Sony continues to drive Blu-ray technology forward with the BDP-S550. This powerful player is one of the first to support BD-Live, which lets you enjoy a variety of interactive features with compatible discs. While these features vary from disc to disc, they typically range from behind-the-scenes videos to additional bonus content and online games you can download via your broadband Internet connection. And you can save downloaded content to the 'S550's memory, so you can access it whenever you want.

The 'S550 can play Blu-ray Discs in 1080p, the highest HD resolution available. Just hook this player up to your TV's HDMI input to enjoy exceptional high-res detail. The 'S550 can also output Blu-ray video at a film-faithful rate of 24 frames per second, for ultra-smooth, cinematic images with compatible HDTVs. You'll get top-notch audio, too, thanks to built-in decoding for all of the newest surround sound formats. This includes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio — two formats that accurately reproduce the movie studio's original master.

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Product Highlights:

  • plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video)
  • plays BD-ROM, and BD-R & BD-RE
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD+R & DVD+RW
  • plays high-def AVCHD files on home-burned DVDs
  • plays audio CD, and CD-R & CD-RW
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD
    (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • multichannnel PCM output via HDMI
  • bitstream audio output for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • BD-Java interactive capability
  • BD-Live (BD Profile 2.0) with 1GB local storage
  • HDMI digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • BRAVIA Sync™ for control of compatible Sony TVs and components via HDMI
  • x.v.Color™ support
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI)
  • stereo and 7.1-channel audio outputs
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • Ethernet port for possible future upgrades
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 10-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition Blu-ray content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV
  • plays "Region 1" DVDs and "Region A" Blu-ray Discs only

Blu-ray Disc players — the ultimate picture and sound

Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

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Sony BDP-S550

Written By Daniel, Corona, NY on Monday, March 30, 2009

I bought this player cheaper from the "scratched & dented" expecting nothing less than perfection from both Sony and Crutchfield and that's exactly what I got.


Written By Christopher, Penfield, NY on Saturday, March 28, 2009

I purchased this Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray player as a gift for a major movie collector, so it was necessary for the product to live up to the hype. Well, I'm pleased to report he is thrilled with it. Right out of the box, the small, neat size, ease of set-up and the picture and sound quality is unsurpassed. Leave it to Sony to set the standard for Blu-Ray. I would recommend the BDP-S550 to anyone in the market for their first Blu-Ray player or if you're thinking about upgrading. You won't find a better player.

Good product

Written By Gary, greensboro pa. on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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This is my first Blue-ray player. It runs great and the picture quality is fantastic.
I would recommend this to anyone. The best feature is the ability to upgrade the software from the internet.


a pleasure to own

Written By Howell, Plano, Texas on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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I waited while the blu0ray players matured and I decided to take the plunge with the BDP-550 because of it's ability to decode the newer audio formats and pass them via analog output to a non-HDMI receiver. I have been so impressed with the audio and video. The remote is nice, it lites up and I have to give this player 5 stars. It even worked great with an older TV at 1080i via component. Much nicer than the older Sony BDP-500. Howell

Great Product, Reasonable Price!

Written By Erick, Glendora, CA on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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This product is my 2nd Blu-Ray player and I was impressed by its capability, built, and user friendliness. The Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray Player is a great improvement from its 1st generation Blu-Ray Player counterparts. It is very stable and you can easily operate it straight out of the box. The User Manual and its setup graphical user interface is easy to follow. But what really set this product apart from other brands is its solid build, and it is made in Japan! The only reason that prevents me fron giving this product a 5 star is its disc loading time. Although, it is better from its previous predecessors, I wish Sony did more to improve it at par with its high-end Blu-Ray player.

Excellent Unit

Written By Henry, Barryville, NY on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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My first Blue-ray player and I love it. Easy setup. HDMI to a Sony KDL-52V4100 TV and optical audio out to a Kenwood receiver. Setup menue pretty straight forward. The remote is easy to use and the backlit keys are cool.

Great buy, thanks Crutchfield! You're a great company!

Sony BDP-S550

Written By Luis, Dudley, MA on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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I have owned this Blu-Ray player for about 3 months now, and I could not be happier with it. Very easy setup and extremely clear pictures, both in Blu-Ray and plain DVD. Cannot go wrong with it!

