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Sony BDP-S550

Sony BDP-S550
alaScore 80

614 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 614 reviews of Sony BDP-S550. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Blu-ray Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Sony BDP-S550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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This summary is based on the product: Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S550 black

Sep, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 460 user reviews of Sony BDP-S550 from 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

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Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (

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...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (

Sony BDP-S 550


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...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Aaron Broverman (

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...

Expert review by: Good Gear (

The Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player is good but slightly overpriced.


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.

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

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: (

Sony BDP-S550 review


Given that Sony pioneered the Blu-ray format, you'd expect it to have some pretty formidable hi-def resources at its disposal. There's the ubiquitous PlayStation 3 and entry-level BDP-S350 just to name a couple, but now it's time to cast an inquisitive...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (

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...

Dec, 2008

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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...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: electricpig (

Sony BDP-S550


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

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

The remote controlisn't exactly in keeping with the aesthetics.

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Alain (

Not what I expected from Sony


"Product worked well for about six months. Started to have problems w/ Blu Ray discs and was told we needed to update the firmware. By the second udpate, after 11 months of ownership, Blu Ray discs stopped working altogether. At month 13, no discs...

Looks good ; reasonable image

Poor reliability

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: JEREMY (



"I love the sound and picture with this blu-ray player. Its my first but with all other sony products makes great combo."



Mar, 2009

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



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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony