Review date: November 2016
Here's a bold statement: Sean Cody is one of the best gay adult sites ever. Since BananaGuide's first review of Sean Cody back in 2006, it's consistently been one of our top rated sites. The 19- to 26-year-old amateurs -- most of whom who you won't see anywhere else -- have a combination of looks, athleticism, and enthusiastic sluttiness that is unmatched. Most of the videos radiate perfect light, crystal clarity and outstanding camera work; and the newest 30% are in blazing sharp 1080p HD. If that's not enough, the team at Sean Cody puts up three new videos a week, for a total of almost 2,200 videos that you can stream or download and keep as long as you desire.
But it wouldn't be paradise without minor flaws: the site lacks a sophisticated search function; basic pagination could be improved; and occasionally a new video slips through that is not up to the usual Sean Cody standard.
The Sean Cody tour may give you a lot, or it may give you less. In some cases, you'll just get one page with some large thumbnails that will automatically play small video loops; in other cases, you find you can browse through the entire scene index and model index and watch plenty of free clips.
When you go to sign-up, watch out for a drop-down list that asks if you want to add a trial to another site (usually Juicy Boys or Men.com, both owned by MindGeek, which also owns Sean Cody). It will renew at the full monthly membership price, so use the drop down list to opt out of the offer if you aren't interested. Also, note that the Sean Cody trial membership is limited.
Look at the top right hand corner of the super-clean homepage and you'll see a menu icon that opens to a table of contents: Your three most important choices are: "Home," "Scenes" and "Models." Once you're in the main "Scenes" index you get the title (usually the model names) and an image from each of the videos, the most recent first. Just click on the image and you're taken to that individual video page which has the embedded video player, the photo gallery, and the related scenes.
Download options are not obvious: beside the heart and clock icons are ellipses (three dots ...). First, click the dots; then "download"; then "Scene - All Platforms"; then choose a quality, from 1080p or less. This opens your browser's standard Open / Save menu.
The Sean Cody search options have improved slightly. You can now sort by date, popularity, and by various keyword tags that you'll find on the scene page. You can also sift by scenes that are considered related to the one you're watching. Paging through the site's video index needs to be improved: as you move through well over 145 pages of scenes you can only go two pages at a time; there's no other option (except for typing page numbers into the website address).
The Men and the Action
So why do some of the the hottest young men in America peel down and get raunchy for the Sean Cody cameras? We do know they are paid very well. Sean Cody men are athletic guys in the 19-26 age range. Every single one of them is good looking, nicely built and fresh to the porn world. While many are straight, a healthy proportion are gay. While very fit, they usually have natural body hair -- and only some have tattoos. Cock sizes range from normal to huge. About half of the new videos are solo and the rest are duos and three-ways.
In the solo videos, there's often a chat with the guy to put him at ease and to reveal a bit about him. One of several different settings is the gym, where the guy may perform a brief workout. Many of the scenes are shot in a beautifully decorated modern home with an infinity pool that overlooks the coast; the guys make creative use of every part of the house and every piece of furniture. The solo videos include two complete jerk-off sessions. Between sessions there's a timeout, often outdoors at the beach or a park, where these fit amateurs chat a bit while demonstrating a mad level of athletic skill.
There are plenty of hardcore videos too, with the guys carefully paired, really horned-up and into the sex. No one is allowed to just lie there -- they have to fuck and suck in every position imaginable. These hardcore videos also include some chat before or after the scene -- but never during. There are also plenty of three ways and group scenes. In early 2012 the site started to add bareback scenes and now almost all hardcore scenes are bareback.
Sean Cody videos are mostly outstanding quality, not just in terms of the amazing clarity of the playback, but in the highly professional camera work. The cameras catch the action from many different angles as the models take several different and often creative positions per shoot. There is a skilled variation of well lit close-up and medium shots so you never feel like you have missed anything -- and almost all the cum shots are shown from two angles.
However, once in a blue moon, a different, less skilled cameraman is used, and the quality difference is noticable when this happens. Let's hope these have been blips which will be elimininated in the future.
This year there is an astonishing 2200 scenes to choose from. These erotic masterpieces typically run from 15 to 20 minutes in length. The site is updated with fresh meat three times a week.
Since July, 2013, videos are available in one format only: MP4. These stream in-browser at a default size of 960x540 pixels. Since August, 2012, the MP4 videos will download in four different qualities, up to a whopping 1920x1080 pixels (4,500 kbps). Previous videos are available for download in the very similar Quicktime (MOV) format; most of these have a bitrate of 2,000 kbps and play in a 960x540 window.
Windows Media videos have not been available for over three years. Most have a bitrate of 2,000 kbps for play in a 960x540 window, though the more recent are higher quality and the very oldest are lower quality.
Screens: The new design is fully responsive, so looks and acts well on full sized screens as well as smaller ones. If you want to watch on a TV screen via Apple TV or another device the high-definition videos look amazing.
Image and Other Content
Almost every video shoot is accompanied by 50 to 80 high quality video captures. Most of the solo videos include a handful of high resolution digital photos, around ten pics per set, and starting in mid-2012 they include a set of 10 to 20 digital photos for the hardcore scenes as well. The site recently added a slideshow option, though you still can't download zip files.
Sean Cody has always impressed us with its personality, great looking and enthusiastic models, professional and creative camera work, and stunning technical quality. Now with almost 2,200 videos the only improvement needed is advanced search and better pagination. Why does this site get such a high score? Because nobody brings it all together like Sean Cody does.
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