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.
Summary: I purchased this blu-ray player for $330.00. I have had it for just over a year and used it very lightly. After about the 20th disk played, movies started freezing up during playback. About 5 disks later, it won't read anything at all. Digital readout is "no disk".
Summary: System worked fine for 10 months. Then it stopped recognizing blu-ray discs, even discs from our collection that it had played on numerous occasions before. SONY support says it isn't an uncommon problem and it needs to be sent to Texas for repair.
Summary: I paid the extra $100 over the BDP-S350 because the specs on these reviews said that the BDP-S550 decodes DTS-HD Master Audio internally. I don't believe this player actually decodes DTS-HD Master Audio. Try it for yourself.
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.
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.
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.