Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

  • Plays Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p
  • Instantly streams online entertainment from leading providers
  • Upscales DVDs to near high definition
  • BD-Live ready
  • Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding

Experience Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p quality with stunning HD sound that supports enhanced audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio. You can also play and upscale your DVDs to near high definition. Connect to the internet and instantly stream thousands of movies, videos, music and more from Netflix, YouTube, Slacker and other leading content providers with the Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Disc player.

List Price: $ 249.99


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  1. GrafZeppelin127 "GrafZeppelin127" says:
    884 of 930 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Very poor Netflix performance; overall disappontment for the first year. Turn off CineMotion to remedy., November 24, 2009
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    This review is from: Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

    I’ve had this player for several days now. Blu-Ray playback appears to be good, although I don’t really have anything to compare it to. But so far its other attributes leave a great deal to be desired.

    Netflix playback is especially poor. I waited to buy this unit for its Netflix capability to kick in, and was using the Roku HD player in the meantime. Even with a wired connection, the Sony’s Netflix HD content playback is noticeably sluggish and jerky, almost to the point of being unwatchable, compared to the Roku player connected wirelessly to the same router. I watched parts of the same video on each player and the difference is not subtle; it is pronounced.

    Also, the upscaled DVD picture on this player is very, VERY soft, almost to the point of looking out of focus, even with the TV’s Sharpness setting turned up to maximum. This is in comparison to the Sony DVP-NS700H upscaling DVD player I had been using previously, which appears to have a sharper, crisper image; again, the difference is noticeable.

    I’m going to try a few more DVDs and see if Sony and/or Netflix tech support can address the streaming problem, before I give up and return the unit. I had hoped this player would be a nice addition to my BRAVIA setup (46″ Z4100 LCD TV), but so far it’s let me down.

    UPDATE: I called Sony and went through three levels of support. They agreed with my description and assessment of the Netflix HD picture quality and told me there was nothing that could be done about it. I also called Netflix and they couldn’t help either; none of their suggestions worked. If I can’t resolve this myself I’m going to have to return the player.

    UPDATE 2: Amazon on Demand HD video looks fine; very good, actually. Looks like this is a Netflix issue (probably the onboard software, not the stream, since Netflix still looks fine on the Roku) that will have to be fixed with a firmware update sometime in the future.

    UPDATE 3: CNET has now reviewed this product. From their review of the player’s Netflix performance: “We also noticed that the overall streaming video quality seemed to be slightly worse than we’re used to seeing. We saw more “jerky” playback than we’re used to seeing on other players”.

    UPDATE 4: The Sony firmware update issued on December 22 has had no effect on the Netflix HD streaming quality. It looks the same as it did before.

    UPDATE 5: For reasons unrelated to this issue, I upgraded my cable internet service to Cablevision’s “Optimum Boost,” which among other things is supposed to more than double Internet speed. Indeed, I’m now seeing over 20 Mbps on [...]. Nevertheless, the problem remains; the Netflix HD video is still “jerky”. Apparently the problem is not the network. I think it may be that the Sony does a poor job handling the Netflix stream compared to the Amazon stream, such as, e.g., upconverting from 720p to 1080p.

    UPDATE 6: I did some more experimenting with the player, this time removing the HDMI connection and using component instead, setting the player’s component output to 720p. This did not correct the jerky motion problem; it looked essentially the same.

    UPDATE 7: The June 14 firmware update (version 146) has had no effect on resolving this problem. I think it’s officially hopeless.

    UPDATE 8: Well, after a year, there is finally a solution (and it’s not the recent firmware update); great thanks to commenter Dean Ferreyra the review thread. Turning off the CineMotion feature on the Sony TV for the HDMI input where the BDP-N460 is connected appears, for the moment, to have solved the problem. Even sweeping camera shots appear smooth and fluid.

    Thanks so much to Dean and everyone else who has tried to help resolve this over the past year. If the problem stays solved, I may come back and change my star review.

    UPDATE 9: I’m pleased to report that the Netflix HD motion problem has not re-occurred since I turned off CineMotion. I’m very happy with this, and it’s remarkable how much the intrinsic value of this machine has gone up as a result. But I’m keeping the 2-star rating for three reasons: (1) the fact that I had this unit for a year with one of its major features effectively disabled, greatly reducing its ultimate value; (2) Sony’s utter failure to recognize this simple solution when I called their CSD about it last year, let alone correct it in a firmware update; (3) the fact that CineMotion is a Sony feature, so the problem itself and the failure to address it in advance, let alone solve it, were entirely Sony’s fault.

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  2. Sean Solo says:
    167 of 174 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it (except for the Netflix bit), October 21, 2009
    Sean Solo (Lexington, KY USA) –
    This review is from: Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

    I wanted a Blu-ray player for two main reasons, 1) to watch Netflix on my TV, and 2) to watch Star Trek: The Original Series (Enhanced) on Blu-ray. I returned an LG BD 390 because a stupid icon kept popping up every time an “alternate angle”/enhanced scene appeared during an episode. This was many times during each episode. It’s only on the screen for a few seconds, but you can’t turn it off. Contacted LG and they said you can’t turn it off and they weren’t planning a firmware update to fix it – unacceptable. So now I have the Sony and I am thrilled. No more icon, and I like the option of turning off other icons like “play” and “pause”. I think the load time is fine – fast enough for me. I’m anxious to get the Netflix firmware update to try that out. I don’t need a wireless Blu-ray as I have wired my basement to get more reliable video streaming. I am very satisfied with this player.

