The BDP-S300 can play standard audio CDs, along with MP3 and JPEG files burned on CDs and DVDs.
The BDP-S300 has support for standard Dolby Digital and DTS surround soundtracks, and it also has support for the slightly higher quality Dolby Digital Plus format.
One complaint we've had with several high-def disc players is that their menu systems are still stuck in the standard-def era--blocky text and harsh colors shouldn't be the norm on these expensive units.
Luckily, the BDP-S300 features slick high-def graphics that are descended from the Cross Media Bar found on the PSP, and later modified to be included on other products, like the STR-DA5200ES AV receiver and the Sony KDL-46S3000 HDTV.
There's also a component video output that can output video from Blu-ray discs in high-def, along with legacy standard def S-Video and composite outputs.
For digital audio, there's the aforementioned HDMI output, plus both optical and coaxial digital audio outputs.
The simple rectangular component sports a LED display on the bottom half of its face, and in the upper right section there are some basic playback controls, including handy chapter forward and backward buttons.
Of course, the menus on the BDP-S300 aren't nearly as involved--there just aren't that many settings on a Blu-ray player--but we still appreciated the pleasing look.
The included remote is slick-looking with its reflective directional pad in the center.
On the top of the player are two critical buttons--open/close and power--which can be somewhat irksome if you're planning to stack components atop the BDP-S300.
Unlike almost all Blu-ray players we've reviewed, the BDP-S300 somehow does without prominent, glowing blue front panel buttons.