Sony changes Blu-ray standards to make this player obsolete
10 March 2013
Summary: I purchased this player for $350 in 2008. I was fairly happy with it for a number of years, but now I'm not so pleased with it. First, this thing takes an eternity to boot up. To eject the disk from a powered-down player, expect around 8-10 seconds. Second, I have had a number of issues playing Blu-ray disks, even though the firmware is up to date.
Summary: I returned this player for a few reasons. The blu-ray pictures was soft, can't fix even with adjustments. Sound was thin, something missing, even with TrueHD. Sub out was low, even after compensating with sub boost 10db. Also did not like the big remote with small buttons of mostly all same sizes. Does not have slow motion or frame by frame, I knew the lack of this feature before buying, but wanted to see if I could live without it, but I couldn't.
Excerpt: 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!
Summary: There are a couple of issues with the Sony BDPS550 I received. First, it was clearly a player bound for a mainland european market and not a UK market despite the shipping address clearly marked as UK. The plug socket is a two pin european variety and no UK power lead was present within the box. After making a UK power lead I was able to plug the player in.