We still use this dvd player now and we got this just as blu-ray were starting to become 'big' The box looks great, it looks slightly blue in the picture here but in reality it's more a black with a slight blue/purple gloss. We put the SKY box on top of it and it doesn't look out of place the way two black objects can look together.
PROS: It can play blu-ray! And the control has loads of great features! I do however have problems with navigating to the 'top menu' as it has two options, and most the time the dvd doesn't allow you to even use these buttons...so not great overall!
CONS: It's SO slow!! I'm not sure if this is the same for all bly-ray discs, but boy is this slow when loading up a dvd!! I'm guessing it comes down to how new the player is as this is pretty old now! It also takes a while for it to start up, which is so annoying when all you want to do is watch a film! When i have the choice between using my laptop or my TV sometimes I just use my mac instead as it's just faster and easy to use!
I guess what I'm trying to say is that this dvd isn't human friendly!
Great player which we still own, but in reality we need to upgrade, we just haven't had the time yet!
Verdict: This was great when it was released, we thought it was really good and I think it's the case of times have changed and this is now out-dated. I would suggest looking around and doing some research before buying one of these. You will most likely find that newer sony models are alot better! And hopefully alot faster!!
I bought this as a gift for my partner (and myself!)for Christmas 2010. The price was more than reasonable for the item and a lot less than I was expecting to pay give the premium name. We have watched a few blue ray discs on it and the quality is excellent. We were given 4 promotional blue ray discs with it which, although they were not ones I would have chosen, we enjoyed. The unit is stylish and slim so is easy to find space for it. Once out of the box the set up was very easy. The manual that came with it gave us instructions but anyone who is used to setting up a tv or dvd player would find it easy enough without the instruction booklet. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to upgrade their dvd player particularly if you already have an HD TV.
The player comes with everything you need to get it set up with a newer TV - scart leads etc (older ones might not be suitable). The quality of the picture is excellent, much better than a standard DVD - anyone who watches HD will tell you it isn't a myth that the picure is crystal clear. Blue Ray is the DVD equivalent of HD.
This player was built purposely to complement the Sony Bravia range of TVs. With that said what can this player offer to both Bravia and non-Bravia owners.
As with most Sony Blu ray players the audio and video quality is top notch and can't be faulted. The player will play back BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD-+Video/R/RW, CD, AVCHD. Which is quite an impressive list although I have seen better.
For Bravia owners the player contains BRAVIA Sync technology which allows for stunningly quick connection with anything baring the Bravia name, this creates a quicker way of setting up your player and syncing up audio/video to optimum settings.
The player offers BD live and firmware updates via an Ethernet cable, this should really be WI-FI. The player also contains some internal memory for BD live data; this is a luxury as most players make you buy separate external memory.
To surmise this is another great Sony player which is meant for people who place quality of audio and video high in their list of priorities. The player does lack slightly in features such as WI-FI but makes up for it in video processing. I like the Bravia sync idea although it does kind of discriminate against other TV owners.
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.
|Product Description:||Sony BDP-S550 - Blu-ray disc player|
|Product Type:||Blu-ray disc player|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||43 cm x 22 cm x 7 cm|
|Media Type:||CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM|
|BD Profiles:||Profile 1.1 (Bonus View), Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)|
|Upscaling:||Yes ( up to 1080p )|
|Video D/ A Converter:||12bit / 148.5MHz|
|Audio D/ A Converter:||24bit / 192kHz|
|Built-in Audio Decoders:||Dolby Digital, DTS decoder, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD decoder, Dolby TrueHD|
|Remote Control:||Remote control - infrared|
|Sound Output Mode:||Surround Sound|
|Enclosure Colour:||Black, blue|