PROS / This player has more downloadable apps than others.
CONS / It doesn’t support Ultra-HD discs.
VERDICT / Sony’s BDP-S6700 is the best Blu-ray player for its image quality, expansive app catalog and ease of us.
The BDP-S6700 by Sony has an impressive set of features, a slick design and a fair price. Most importantly, it has strong picture quality and lets you watch 3D discs or stream video from hundreds of services. The player upscales DVD and Blu-ray discs and plays them in a higher-resolution format. It is the best Blu-ray player and earns the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its versatility.
Performance & Video
During our hands-on testing with the BDP-S6700, we watched the film “Gravity.” Our disk was a multi-format copy, so we watched and compared both the 4K and 3D versions of the film using a 4K and 3D-compatible Sony HDTV. The BDP-S6700 effectively converted the 2D 4K version to 3D. This feature may not be necessary for everyone, but it is a nice extra touch.
Its upscaling boosts the quality of your Blu-ray and DVD discs to near-4K quality. Still, we are surprised Sony hasn’t released a player that supports Ultra-HD. Our number two pick plays UHD discs, but it’s twice the price. However, we thought the Sony did a fine job producing a sharp image – blacks were deep and colors vibrant, especially on a 4K television. It also has HDMI Deep Color.
We also tested each player’s boot time, and this unit took 14.8 seconds to turn on. This is a few seconds behind the other Blu-ray players we tested, which generally took around 12 seconds to boot up.
This newer Sony runs apps a lot smoother than other players. Others we tested suffered from frequent hiccups and had long load times.
Connectivity & Design
Measuring in at 10 x 7.6 x 1.5 inches and weighing just 2 pounds, Sony’s BDP-S6700 is lightweight and small enough to fit in your entertainment center. It does feel a little cheap since it’s mostly made of plastic, but it doesn’t look ugly. Despite being black, the case doesn’t pick up a lot of fingerprints. There are just two buttons on the front – one for power and the other to engage the disk tray. This machine would be better if it had a display on its front, but unfortunately, this is becoming an uncommon feature on Blu-ray players. During playback, there is some noise but not enough to hinder your viewing experience.
This player is an updated version of the BDP-S6500, our number three pick for best Blu-ray player. The newer model supports wireless Bluetooth connectivity with LDAC. This means you can watch movies with wireless headphones. Like most other players, it can connect to the internet over Wi-Fi or by Ethernet. The Wi-Fi is dual band, so you get twice the bandwidth.
It has just one HDMI input and a coaxial audio output. Underneath the power button on the front, there is a single USB port you can plug an external hard drive into to play your stored video and photo files.
If you have a smartphone, you can download a mobile app that lets you use your phone as a remote control. The included remote is a little too small, which makes it uncomfortable to hold. Fortunately, the buttons are reasonably positioned, and it’s operable in the dark. It also has nice small touches like a Bluetooth pairing button and a button to fire up Netflix.
The BDP-S6700 supports 24p on VUDU, Amazon and Netflix. Several Netflix shows are available in 4K as well. Besides these apps, there are more than 300 others you can choose from. Sony’s App Store for this player is extensive and includes audio apps like Pandora and Spotify. Just remember that most streaming services require a monthly subscription. Selecting apps and navigating the homescreen was painless. Other players seemed convoluted and were confusing, but not this one.
As previously mentioned, this unit has just one coaxial audio output. Audiophiles would benefit from a second HDMI port for outputting audio. The BDP-S6700 supports Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, and you can hook it up to a soundbar or an AV receiver for impressive surround sound. It works with newer Dolby Atmos upward-firing speakers.
Since it’s DLNA compatible, you can upload your music, photos and video to the cloud and access them wirelessly. Sony has a SongPal Link smartphone app that lets you play your music from the Blu-ray player to multiple rooms throughout your home with compatible speakers, though we didn’t test this functionality.
Formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD are compatible and can be played via the USB port. You can play standard CDs with the player as well.
Help & Support
Sony offers support for the BDP-S6700 through several channels. Along with the device's one-year base warranty, you can get troubleshooting advice from Sony’s phone, email and live chat agents, along with information on the company’s website.
The Sony BDP-S6700 is the best Blu-ray player on the market today, and it is deserving of our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its impressive picture quality, expansive app catalog and ability to upscale video to near-4K resolution. It’s easy to use and set up and can even convert 2D videos to 3D.