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Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station. Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and...
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About this manual • In this manual, “disc” is used as a general reference for the BDs, DVDs, or CDs unless otherwise specified by the text or illustrations. • Icons, such as , listed at the top of each explanation indicate what kind of media can be used with the function being explained.
Table of Contents WARNING ........... . 2 Precautions .
Additional Information Troubleshooting ..........56 Self-Diagnosis Function .
Guide to Parts and Controls For more information, see the pages in parentheses. Remote Number 5, AUDIO, PROG +, and N buttons have a tactile dot. Use the tactile dot as a reference when operating the player. A Z (open/close) (page 31) Opens or closes the disc tray.
D Colour buttons (red/green/ yellow/blue) Short cut keys for selecting items on some BD’s menus (can also be used for BD’s Java interactive operations). E TOP MENU (page 33) Opens or closes the BD’s or DVD’s Top Menu. POP UP/MENU (page 33) Opens or closes the BD-ROM’s Pop-up Menu, or the DVD’s menu.
Front panel A [/1 (on/standby) (page 28) Turns on the player, or sets to standby mode. B Disc tray (page 31) C Blu-ray Disc indicator Lights up when a BD is recognised. When the player is turned on for the first time, the Blu-ray Disc indicator lights up, then turns off when Easy Setup is complete.
Front panel display A N, X Lights up during playback or pause. B HD (page 43) Lights up when outputting 720p/1080i/ 1080p video signals from the HDMI OUT jack or 720p/1080i video signals from the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks. C HDMI (page 15) Lights up when an HDMI device is connected.
Rear panel A COMPONENT VIDEO OUT (Y, P B LINE OUT (S VIDEO) jack (page 18) C LINE OUT (AUDIO L/R) jacks (page 18, 23) D MULTI CHANNEL OUTPUT (FRONT L/R, SURROUND L/R, SUR BACK L/R, CENTER, SUB WOOFER) jacks (page 22) E AC IN terminal (page 26) F Ventilation holes ) jacks (page 17)
Hooking Up the Player Check that you have the following items. • Audio/video cable (phono plug ×3) (1) • Mains lead (1) • External memory (1) • Remote commander (remote) (1) • R6 (size AA) batteries (2) Follow steps 1 through 7 to hook up and adjust the settings of the player.
Step 1: Connecting to Your TV About video/HDMI OUT jacks The player has the following video jacks. Connect the player to your TV according to the input jack on your TV. When connecting the player to your TV using the HDMI cable, you can enjoy high quality digital pictures and sound through the HDMI OUT jack.
Connect the player and your TV using an HDMI cable to enjoy high quality digital pictures and sound through the HDMI OUT jack. If you connect a Sony TV that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16), refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
TV or components. • When connecting the Sony TV that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” Easy Setting function using the HDMI cable, the “Control for HDMI” setting of the player automatically switches to “On”...
Connecting to component video jacks (Y, P Connect the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks of the player and your TV using a component video cable or three video cables (not supplied) of the same kind and length. You can enjoy high-quality pictures. Be sure to connect to the LINE OUT (AUDIO L/R) jacks using the audio/video cable.
Connecting to an audio/video or S VIDEO jack Connect the LINE OUT (VIDEO, AUDIO L/R) jacks of the player and your TV using the audio/video cable. You can enjoy standard quality pictures and sound. S-video cable (not supplied) When you connect the player and TV using an S- video cable, disconnect the video plug (yellow) of the audio/video cable.
Step 2: Connecting to Your AV Amplifier (Receiver) About audio/HDMI OUT jacks The player has the following audio jacks. Connect the player to your AV amplifier (receiver) according to the input jack on your AV amplifier (receiver). Jack type Digital Analogue For correct speaker location, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the connected...
If your AV amplifier (receiver) has an HDMI input, you can enjoy surround sound. If you connect a Sony AV amplifier (receiver) that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16), refer to the operating instructions supplied with the AV amplifier (receiver).
