Despite of the fact that Blu-ray's rate of adoption still lags behind Sony's expectations, the company keeps rolling out advanced Blu-ray players, targeting pretty much every particular segment of the consumer electronics' market, whether we're talking about entry-level of high-end products. And that's also the case with the BDP-S5000ES model, released by the Japanese company back in September 2008, a player that's both compatible with the latest Blu-ray specifications and provides advanced image processing features on the side.
The BDP-S5000ES supports two of the latest Blu-ray specifications, namely BD-Live (profile 2.0) and Bonus View (Profile1.1), which allow users to enjoy additional content, found either on the disc itself or online (1GB Flash Memory Included). Plus, in order to make this thing even more user-friendly, the GUI is none other than Sony's famous XMB (Xross Media Bar).
Moreover, the player features a 14-bit HD video processor that improves standard definition and high-definition picture quality with the help of HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping technologies. In this way, standard DVDs can also be pushed upwards, reaching a level of video quality close to that of Blu-ray discs.
Also on the subject of video, it's important to note that the BDP-S5000ES features a built-in video Digital-to-Analog Converter, supporting 1080i, 720p: 14 bit/296 MHz (HD); 480i, 480p; 14 bit/216 MHz (SD) resolutions. However, the device's audio-related features are also quite impressive, since the BDP-S5000ES provides Dolby TrueHD Decoding, as well as dts Decoding.
As far as the connectivity options are concerned, the BDP-S5000ES is quite well-endowed, since it comes packed with HDMI, S-Video, Component and Composite interfaces, analog and coaxial audio outputs, plus an Ethernet connection, IR input and RS232 Control port.
As mentioned right from the start, Sony's BDP-S5000ES is one of the most expensive Blu-ray players currently available in the company's line-up, retailing for an estimate 2,000 US dollars.