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Sony BDP-S550

Sony BDP-S550
alaScore 78

771 reviews

Sep, 2014

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony BDP-S550

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 47 user reviews of Sony BDP-S550 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Blu-ray Players on Amazon.co.uk.

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony BDPS550 Profile 2.0 Blu-ray PlayerBlu-ray Disc Player BDP-S550 black

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony BDP-S550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 458 user reviews of Sony BDP-S550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Blu-ray Players on Amazon.com.

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony BDP-S550 1080p Blu-Ray Player

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Sony BDP-S550

 

Editors' note (March 30, 2009) : The rating of this player has been changed since its initial publication to reflect changes in the marketplace.

Excellent image quality on Blu-ray Discs; Profile 2.0 compliant; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, plus bit-stream output; 7.1 analog-audio outputs; 1GB USB drive included in box.

PlayStation 3 may still offer a better value for some buyers; competing players offer more features or lower prices.

The Sony BDP-S550 offers excellent image quality and a solid feature set, but only consider it if you need the multichannel analog outputs.

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Sony BDP-S550

 

The BDP-S550 is one of the best non-professional Blu Ray disc players on the market. Both audio and video outputs are high quality, and the number of output connections is unequaled in this class. When coupled with a good HDTV and surround system,...

1080p output and 1080p upscaling7.1 surround sound outputsBD Live internet serviceLarge number of outputs for compatibility with existing equipmentPrecision Drive system for playing damaged media

Sony's top-of-the-line consumer model Blu Ray Disc Player featuring...

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Sony BDP-S 550

 

The Sony BDP-S 550 is a Blu-ray, DVD, and CD player, available since summer 2008. Sony's recommended retail price is 330 GBP.

Excellent HDTV picture with 24p support ; HD sound as a bitstream-output ; BD-Live functionality ; Analog 7.1-channel audio

DVD de-interlacing doesn’t always work ; No DTS-HD decoder ; No MP3 playback

We liked the full video adjustment options, BD-Live capabilities (with a supplied memory stick), and optional quick-start function. Overall, an excellent performance, but we would like to have seen better DVD movie playback, and support for MP3 music...

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Sony BDP-S550

 

The industry has moved to Blu-ray. Now it's time for the industry's best to launch the BDP-S550.

It was only a matter of time before a Blu-ray player would come along that was really, truly blue in color. Not only is the Sony BDP-S550 blue, but it also actually backs up the striking color and slim body with cinema quality imaging from its 24p True...

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Sony BDP-S550

 

The Sony BDP-S550 is a fully featured Blu-ray player with a wide array of ports and good image quality when playing Blu-ray discs and upscaled DVDs.

Excellent Blu-ray image quality, 7.1-channel analog output, BD-Live ready

USB port can't be used for playing media, DVD upscaling makes edges fuzzy

The Sony BDP-S550 is a good product but its relatively high cost means that unless you need the 7.1-channel analog output the competition offers better value.

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Stuff magazine

 

The latest Sony Blu-ray deck is Profile 2.0 and a lovely shade of blue. But is it for you?

Another attractive Blu-ray deck that's among the best in its class

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Sony BDP-S550

 

The BDP-S550 is a fully loaded Blu-ray player with all the bells and whistles, including the latest Profile 2.0 advanced interactive feature support and HD audio.

Excellent image quality on Blu-ray Discs ; Profile 2.0 compliant ; Onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, plus bit-stream output ; 7.1 analog-audio outputs ; 1GB USB drive included in box

PlayStation 3 may still offer a better value for some buyers ; Competing players offer more features or lower prices

We also looked at the some program material. We started with the introduction to Star Trek: Insurrection, and the BDP-S550 showed off its 2:3 pulldown prowess by smoothly rendering the curved lines of the bridge railings and boat hulls. We switched...

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Sony BDP-S550 Blu Ray Player

 

The BDP-S550 is compatible with BD-Live content, which is an online service featured by certain Blu Ray titles, allowing the user access to exclusive trailers, interviews and interactive features offered by the creators of the film or TV show contained...

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Sony BDP-S550

 

To call the Sony BDP-S550 a budget Blu-ray player would be doing it a disservice to its myriad features, but what else do you call a Blu-ray player that costs around £250?

Awesome picture quality, whether upscaling or direct from Blu-ray disc

The remote controlisn't exactly in keeping with the aesthetics

The Sony BDP-S550 is a pretty formidable Blu-ray player at a pretty formidable price point. Picture quality's not half bad either!

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Sony BDP-S550

 

A Blu-ray Profile 2.0 player supporting BD-ROM/R/RE, AVC-HD and almost all flavours of DVD and CD. Internal HD sound decoding for 7.1 channel analogue output and digital up to DTS-HD Master Audio via HDMI.

For literally years, the only budget Blu-ray player worth buying came with controllers, a Cell processor and hard drive. Finally, Sony has crafted a player that kicks the PS3 back into the bedroom where it belongs. From its six-second boot-up (even...

The backlit remote control will freak out your cat – it’s just a shade too ‘Samsung’, if you get our meaning. We’re also considering introducing legislation at the next session of Parliament to force manufacturers to just throw a bloody HDMI cable in...

An impressive and affordable introduction to the world of Blu-ray – only home cinema freaks will need to spend more.

Product Specifications

The BDP-S550 model supports BonusView (Picture-in-Picture) featured on some of the new Blu-ray Disc theatrical releases. This model also features an external port for local storage, so users can add optional flash-based memory. The BDP-S550 ships with a 1GB storage device. The player features 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output. It is compatible with most standard DVDs and features 1080p upscaling through an HDMI connection to capable HDTV sets, improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries. The model offers 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus decoding and bit-stream output, as well as dts -HD High Resolution Audio and Master Audio bit-stream output. The BDP-S550 adds dts-HD High Resolution Audio and dts-HD Master Audio decoding as well as 7.1 channel analog audio output. The player supports AVCHD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology, an international standard for wide color space reproduction. The standard expands the current data range of video by about 1.8 times, allowing the players to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the human eye can actually see. The player also features compatibility with an array of video formats, including BD-R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW (Video Mode), CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA format), and JPEG on DVD/CD recordable media. The new model features a slim design with reduced depth and height compared to previous models matching Sony's new home-theater-in-a-box systems, the HT-SS2300 and HT-CT100 T-SS2300, also announced today. Optimized for Blu-ray Disc, the new component systems feature three 1080p compatible HDMI inputs making them the perfect match for a Full high-definition home theater when connected to a new Sony BRAVIA 1080p HDTV.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.7in
Height:2.8in
Weight:7.3lbs
Width:16.9in

DVD

Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / DTS decoder / DTS-HD decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:BD-R / BD-RE / BD-ROM / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / PCM
Type:Blu-Ray disc player

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:BDP-S550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony
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