Blu-ray Players

Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player

ARTICLE INDEX

On the Bench

Video Performance

The Sony BDP-N460 had decent results in most of our benchmark tests. Measurements were taken at 1080i resolution with the Tektronix Oscilloscope from the component analog video outputs. The BDP-N460 had very good core performance with white levels measured at a respectable 101IRE, luma and chroma channels in perfect alignment with each other, and a full image without any cropped pixels. The frequency response measured from the BDP-N460 is rather smooth with only a little deviation in the higher frequencies, which translates to good picture quality.

In our HD section of the benchmark the BDP-N460 was a strong performer. The player has good diagonal filtering making images free from jaggies and stairstepping. In addition, the BDP-N460 can successfully convert both 3:2 and 2:2 cadence 1080i material properly which is a big plus. Since the BDP-N460 doesn't feature any advanced noise reduction methods the player failed that portion of our test.

Standard DVD Performance

The BDP-N460 had decent results in our standard DVD benchmarks. Using HDMI and component connections the player passed most of our film based tests but had trouble with our 3:2 cadence mixed flags test. This could result in a loss of detail in short bursts especially around chapter stops. Results on our high detail test were very good and the player displayed our Super Speedway pattern as well as the more grueling Coliseum flyover scene with precision.

On video based material the BDP-N460 had mostly good results. The player is motion adaptive and applies diagonal filtering but it fell short with a slow recovery time when switching back and forth between film and video material.

On the usability section of our benchmark, the BDP-N460 was a solid performer. Responsiveness from the player and the interface was really good and the layer change clocked in at a blazingly fast .5 seconds.

Overall, the Sony DVP-N460 scored very well in our benchmark. Of the Blu-Ray players we've tested to date with the current benchmark, the N460 has the highest HDMI score of any player under $499 ($2000 not counting the Oppo BDP-83), and the best component-video score of any player under $1,500.