Excerpt: The Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray Player was my first and only blu ray dvd player I have ever purchased. It gives me amazing high quality on my blu ray dvds and it is so efficient. It is easy to setup. I just plugged in my HDMI cord and tuned in to the set channel and I started receiving one of the best high definition pictures I had ever seen on my 42 inch bedroom tv.
Summary: When I bought this, it was the most recent one available. So it does what it's supposed to, it plays Blu Ray discs and DVDs and upscales them. It also lets you change the output video quality to 720p or 1080i or 1080p etcetera. This is very helpful as the TV I use can technically support 1080p, but its native resolution is 720p.
Purchased for multi-channel, maybe not the best option
ItsRossTime "Ross", Amazon
18 September 2009
Summary: So I'm sure everyone can look at how the picture quality stands up to other options, load times, ect. All seem just fine on this player (for a Blu-ray). I'll never be fooled into thinking that this player loads disks as fast as a normal DVD player, but that's a price we pay for the 1080p resolution. I made a point to purchase this over the 350 because of the analog multichannel outputs.
Excerpt: I know for some people this isn’t a huge deal but I like to be able to go back and re watch things if I didn’t quite understand what they said, or if I just want to go back and see that amazing action scene before moving on to the rest of the movie. The subwoofer on this also suffers from some limitation so if you like lots, and lots of bass then this may not be a good options for you. In less sony puts out some firmware update allowing you to get more out of it.
Summary: As others have noted, the set-up on this product is very easy. I was playing a Blueray disc in about 10 minutes after opening the box. The Blueray image is very good, however, not strickingly better than the upcoded image previously provided via my ONKYO receiver. The Blueray discs load and play smoothly without the long wait associated with some other players. Finally, the player arrived ahead of the forcast date, thus the five star delivery rating.
Summary: Other than the Microsoft-slow start-up sequence, and the funky "good bye" status, I have no complaints about this unit. We had a bit of a scare when our third BD rental wouldn't play, but it turned out to be a bad disk. Video is great, as is the audio, but the output volume levels are a bit on the low side. I expected a little bit more for the extra price of the higher-end unit. Overall, the performance is extermely good.
Summary: I've owned the S550 for almost a week now. I ordered it as a replacement for a Pioneer BDP-51FD that wouldn't play my one and only Blu-Ray disc. There are many reviews on this item already available with tons of information. So, instead of repeating what those reviews say, I'll just focus on the areas of interest for me: Firmware Update (PRO): ---------------------- I had an internet connection available for the S550.