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Sony BDP-S550

Sony BDP-S550
alaScore 78

697 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 697 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 697 reviews)

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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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Expert review by:

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...

Consumer review by:

"has a long life time"

 

Good video performance!!

Failed to load Blu-Ray discs after 1 year.

Consumer review by:

Failed to load Blu-Ray discs after 1 year

 

After 1 year of good service, it stopped loading Blu-Rays. Sony support recognizes this as a common problem. Without extended warranty, I was quoted a flat rate of $112 to repair it. Of course, I wold have to ship it (certified/insured) to Texas. So,...

Good video performance

Failed to load Blu-Ray discs after 1 year

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"Failed to load Blu-Ray discs after 1 year"

 

After 1 year of good service, it stopped loading Blu-Rays. Sony support recognizes this as a common problem. Without extended warranty, I was quoted a flat rate of $112 to repair it. Of course, I wold have to ship it (certified/insured) to Texas. So,...

Good video performance.

Failed to load Blu-Ray discs after 1 year.

Consumer review by:

"great when it worked"

 

great picture decent load times if you don't count startup time

slow start up takes 3-5 minutes I have had player for 9 months worked great for 8 one day it quit playing blue ray disks but would play all other dvds told update to new firmware did that still does not work

Consumer review by:

great when it worked

 

great picture decent load times if you don't count startup time

slow start up takes 3-5 minutes I have had player for 9 months worked great for 8 one day it quit playing blue ray disks but would play all other dvds told update to new firmware did that still does not work

Consumer review by:

"Not the best electronic unit I've ever owned."

 

I would have tried other players out more prior to purchase. I may have settled on this one anyway but I would have known the pros-cons first.

good sound, good picture, mostly easy to work.

-update download instructions are vague.

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

Header

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