hours (and copious cursing) to figure it all out. I offer that experience here to save some of you some frustration. In the settings look for HDMI Deep Color. It defaults to "Auto". Set this to "Off" if you have anything less than a 4K display. Trust me and just do it. You won't see any difference (your display can't resolve it, remember?) and you will save yourself headaches when random artifacts and flickers occur.
Performance: The interface is quick and intuitive. Discs load reasonably fast. Network connection was flawless - the BDP-S6700 detected the network, obtained an IP address and accessed the internet within seconds. Network connections have been rock solid since I connected it. Screen mirroring with my Android phone works very well (IOS users are SOL - I tried 14 different apps with no joy). I don't use Bluetooth devices with it but they are detected without issue. Supposedly upscales 2D-3D (yawn).
Streaming: BDP-S6700 offers 75 streaming apps, most of which are of no interest to me. They've got cooking channels, shopping channels, sports, movies, TV, news. There's even an app in Russian. The most useful IMHO are: BTA-MALL Prime Video, Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and Spotify. All of these work flawlessly with one caveat - the search functions using the remote are tedious in every case. Otherwise, they are great. The Home Screen lets you customize 10 - and only 10 - of your favorites. You can't change the "Featured Apps" so half the Home Screen is useless.
Screen Mirror: The BDP-S6700 uses Miracast so if you want to display your Android content you are in luck. It utilizes the Wi-Fi function of your phone to stream directly to the player. No lag. Sound is perfect. One flaw I noticed is that the wired connection to the BDP-S6700 is disabled while mirroring and doesn't automatically switch back when I'm done. Have to power cycle the unit every time. Only mildly annoying. As mention above, IOS AirPlay doesn't play. You can set up your IOS device as a DNLA server and play media that is physically on the device but you can't stream from the internet nor can you see the IOS device screen (think Facebook, emails, etc). Ironic, since Apple pioneered the technology but then they locked it all up with their proprietary Apple TV system. Oh well...
Remote: Small enough to easily fit into the cracks of your couch or recliner and lodge deep in any moving mechanisms. Just sayin'... I actually like the remote for it's simplicity. One of the better device remotes I've used. It is IR directional, so you have to point it at the player with a clear line of sight. You can also download an Android app and control the unit with your phone which is great for entering data in app search boxes.
Conclusion: If you just bought a shiny new 4K (UHD) display you are NOT going to like this unit so start shopping for a $500 UHD player. If you just want to stream internet then get a Roku, it's faster with more customization and 2000+ apps. If you still have HD equipment and want to play all those Blu-Ray/DVD/CD discs you've accumulated for the past 20 years, as well as stream the major providers (Netflix, BTA-MALL, Vudu, Pandora, Hulu), then this unit is for you and it's a terrific value for the money.
4 Stars By Jason L. on 2016-05-19
A few bugs. Better than last years models.
A nice streaming player. Colors are vibrant, Wi-Fi connection works well. Mostly, not too much lag time when pressing buttons. The Blu-ray/DVD player work as they should. I am really reviewing the streaming. I have YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, and BTA-MALL Prime. I have a Roku 3, and this BDP-S6700 video blows that away. The BDP-S6700 also supports 24p on Vudu, BTA-MALL, and Netflix.
1. Pandora forgets the user name/password after shut down of the unit.
2. YouTube search and settings get cleared after a few shutdowns. I don't like the audio "bloop" noise on YouTube when navigating, and out of the blue, it will start up again where I have to go back to the settings inside YouTube and shut off the noise. It also clears my search history on YouTube after a few uses. There is no apparent pattern on when it will do this.
3. (biggie) After playing Vudu or BTA-MALL Prime at 24p, and exiting to the home screen, the 24p does not reset to 60p. This causes issues with playing YouTube after using Vudu or BTA-MALL, because it will keep YouTube at 24p. Sounds good perhaps, but YouTube at 24p is choppy ( produces judder). The fix for that is to play Netflix at 24p, and then go to the BDP-S6700's homepage. For some reason exiting the Netflix app, resets to the default 60p, if you play a few seconds of video on Netflix first. You can also shut down the unit, and it seems that after a while of it being shut down, will reset to 60p when restarted. Not a quick shutdown and restart for some reason.
All in all, this is a better streaming player than the Roku 3 because of the better video, audio, and 24p support on Vudu, BTA-MALL, and Netflix. Just wish they would fix the bugs.
Just FYI, I also have a BDP-S3700 and the 24p does reset properly on that unit. However, the BDP-S6700 has slightly better video and audio. And I had a BDP-S3500 and BDP-S6500 from last year, and those did not support 24p on Netflix, and had lock up problems, where I had to pull the cord to reset. This years models 3700/6700 are better in that respect, so far.
1 Stars By Vicky Aguero on 2017-04-29
Such a waste of money.
I have had this since the end of February 2017 and it constantly freezes, the tray won't open or close, the device doesn't shut off and the apps will play one day but not the next. This was a waste of my money and I won't be buying another Sony player. My friend bought the same model a few months before me and his did the same thing mine just started doing.What a waste. I have been a loyal Sony fan, but not anymore. Thanks for nothing, Sony.