Connecting to digital jacks (OPTICAL/COAXIAL) If your AV amplifier (receiver) has a Dolby a digital input jack, you can enjoy Dolby Digital (5.1ch), Dolby Pro Logic (4.0ch), or DTS (5.1ch) surround effects. Optical digital cable (not supplied) Connect the digital jack of the player and your AV amplifier (receiver).
Connecting to 7.1 channel jacks If your AV amplifier (receiver) has 7.1 channel inputs, you can enjoy multi channel surround sound. Stereo audio cable (not supplied) Stereo audio cable (not supplied) : Signal flow Connect the 7.1 channel jacks of the player and your AV amplifier (receiver).
Connecting to audio L/R jacks If your AV amplifier (receiver) only has L and R audio input jacks, use this connection. : Signal flow Blu-ray Disc/DVD player (red) (white) Audio/video cable (supplied) (red) (white) Match the colour of the plug to that of the jack.
• Do not apply too much pressure to the external memory in the slot, as it may cause a malfunction. • We recommend use of the Sony USM1GH available as of April 2008. • Other USB flash devices may support this function.
Step 4: Connecting to the Network Connect the LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source using a network cable to update the player’s software. You can also enjoy the BD-Live function (page 34). Connect the LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source.
When connecting via a wireless LAN router Blu-ray Disc/DVD player Network cable (not supplied) Network cable (not supplied) ADSL modem/ Cable modem Internet Do not connect the LAN terminal of the player to the LAN terminal of the PC. Step 5: Connecting the Mains Lead After all of the other connections are complete, connect the supplied mains lead...
You can control the volume, input source, programme position, and power switch of your Sony TV with the supplied remote. When you replace the batteries of the remote, the code number may be reset to the default setting. Set the appropriate code number again.
To control other TVs with the remote You can control the volume, input source, programme position, and power switch of non-Sony TVs as well. If your TV is listed in the table below, set the appropriate manufacturer’s code. If you enter a new code number, the code number previously entered will be erased.
Select a language for the on-screen displays using M/m, and press ENTER. The initial settings message appears. Select “Start,” and press ENTER. Select the cable type used to connect the player and your TV, and press ENTER. Select “HDMI” when connecting your TV using the HDMI cable, and go to step When connecting the HDMI OUT jack and other video output jacks at the same time,...
Set the “Control for HDMI” function to “On” or “Off,” and press ENTER. Select “On” to use the “Control for HDMI” function when connecting Sony components that are compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16). If you do not use the “Control for HDMI”...
Playback Playing BDs/DVDs Number buttons HOME Switch the input selector on your TV so that the signal from the player appears on your TV screen. Press Z, and place a disc on the disc tray. Playing side facing down Press Z to close the disc tray. •...
Press HOME. Select “Video” using </,. Select using M/m, and press N or ENTER. For commercially available BD-ROMs or DVD VIDEOs, playback starts. For BDs or DVDs recorded on other equipment, the title list appears. Select a title using M/m, and press N or ENTER.
Available OPTIONS Press OPTIONS. The options menu appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER. The available items differ depending on the disc type or player situation. Items Details A/V Settings Adjusts settings for picture and sound. • Video Settings (page 36) •...
Enjoying BonusView/BD-Live Some BD-ROMs have bonus contents and other data that can be downloaded to the external memory (local storage) for enjoyment. Turn the player off. Insert the external memory (supplied) into the EXT slot on the rear of the player.
To cancel Scene Search mode Press SCENE SEARCH, ENTER, N, or X. Playback starts from the point you pressed the button. • The Scene Search function is available for titles longer than 100 seconds and shorter than 100 hours. • The Scene Search function may not be available depending on the disc.
Adjusting pictures and sound for videos To adjust the picture Press OPTIONS during playback. The options menu appears. Select “A/V Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. Select “Video Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Video Settings” screen appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER.
To adjust the audio characteristics Press OPTIONS during playback. The options menu appears. Select “A/V Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. Select “Audio Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Audio Settings” screen appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER.
Various music playback operations Buttons Operations Starts playback from the point where you pressed x. Stops playback. Pauses playback. ./> Skips to the beginning of the current or next track. To go to the previous track press . twice. Fast reverse/fast forwards when pressed during playback.