Sony BDP-S550

Written By E ROBERT, Akron Ohio on Monday, February 16, 2009

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Easy to set up and use.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By Andrew, TANNERSVILLE, PD on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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This is my first blue-ray and I have only used it for a couple of weeks and every see to be okay with it.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By James, Sacramento, CA on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Really an aweome Blue Ray Disk Player for the price. I connected mine to a Sony BRAVA XBR6 LCD using a HMDI cable (not provided) recommended by Crutchfield with exceptional results. DVD's look great. I connected my Sony BDP-S550 to my home WIFI using an ethernet cable (not provided) with an express base station (purchased separtately) using the Bridge configuration. In my opininon the instructions provided were a bit weak. Therefore, one might need some help depending on your level of confort with such issues. The player automatically detected the settings and I was able to immediately download the most current firmware package. One might be able to use a direct ethernet connection to your cable modem but I cannot vouch for this configuation. I am sure the player works just as great for those who don't need this option. I really recommend this Blue Ray player and from my point of view Sony has lived up to it's well deserved reputation.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By vincent, long branch n.j. on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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just purchased it and I'm very happy with it's picture quality as well as it's sound played through my home theather system. I would recommend this product.

Great Unit @ Competitive Price

Written By John, Madison, NJ on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Very easy, straight forward setup. I'm using the HDMI into the TV and the coaxial out into my Sony receiver. The remote is very straightforward, and I do like the backlit helps in a darkened room. I think I paid about 40% more for my first DVD player about 10 years ago! I'm also very happy with Crutchfield..great company!

EZ Setup

Written By Derek, Florida on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Great picture. Set up was pretty much plug in and press play.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By William, Clifton Park, NY on Sunday, February 08, 2009

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I have both a Sony CX985V DVD player, and the Sony S550 BluRay player connected to a Sony 52XBR6. The picture quality of standard DVD's played in the S550 is simply amazing compared to the CX985V. I now only use the 985 to store the discs not play them. The S550 is connected via optical cable to a Sony STR DB1070. Even though the receiver is only 6.1 the improvement in the audio was very noticeable.
I would highly recommend this player to any one.

First Blu-ray player

Written By Mike, Lake Charles, Louisiana on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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This player was an addition to a high definition television and home theater system. It was a snap to hook up using an HDMI cable and worked flawlessly. I left my old DVD/videotape player attached and I can do side-by-side video comparisons. The difference in the upgraded video signal is amazing. I had been warned about excessive load times but didn't find them to be a problem at all. There is a initial start up time of around 30 seconds so you have to wait that long after power-up before you can open and load a disc but that's really not a problem. The only snag I've encountered was in trying to play a home-burned DVD. The Blu-ray couldn't read the disc but my old DVD player could. Overall, the S-550 was an excellent decision and I'd do it a heartbeat!! The decision to purchase from Crutchfield is a no-brainer. I've been purchasing from them for the past 15 years and never been disappointed.

Great value from Sony

Written By pzac67, Winnemucca, NV on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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Sony has not dissapointed me with the 550, great picture and sound even without and external amplifier. But i would point out the slow response time it has when the Eject button is extremely slow. Other than tha . Im pleased.

Easy Setup and Excellent Picture

Written By Joseph, Easton, PA on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Very easy to setup and the picture is excellent as I highly recommend this Sony Blue-Ray Player. Cannot wait to purchase additional Blue-Ray Disc to take advantage of the player including the BD-Live features.

Sony-Blu Ray Player

Written By James, Florida on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Excellent player. Great for watching Blu-Ray movies. Easy to use with minimal setup. I would recommend this product.

A great upgrade from the BDP-S300

Written By Mick, West Chester, PA on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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I upgraded from the old BDP-S300 to this player for a couple of reasons. Primary was the start up and load speed. Secondarily was access to the enhanced audio codec's and lastly (and least) access to profile 2.0 features.

On the load time, there is NO comparison. If you have a BDP-s300 and want to upgrade simply for the better load time, this is worth it (though the the BDP-S350 will give you the same performance just without the 7.1 analog outputs, so if you don't need that save a couple dollars!).