1 Stars By Hinckley, C. on 2016-12-21
I am having the same problem others have reported. ...
I am having the same problem others have reported. The player will not turn on using the remote or pushing the button on the unit. I have to unplug it from the wall and plug it back in to get it to turn on.
5 Stars By CS.Archer on 2016-05-01
Finally, the right all in one player for me.
Given that this is a Sony, it's fast with great video and audio quality for BluRays and DVDs, so I'll leave that to other reviews. Here I'll cover the extra features important in my house. One simple device for everyone in the house to learn and not have to flip between devices and learn different controls is a helpful beginning. The interface is simple and easily customized with the streaming services and NAS connection I want to see. It's a little annoying that the left hand 1/3 of the screen has Sony's "Featured Apps" and they can't be removed, but I'll live with that.
Playing a variety of file types from my NAS (or PC at your house) is important to me. My SiliconDust HDHomeRun DVR is recording over the air TV shows (original format MPEG-TS to .mpg for full original quality), the kids videos are pass through of a variety of original formats to .mkv, and the music is FLAC. All these formats are common, but rarely all supported on the same device. Success on all counts for this player!
As a frustrated former BDPS6200 owner, the next thing I tested was a 2 hour long BTA-MALL Instant Video to make sure this unit didn't go haywire, lock up and start flooding my home network with traffic. Success! No freezing up on the video services.
I am very happy with this new player.
1 Stars By Jessica Schlenker on 2017-06-26
Frequent Lock Ups
We've had this unit for about 6, almost 7 months. It was purchased to replace a damaged unit, also Sony. That unit went through a lot, but kept right on chugging. This one, however, has been problematic from the get-go. It really got bad after about 2 months, locking up and freezing completely, and the latest firmware update appears to have made it worse.
It's not that it has problems with streaming (which it does) ... it's that it frequently locks up on DVDs and Blu-ray disks, or even just its home screen. We often have to unplug it to get it to respond, and it may still take 2-3 tries before it responds to the remote. (And you can't even press "play" without the remote.)
It's nice when it works, but it doesn't work nearly often enough.
5 Stars By Bob A. Gabbert on 2016-05-17
Capable of Becoming Streaming Headquarters
I have 1100 DVDs and HD-DVDs and no Blu Ray discs, so needless to say, I was very interested in the Sony machine, because it could not only play, but upgrade DVDs to HD and even beyond if the TV was capable of showing it. Upon receipt, it took perhaps 20 minutes to get it on line with my wireless network, and another 5 minutes to download the latest software. I immediately tested the claim to upgrade DVDs by playing one that had turned green on my old player. Not on was the color restored, but the picture was far superior to what it had been before. I still do not own any Blu Ray discs, so I can't speak to that capability, and I also do not have a 4K or 3D TV, so I can address those features. I do, however, have an excellent Samsung 1920 x 1080 LED, 55-inch TV and the picture of the regular DVDs was excellent. I've saved the best features to the end. I currently use--used--an Apple TV system to stream Netflix and other systems. As one might know, Apple makes it difficult for BTA-MALL Prime Video to stream over their system. Well, this player has the APP for Netflix, BTA-MALL Video, and several others built in. I have not used my Apple TV since I bought this player, because not only does it play what I'm interested in--Netflix, BTA-MALL Video, YouTube, etc. but the picture displayed is far superior to that streamed by Apple TV without the fuss that Apple TV requires. Bottom line--this is an excellent machine that does everything it says it will, and in a very small package (about the size of a lined notepad and about 2 inches high. It weighs less than 3 pounds.
1 Stars By FABS on 2017-01-29
Played Only ONE Time
This player played one time for us. The next time we tried to play it the player would not even eject to put the movie in. After we finally got it to eject. It would not play any type of movie. We just kept getting the error "Unable to play disc." Even when there wasn't a disc inserted the player thought one was in there. Really bummed because this appeared to be such a nice player the initial time we used it. Sending it back for a refund.
1 Stars By Neici Lester on 2017-05-05
Quit working after a month
I've had this just over one month (return window was 5/1 and today is the 5th). We haven't used it much and tonight it wouldn't work. I heard it randomly turning on. I thought maybe a disc was inside so I thought to eject it. I tried pressing the eject on the device to no avail. I tried with the remote and still nothing. I checked for updates and the device just randomly shut off. Then turned on again and was frozen. A few minutes later an error code popped up. This device should not be having issues like this after a month. Emailed customer support and waiting for a reply.
3 Stars By Keith Carter on 2017-07-29
Plays well, but PAUSE
I have no complaints about the player itself in regards to picture quality and features except for one complaint. PAUSE - Often when watching a movie I will pause the player and make popcorn or use the bathroom. This particular model will only pause for a limited amount of time then it basically shuts off. This would be OK if it remembered where it left off on the disc, but it doesn't. I am forced to reload the disc, go through the previews (when they can't be skipped), get to the menu and pull up the scene selection and attempt to find my place again. Sometimes which scene that is isn't obvious and if I am watching a movie for the first time the scene selection often results in spoilers. I bought this because my old player was giving me problems and it was affordable at a time when money was, not tight exactly but not as flexible as I desired it to be. I will most likely replace with player with a better one soon.