- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 05 June 2012
Design and Setup of the Sony BDP-S590 Blu-ray Player
The S590 continues the tradition of weighing less than the previous years model and has a new body style that curves down from the top. Buttons on the front for power, eject, play and stop have moved from the front of the player to the top and I found that using them seems to cause a lot of flex in the plastic case. The Eject button also didn't work on my previously unused sample, so the new button design might not be as durable as before.
As with all players, the rear of the Sony lacks component video outputs, with HDMI being your only choice for HD video or lossless audio codecs. There are both Optical and Coaxial digital outputs (Optical is to the left of the Java logo) for those with legacy receivers, but at best you will get two tracks of lossless audio with them. There is built-in wireless with the S590 model, and connecting it to my wireless access point was a quick and easy process.
Setting up the S590 was fairly simple, with just selecting my resolution and colorspace for HDMI output, which is one nice benefit with HDMI. Setting up access to online content wasn't as streamlined however. Using Netflix required me to use my email address and password, instead of the simpler "Activate Online" option that doesn't require heavy input from a remote. Before I could use Hulu Plus I had to register the S590 through Sony and tie it to my account, where I already had my Sony HDTV and S570 Blu-ray player registered.
In theory this could be a nice benefit. I register it on the site, it has all of my account information, and then I don't have to deal with setup or can enter all of my credentials on a PC instead. However after I registered the player, it just allowed me to then bring up Hulu Plus again and register my account there through the Hulu website. Sony is insuring that you register your player, as you can't get online without doing so, but not offering benefits to speed up the process beyond that. This seems to be halfway there in implementation and execution, and hopefully they will make it easier to register all your accounts in the future.