• Large photo files may take some time to display or to start a slideshow. To view best quality images If you have a Sony TV compatible with “PhotoTV HD,” you can enjoy best quality images by the following connection and setting.
Settings and Adjustments Using the Settings Displays Select (Setup) on the home menu when you need to change the settings of the player. Press HOME. Select (Setup) using </,. Select the setup category icon to change using M/m, and press ENTER. For details on setting options and setup category icons, see “Setting list”...
You can update and improve the functions of the player. For information about update functions, refer to the following website; http://support.sony-europe.com/ Select “Network Update” using M/m, and press ENTER. The player connects to the network, and the display asks for confirmation.
• The “Setup” settings remain after updating. • For information about other software update methods, refer to the following website or consult your nearest Sony dealer or local authorised Sony Service facility; http://support.sony-europe.com/ • Do not disconnect the mains lead while updating.
DVD Aspect Ratio Selects the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV (selectable when “TV Type” is set to “4:3” and “Screen Format” is set to “Fixed Aspect Ratio”). Letter Box Displays a wide picture with black bands on the top and bottom.
• If the picture is distorted or no picture appears, wait for about 30 seconds without pressing any buttons. The display returns to the resolution setting screen. If the selected video output resolution is incorrect, no picture will appear on the screen when you press any button within that 30 seconds.
YCbCr/RGB (HDMI) Sets the colour setting for video signals output from the HDMI OUT jack. Select the setting that matches the connected TV type. Auto Automatically detects the connected TV type, and switches to the matching colour setting. YCbCr (4:2:2) Outputs YCbCr 4:2:2 video signals.
Select “Size,” “Distance,” and press ENTER. Select a setup item using M/m, and press ENTER. Select or set a setting using M/m, and press ENTER. Size Selects the size of the speakers. • Front Large Normally select this position. Small Select this when the speakers cannot reproduce adequate low frequencies.
Change the “Distance” setting each time you move the speakers. Start from the front speakers. Front Set this between 1.0 metre and 15.0 metres in 0.2 metre increments. (1.0 ~ 3.0 ~ 15.0 [m]) Centre Set this within –1.6 metres and +0.6 metre of the “Front”...
Test Tone The player emits a test tone in sequence from the MULTI CHANNEL OUTPUT jacks to adjust the sound level from each speaker. When you select one of the “Speaker Settings” items, the test tone is emitted from the selected speaker.
48kHz/96kHz PCM Selects the maximum sampling frequency for the PCM signals output from the DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL/COAXIAL) jack. 48kHz/16bit Outputs audio signals of 96 kHz sampling as 48 kHz/ 16 bit. 96kHz/24bit Outputs audio signals of 96 kHz sampling as 96 kHz/ 24 bit.
BD/DVD Viewing Settings The default settings are underlined. BD/DVD Menu Selects the default menu language for BD- ROMs or DVD VIDEOs. When you select “Select Language Code,” the display for entering the language code appears. Enter the code for your language by referring to “Language Code List”...
You can change the password (see “Password” on page 51). • If you forget the password, reset the player (page 55) and set a new password (see “Password” on page 51). • When you play discs which do not have the Parental Control function, playback cannot be limited on this player.
Photo Settings The default setting is underlined. Slideshow Speed Changes the slideshow speed. Fast Photos change rapidly. Normal Photos change at normal speed. Slow Photos change slowly. System Settings The default settings are underlined. Selects your language for the player on- screen displays.
Auto Display Automatically displays information on the screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc. Displays information only when you press DISPLAY. Screen Saver The screen saver image appears when you do not use the player for more than 15 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the home menu, is displayed on your TV screen.
When you set the “DNS Server (Primary)”/ “DNS Server (Secondary)” addresses manually, enter the “DNS Server (Primary)” address. Otherwise, the “Internet Settings” will be set incorrectly. If your ISP has a specific proxy server setting, select “Proxy Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Proxy Settings”...
Easy Setup Re-runs the Easy Setup to make the basic settings. Select “Easy Setup,” and press ENTER. Select “Start” using </,, and press ENTER. Follow the instructions for “Step 7: Easy Setup” (page 28) from step 4. Resetting You can reset the player settings to the factory default by selecting the group of settings.
Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Power The power does not turn on. , Check that the mains lead is connected securely.
Picture See also “Connecting to an HDMI jack” (page 15) when connecting equipment using the HDMI cable. There is no picture/picture noise appears. , Check that all the connecting cables are securely connected. , Check whether the connecting cables are damaged.
The interactive audio is not output. , Set “BD Audio Setting” to “Mix” in the “Audio Settings” setup (page 48). HDMI There is no picture or no sound when connected to the HDMI OUT jack. , Try the following: and on again. Turn the connected equipment off and on again.
X on the player until “UNLOCK” appears in the front panel display (page 10). , When “TLK ON” appears, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. The disc tray does not open and you cannot remove the disc even after you press A.
• Place the player in a location with adequate ventilation to prevent heat build-up in the player. When just appears without any messages on the entire screen Contact your nearest Sony dealer or local authorised Sony service facility.
Playable Discs Type Disc Logo Blu-ray Disc DVD VIDEO DATA DVD DATA CD — * JPEG format conforming to UDF (Universal Disk Format). Icon used in Characteristics this manual BD-ROMs and BD-REs/BD-Rs in BDMV and BDAV mode, including 8 cm discs (single layer) and DL discs Discs such as movies that can be purchased or rented DVD+RWs/DVD+Rs in +VR mode or...
Discs that cannot be played • BDs with cartridge • DVD-RAMs • HD DVDs • DivX discs • DVD Audio discs • PHOTO CDs • Data part of CD-Extras • VCDs/Super VCDs • HD layer on Super Audio CDs • Audio material side on DualDiscs •...
About playback of discs recorded in AVCHD format This player can play AVCHD format discs. What is the AVCHD format? The AVCHD format is a high-definition digital video camera format used to record SD (standard definition) or HD (high definition) signals of either the 1080i specification or the 720p specification...
Video Output Resolution Output resolution differs depending on the “Output Video Format” setting in the “Video Settings” setup (page 42). When “Output Video Format” is set to “HDMI” Resolution LINE OUT setting VIDEO/ S VIDEO jack 480i/576i 480i/576i 480p/576p 480i/576i 720p 480i/576i 1080i...
Audio Output Signals The audio output differs as follows, depending on the source, output jack, and the selected settings. Digital Jacks/ settings HDMI OUT jack Auto Disc/source LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 7.1ch Dolby Digital LPCM 5.1ch Dolby Digital LPCM 7.1ch...
Specifications System Laser: Semiconductor laser Inputs and outputs (Jack name: Jack type/Output level/Load impedance) LINE OUT AUDIO L/R: Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL): Optical output jack/–18 dBm (wave length 660 nm) DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL): Phono jack/0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms MULTI CHANNEL OUTPUT: Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms HDMI OUT:...
Language Code List For details, see page 50. The language spellings conform to the ISO 639: 1988 (E/F) standard. Number, Language (BD Language Code/DVD Language Code) Parental Control/Area Code For details, see page 50. Number, Area (Code) 2044, Argentina (ar) 2047, Australia (au) 2046, Austria (at) 2057, Belgium (be)
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PhotoTV HD (page 39) “PhotoTV HD” allows for a highly-detailed pictures, and photo-like expression of subtle textures and colours. By connecting Sony “PhotoTV HD” compatible devices using an HDMI cable, whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD quality.
24p True Cinema (page 44) Movies shot with a film camera consist of 24 frames per second. Since conventional televisions (both CRT and flat panels) display frames either at 1/60 or 1/50 second intervals, the 24 frames do not appear at an even pace. When connected to a TV with 24p capabilities, the player displays each frame at 1/24 second intervals —...
Index Words in quotations appear in the on-screen displays. Numerics 24p True Cinema 72 “A/V Settings” 36 AACS 70 ANGLE 8 AUDIO 8 “Audio Output Priority” Audio output signals 65 “Audio Settings” 37 AVCHD 63 Batteries 27 “BD Data” 34 “BD/DVD Viewing Settings”...