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Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray Disc Player

Released on 20 March 2009

Manufacturer: Sony

4.0 out of 5 (7 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Enter the next level of high definition with the stylish BDP-S550 Blu-ray Disc player, an entertainment experience usually reserved for the cinema. Access to the superior 1080p HD video and audio content of a Blu-ray Disc as well as the Bonus View feature on Blu-ray movies, you will love the additional footage and insight provided. This player also outputs HD1080p / 24p True Cinema picture, upscales existing DVD's to give you the best quality in DVD playback with the HDMI connection. Superior picture quality isn't the only thing, the BDP-S550 comes with Dolby TrueHD which delivers sound as stunning as the video Featuring Network Firmware update- internet connection via Ethernet port allows automatic product updates.

HD1080p High Definition picture quality
24p True Cinema - View the film exactly as it was shot
Cinema Tuned Picture Modes
Photo TV HD
Xcross Media bar - Easy to navigate user interface which mirrows the design used in BRAVIA & Playstation
Bonusview - picture in picture visual content can be displayed during movie playback
Network Firmware Update - Internet connection via Ethernet port for automatic product update to BD Live
BRAVIA Sync- One push functionality
BD-Rom ( profile 1.1, Upgradeable to 2.0 via Ethernet)
MP3 & JPEG Playback
Precision Drive HD
Precision Cinema HD Upscale
x.v. Colour - More vibrant & truer colours for better picture quality
Upscaling of DVD Video content to 1080p
Dolby Digital Plus/ Dolby True HD (7.1ch) decoding
7.1 Ch Audio Bitstream out via HDMI
DTS-HD HA/ Dolby True HD / Dolby Digital Plus bit stream pass- through via HDMI
Motorised slide door
AVCHD disc playback
CD Playback
Bitrate display
Backlit remote control
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  • Multimedia with BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD-+Video/R/RW, CD Playback, AVCHD Playback
  • The ultimate sound experience through 7.1 Channel analogue output and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding capability via HDMI
  • Built in BD-Live (Profile 2.0) to immediately access studio-specific online content including trailers, interviews and other extras and enjoy them through your Blu-ray Disc Player
  • 1GB of exchangable storage to save downloaded BD-Live content from the internet
  • Quick Start-up mode enables you to enjoy your Blu-ray movies already after just six seconds
  • Bravia Sync technology makes connecting the players to Bravia televisions and Home Theatre systems from Sony a piece of cake
  • The new XrossMediaBar guarantuees an easy to understand menu control, simple for everybody to use intuitively all of the players' functions
  • New Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology that converts standard-definition signals (480i) to 1080p and outputs a full HD equivalent resolution signal to 1080p TVs via HDMI
  • With 24p True Cinema you can sit back and watch the film like in real cinema, without length or quality losses
  • The BonusView functionality allows you to view two separate video streams from the same Blu-ray Disc on screen at the same time
  • x.v.Color allows the S550 to output more natural and vivid colours similar to what the human eye actually sees in the natural world
  • New Precision Drive HD helps to detect and correct wobbling discs from three directions, stabilizing playback of bent or scratched Blu-ray Disc's and DVDs.
  • The back lit remote enables you to control the S550 in the dark without the need to destroy your cinema experience to switch on the lights

customer Reviews

 Average rating (7 reviews)

 Just a Brilliant piece of kit

| | See all BugleB's reviews (2)

Dedicated to Blue Ray, this player extracts and shows the very best that the format has to offer. I toyed with the idea of going down the PS3 route - but the BDP-S550 is now much cheaper, less hassle and fits well in to an A/V setup.
It is a neat player, its lightness being it only drawback. It seems incredibly light and can be easily moved if your are heavy handed with it, though it rubber feet are grippy. The blue case colour makes it a great looker. The remote is excellent and well up to Sony's best standards. The PSP/PS3 menu bar system works really well and if connected to a Sony TV can be synchronised, i.e. turn on the player and the TV turns on & Vice versa, Both remotes work with either device for most standard functions, the Player automatically switches connection to the right HDMI etc.
I am running via HDMI to a A/V amp and then in to a Sony 40" LCD. The HDMI transfers fantastic Dolby Master sound at full 7.1 (yes I have all the speakers and it does make you glance around at those sounds..) along with 1080p pictures - and the effect is just mesmerising. The LAN connection works well and was easy to get connected to my broadband router. I cabled up to a Linksys "WET54G" Wireless Ethernet bridge to turn the player in to a wireless device, then once the network settings were entered it is straight through with no problem. Note: this is not a Web browser - but a way of extending Blue Ray content.
It allows BD Live content to be streamed from the Internet, giving access to Previews and exclusive content. There are buffering delays - but this is down to broadband bandwidth more than anything - think BBC iPlayer to compare. BD Live previews do come in near HD quality and with Dolby Digital sound though. I'm sure content will develop further around this Internet connectivity as time goes by.
All in all I am delighted with this player. It is simple, feature rich, performs well and looks good.

 Well Done Sony

| | See all garymcleanuk's reviews (3)

What can I say. Ive always bought SONY DvD players as they are well made and really up to the job.

The picture quality is excellent and you have so much flexibility in tuning the picture and audio outputs.

I'm very impressed with the upscailer that's built into this unit. Ivey an older DVD Sony upscailer but this does a better job.

I'm only using 2 channel audio until I get an Amp but the audio is excellent quality, clear and precise.

1GB Micro Vault is included but do not see why you can not connect any USB Storage if you need to download extra content from the BD Live Service.

Firmware upgrades are easy and simple.
The Menu system is the same as the PS3 and is very simple to use.

The remote can also be used to control your TV with the codes supplied in the manual.

The unit is very swish and proud to shop it off

 Fantastic Player

| | See all Caterboy's reviews (4)

This player is my first Blu-Ray player so I have nothing else to compare this against. I did some research before buying and was steered away from other players with comments like 'Slow load times' and had to be careful of the right elements required.
All I can say is wow. Firstly SD discs are upscaled even better than my Sony DAV DZ260 and the quality is great. The Blu-Ray side of things does not fail to impress on my 46" LCD. The load times do not seem to be an issue and there is a LAN jack on the back for additional features and updating the firmware is made very easy.
I have the audio channeled via an optical cable to my DAV system and the quality is suberp.
This unit is stylish and looks well built and another advantage is the size as the depth of the player is nearly half that of the size of my DAV system and slightly smaller than a SKY+ decoder.
A must buy if you want to do justice to your Hi-Def screens.

 Nice Machine - Good Performer

| | See all ExXboxer's reviews (14)

This player is easy to set and looks good - the images that it produces are crystal clear (coping well with the dark scenes of films like Dark Knight) and the sound is excellent.

It works very well with standard disc formats and reinforces the fact that the slow load times are normally down to the Blu Ray disc rather than the players themselves. I spoke to someone at Sony, and they advised that load times are not likely to get much better in the foreseeable future.

I am not always great with new technology, but the set up screens are easy to use (although the interfaces are quite dull compared to my HD DVD player - which unfortunately is now back in the box due to the demise of the format). The network conectivity allows Java updates to keep the player current with latest disc releases and access to BD Live content.

The only downside for me was that Sony did not honour the "free disc" promotion, but from reading other peoples reviews that does not seem to be a common problem.

All in all, I would say that this is a great addition to my living room and I

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