Sony BDP-BX58 Blu-Ray Player Review

Sony BDP-BX58 Blu-Ray Player

I recently purchased the Sony BDP-BX58 Blu-Ray player from Costco and thought I’d write my review of it. It is $99 through Sunday, when the coupons expire for the January Coupon Book. If you are on the fence about it, I’d say get it. You have 90 days to return it if you don’t like it. When researching Blu-Ray players I learned that many take a long time to load the disc initially. That is not the case at all with this player. It has many advanced features when compared to other Blu-Ray players as well, supporting Netflix, DLNA, Pandora, YouTube, and HuluPlus just to name a few. The specs also include built-in Wifi (so you can connect it to the internet) and 3D, if you have a 3D TV.

I tested the Netflix interface and in my opinion, it’s not as good as the interface on the Xbox. It was also a little laggy, and if you lose your connection and go back to the movie it will start from the beginning and not go back to where you left off, which is very frustrating. Hopefully that will be fixed in a future firmware upgrade. On the other hand, having DLNA is great. It easily saw my home desktop and presented all my movies for me to watch. Basically, DLNA allows you to stream movies, pictures, and photos from your home computers to the TV through the Blu-Ray player. The wireless signal seemed a little weak, so I would hardwire to the ethernet port if possible. If you have an external USB hard drive with a ton of movies on it you can also plug that into the unit and watch them on your TV that way. The BDP-BX58 model number is special to Costco, which is why you won’t find a lot of information on it. It is basically the BDP-S580, but comes with an HDMI cable. Overall, it’s a good unit at a great price, and with Sony continuing to put out new downloadable firmware updates for it, I think it will continue to be on the cutting edge. Do you have one? What do you think?

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