IFA 2008: Sony BDP-S5000ES Player

IFA Consumer Electronics Show

At IFA 2008, Sony Europe announced the BDP-S5000ES, positioned at the high end of the company's lineup of players. The player features premium build quality and components as well as several unique Sony technologies, which together are "designed to take [the Full HD] audio and video experience to the limit".

Although the appeal of the "HD Reality Enhancer" option is perhaps questionable (its features include selective sharpening and film grain reduction!), another promised enhancement is "Super Bit Mapping", which uses noise-shaping to enhance the 8-bit colour signal from the Blu-ray Disc to the equivalent of a 14-bit signal. On the audio side, the player naturally supports the High Def audio codecs, and includes superior components to ensure high quality sound output, regardless of Digital or Analogue connections.

Standard-def DVD content will also be handled by the Precision Cinema HD Upscale processing, which promises high quality Film Cadence detection and Diagonal Interpolation for the smoothing of video jaggies.

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