Sony BDP-S7200 Network Blu-ray Disc Player: Product Profile

Sony BDP-S7200 Blu-ray Disc Player
Sony BDP-S7200 Blu-ray Disc Player. Image provided by Sony

If you still haven't made the jump from DVD to Blu-ray, and own an HDTV (or even a 4K Ultra HD TV), here is a player to consider.

Although the Sony BDP-S7200 was originally introduced in 2014, as a result of its popularity and firmware updates, it is still available.

Here is a rundown of what it offers.

Core Features

First off, the BDP-S7200 features 2D and 3D Blu-ray disc playback, as well as the ability to play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs. Compatible playback for record-able Blu-ray and most DVD formats is provided. Also, both 1080p and 4K upscaling are included. However, it is important to note that the BDP-S7200 is not an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player, so it is not compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.

On the other hand, the 7200 provides extensive video processing features for DVD and Blu-ray playback that include both manually adjustable (color, contrast, tint, black level) and preset picture modes (Standard, Brighter Room, Theater Room), and a video noise reduction setting, that helps to optimize image quality independent of your TV's video setting controls. These adjustment options are not included in most Blu-ray Disc players.

Also, for those that are interested, the BDP-S7200 provides real-time 2D-to-3D conversion. However, just as with other players that have this feature, it is not as effective as native 3D. It is also important to note that whether playing a 3D Blu-ray Disc or converting 2D-to-3D, you need to have a 3D TV or 3D video projector. As of 2017, 3D TVs production has been discontinued, but 3D video projectors are available.

Network and Streaming Features

In addition to disc playback, the BP-S7200 provides internet streaming content access from over 200 services (including Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Netflix, Pandora, and a lot more).

The BP-S7200 can also access compatible media content (photos, video, music) stored on other network connected devices including hi-res audio files (FLAC, DSD, ALAC, and more). The player is DLNA compatible for access to content stored on PCs and media servers, as well as from disc and streaming sources.

In addition, a USB port is included that allows you to plug in a flash drive and view video and still image files, as well as listen to audio files (both standard and hi-res) using the player. In fact, for standard compressed music files formats (such as MP3), the 7200 provides Sony's DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) audio upscaling. This feature restores the subtle details that are discarded during the compression process.

Connectivity

To make the connection to your network or internet easier, the BDP-S7200 provides both wired ethernet and WiFi connectivity options.

Now, in terms of connectivity, here is what you need to know. As is the case Blu-ray Disc players made from 2013 going forward, the only video output option provided is HDMI.  There are no component or composite video outputs. Also, if you need an audio-only output option, the only one provided is digital coaxial. There is no digital optical. In addition, there are no analog audio outputs provided on the BDP-S7200.

Control and More

Another feature included in the BDP-S7200 is compatibility with Sony's TV SideView App. This allows you to use most smartphones (Android, iOS) as your player's remote control, which is very convenient. However, if you prefer a traditional remote, one is included as part of the 7200's package.

In addition, the 7200 includes Miracast functionality. This allows you to share content from a compatible smartphone on your TV. In other words, instead of going around the room and showing your friends your latest smartphone-taken videos or photos, everyone can see them at the same time, right your large screen TV.

The Bottom Line

Taking all into consideration, if you are not ready to make the jump to Ultra HD Blu-ray, the Sony BDP-S7200 is a great player that provides a host of home entertainment options in one package that can be a great complement to your TV and audio setup.

However, if you currently own, or are considering the purchase of, a 4K Ultra HD TV, you might consider purchasing a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player for the best viewing experience.