Sony releases the BDP-S6500 4K upscaling Blu-ray player to the U.K market

by on June 25, 2015

Stephan Jukic – June 25, 2015

The Sony BDP-S6500, soon to retail for a price just over 150 GBP, has been added to the 2015 line of Blu-ray players being released to the U.K market.

These other devices also include the BDP-S4500 and the BDP-S5500, both of which have been positively received by reviewers. Now, the Sony BDP-S6500, is going to soon hit the British shelves and it will offer a nice alternative to what’s available on the existing market.

Some of the other Sony Blu-ray players that are hitting the U.K market, including the BDP-S4500 & BDP-S5500

Some of the other Sony Blu-ray players that are hitting the U.K market, including the BDP-S4500 & BDP-S5500

Now, to be clear the Sony BDP-S6500 is not a true ultra HD 4K Blue-ray player that’s ready for the next generation of Blu-ray discs which are set to arrive later in the year. Instead, this particular Blu-ray device takes your existing HD Blu-ray content from its discs and upscales it to a lovely looking approximation of 4K resolution. While this might sound like a bit of a dodge around real 4K, two factors weigh in favor of the BDP-S6500 being an excellent method of getting your hands on content that’s just about as good as the real UHD deal.

For one thing, the Blu-ray 4K format is extremely friendly to being upscaled to UHD resolutions. In fact, as many reviewers have previously noted, Blu-ray HD content looks BETTER than streamed native 4K content when it gets upscaled on a 4K TV. This being because native 4K streaming content, despite being the real thing, goes through compression which spoils its ultimate appearance somewhat.

Secondly, Sony’s 4K TV models are known for having an excellent internal upscaling engine for making HD TV content look like it’s supposed to fit the TVs native 4K resolution. Thus, if some of this technological prowess in upscaling is imported to the new BDP-S6500 Blu-ray players, it will lead to some excellent HD upscaling.

Of course, users who buy the new Blu-ray players will also have to have a 4K TV with which they can enjoy their upscaling capabilities.

The BDP-S6500 can also handle 3D Blu-ray discs and produce 3D images from 2D discs.

Furthermore, smart functionality is built into the BDP-S6500 and allows streaming from the BBC iPlayer, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Instant Video. There is also web connectivity via a wired Ethernet connection and the player’s own built in “Super WiFi” technology, which Sony claims offers a more stable “interference-free signal path for glitch-free streaming” thanks to its multiple antennas.

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