Summary: I bought this player to complete my new $8000 Sony/Denon/Definitive Technology/Harmony One dream system. It performs as reviewed by the most-helpful reviews on this site, although of course the analog audio issues are moot for HDMI 1.3 users like me. I am using it in 5.1 mode and have watched Dark Knight, Spiderman III, Transformers, and Hellboy II on it - as well as player-upscaled DVDs. My only negative conclusions are: 1.
Summary: Out of the box, the unit is surprisingly small. It's full-width, but only half the depth of every other component I have in my rack. This all but guarantees the new Blu-ray Disc player will sit proudly at the top of my six-and-a-half foot tower of electronics. It's a pretty unit with a slight bluish black complexion so I don't mind, really. After playing a few minutes from every Blu-ray Disc I bought, I threw in a few reference quality DVDs.
Summary: this is the player i've waiting for....about a year now. it was well worth it for me because i wanted to have the latest tech so i wouldn't have to buy another for a while, plus most of my friends already had players.
the sound and picture is perfect, start up time is not bad at all. one simple pleasure is this (and maybe other players) you can shut the player off in the middle of a movie and when i come back 3 days later, it starts right where i left off...
Summary: I have owned the Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player for about three weeks. It is my first Blu-ray player. With the right Blu-ray program material, the audio and video quality is as good as all the positive reviews here attest. The audio is the tricky part to set up, but I worked it out in about ten minutes.
Summary: Let me first start out by stating that I'm living in an analog world. I'm using component video and 7.1-channel RCA connectors for audio. This ability, combined with Profile 2.0, was the primary reason I waited for the Sony BDP-S550. Out of the box, the unit is surprisingly small. It's full-width, but only half the depth of every other component I have in my rack.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: Runs off same remote as my Sony TV which is a real plus. Excellent picture - really pin-sharp. A little slow - I timed 40 secs to load and start playing which seems an age when you're waiting. Highly recommended tho'.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: Excellent pictures from this player but slow start up and access times even with DVD's mean it drops a star.Features multi channel outputs,which are useful for owners of older AV amplifiers (sadly it's successor has ommited this feature).Not a lot else to say about this machine otherwise,it is a little plasticky and cheap feeling but it does what it's meant to with little fuss.