    Update as of 11/11/09 – Netflix enabled! Works beautifully so far. Watched a bit of “The Office”. Video quality very good. My TV says it was 1080p – cool. I’m guessing that most of the Netflix content will be standard def., though. I watched a few minutes of Enemy Mine and the quality was OK – about like Netflix is on my computer. I’m getting pretty spoiled by hi-def. video after watching Blu-ray movies. Anyway, Netflix is easy to do. Just add movies to your Watch Instantly queue (on your PC), and they’re there on TV. Brilliant.

    UPDATE as of 1/17/11:
    I still love this player for playing Blu-rays, but not for Netflix streaming. I changed my review from 5 to 3 stars. As outlined so well by GrafZeppelin127, this player has Netflix streaming issues. Images freeze for maybe a minute or two at a time many times during viewing. Not always, but enough to make it a major inconvenience. When we switch over to streaming on the PC, there are no problems with image freeze. I read that GrafZeppelin127 found a fix for Sony TV’s (turning off CineMotion). I have a Panasonic 50″ plasma (TC-P50V10)and I can’t figure out how to turn off any similar feature on my TV. When I am streaming and I go to the Advanced Picture menu on my TV, there is an option for “3:2 Pulldown”, but it already shows that it’s off and plus it’s grayed out so that I can’t change it anyway. There is also a “24p Direct in” option, with options to change from 96 Hz, 60 Hz, 48 Hz. It shows it’s on 60 Hz and again, it’s grayed out, so I can’t change it anyway. If I can’t get this figured out, I will likely be buying a Roku player. Most unfortunate. I had high hopes for this player and did really like it initially.

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  3. Kaushik Dwarakanath "Kdphotoman" says:
    87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Yes Finally!!! It works as advertised.- Its worth it., November 12, 2009
    Kaushik Dwarakanath “Kdphotoman” (Houston, TX) –

    This review is from: Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)

    Bought this player last week along with an Sony Bravia Sony BRAVIA V-Series KDL-46V5100 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV, Black LCD HDTV. I have the home theater setup using an Onkyo TX-SR605 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) AV receiver. Although the receiver is 2 yrs old. I was fortunate to choose that model as it had HDMI inputts (just 2 for that time). I have assigned the two HDMI inputs to this blue ray player BDP_N460 and the HD sat receiver. It would have been a great player if they had an integrated WIFI . Guess Sony has their price point all worked out.
    Nevertheless the user manual says it strongly recommends Linksys Linksys by Cisco WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge with Dual-Band Wi-Fi bridge. I have this unit configured to work with less expensive TRENDnet Wireless N Gaming Adapter-Black (TEW-647GA) (V1.0R). All I had to do was to manually configure TRENDnet Wireless N Gaming Adapter-Black (TEW-647GA) (V1.0R) using my laptop initially (due to my secure wireless network configuraion).
    Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) was able to connect to the network and with in minutes

    Please ensure you go through a system update after your unit is able to connect to the network. Since this was my initial setup. It updated my firmware to the most current version (ver. 120 as of this writing).

    Netflix Works!! – Sony has fixed a lot of issues previous reviewers experienced. such as lack of Netflix connectivity etc. Plus they have added a few more online portals you can connect to for video downloads than printed in their user manual. I was pleasantly surprised.

    To get Netflix to work, you will have to register your player at (which is a sony style website). When you do this, they give you another code to register wih on [...] telling them you would like to stream movies to your Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) player.

    Assuming you have an account with netflix, you would be able to do the above step.
    At this point, i was able to watch Netflix movies from my instant queue. The movies i chose were fairly new and hence i was able to get HD versions of the same streaming in. I was amazed at the quality of the feed and the speed.

    However, I do have to mention that I did use a 8GB USB drive in the EXT slot at the back of the unit.
    Although the user manual recommends 1GB or higher. The bigger memory offer better buffering capacity I think. Since price of USB drives are more affordable/GB. It would be advisable to get 2GB+.

    Surfing other portals was not that complicated such as You tube. Although beware that not all vidoes on you tube offer HD content. Some of they are plain pathetic, although they look great on you PC monitor, it is a whole another playing field watching it on your HD tv. it would also be nice if sony interface let you search video based on a search engine instead of their listed portals (perhaps in the future….Hope sony hears us out).

    I have not figured this one yet. I wish BDP_N460 would let you surf and choose other video media (such as .wvmv/ .rm files on an external Hard Drive) on a connected devise through front side USB port. It would be nice if sony would come up with this feature using a firmware update in future.

    The only downside or negative I can think of is to get it working as advertised, You need to spend additional $60 + to get the Wireless Bridge and a USB drive.

    On the positives Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) is a top notch DVD player, i loved the fact the regular DVD’s were upconverted to near HD (it may be my receiver doing it, i cant say for sure).
    Blue Ray – play back was mind blowing.
    Bottom line is that you get quality video/audio on your TV from this player.

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