Aside from that, everything appears to behave as advertised. I get my HD Master Audio and True HD audio, and it gets on line for the profile 2.0 stuff just fine. I haven't see any picture in picture stuff as yet, so I can't comment specifically on that.

Bottom line a solid player at a good price. As always, Crutchfield service is impeccable.

Smokin' BD Player!

Written By Steve, Tampa, FL on Monday, January 19, 2009

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This was my first Blu-Ray player. I have a 1 1/2 year-old HK receiver that has HDMI inputs, but won't process the audio through them. So as I was reluctantly researching a new receiver, Clarence, my friendly Crutchfield adviser, told me that if my receiver was otherwise fine, then I should just buy a Blu-Ray player that had the surround processing on board.

So I got the Sony BDPS550, and this thing ROCKS! The picture is flawless, and the surround processing sounds every bit as good as my receiver's processor. I have a 65" Mitsubishi DLP and Klipsch F3/C3/S3/SW10 speakers. So I see no reason to ever pay $9.50 per person to experience mediocre sound and picture at the local cineplex, while constantly being annoyed by some teenybopper sending text messages in front of me. Movies at my house are WAY more enjoyable now.

But the real value of this player is this... I have Verizon FiOS TV, and the FiOS HD picture is fantastic. I assumed that when I got a Blu-Ray Player, I'd have to start buying some of my favorite movies again. Not True! The Sony S550 upconverts my SD discs so well, they are simply indistinguishable from FiOS HD picture quality, and they have NEVER sounded better. I absolutely love this player.

great but does it really decode all

Written By David, Jersey on Monday, January 12, 2009

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Love this unit. Replaced a terrible s 300 unit. Could not take all the slowness and issues with playing discs anymore.

Here's my question, I can see that it decodes True HD (I am running 7.1 analog, no HDMI on receiver) but when i play discs like the new rush blu ray or Sting bring on the night (both are DTS master sound tracks) the display just says DTS. I compared both dts optical and then DTS analog and they sound about the same. With True HD there is a hugh diffrence when I compare.

Are we looking at a firm ware update?

Outstanding System

Written By Scott, Sacramento,CA on Thursday, January 08, 2009

I waited a few hours to set this up because I wanted to make sure I would have the time to figure every thing out like most projects I take on. I was watching my first Upscaled DVD in 5 minutes from start to finish. The picture was unreal, I highly recommend this Sony. It is the only Blue Ray movie I have seen other than at Blockbuster and had I known it would look so good I would have bought this a long time ago. I am using a 73" Mitsubishi Diamond 120mh and the whole screen is filled with unbelievably beautiful picture.Easy set up excellent picture and sound, can't wait to see my first Blue Ray Disc movie.

Worth every penney.


Written By JRS, Louisville, KY on Thursday, January 08, 2009

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I have a Sony KE42-TS2 Plasma 42 inch TV set/monitor I purchased in 2003 which has a dvi-d input (3) - I have attached this Blu Ray Device using a special cable Arista 58-7726 HDMI to DVI Cable, 6 foot - works great - thanks Crutchfield - jrs

Excellent Player!

Written By Peter, Valencia CA on Thursday, January 08, 2009

Just hooked it up tonight. First impressions: solid construction, has some good weight to it, does not feel cheap at all.

This player ROCKS! This has a very fast load time compared to reviews of first generation models. I have an HDMI connection to my Samsung HLT5689S, which I discovered is 24p compatible! So I am displaying a 1080/24p picture and it is phenomenal! I am using the multi-channel analog outputs to send a 5.1 signal to my STR-DA555ES Receiver. The Blu-Ray is decoding the Dolby TrueHD uncompressed audio and sending it to the receiver. The player features 7.1 outputs, but you can turn off the Surround Rear speakers if you only have the standard Surrounds in a 5.1 setup (Most movies are 5.1 anyway). This is one of the best features of the S550 because you don't need to replace your receiver to enjoy the HD Audio. My initial set of Blu-Ray discs include Cars, Pirates Trilogy, and the Dark Knight. Wow. All these movies look incredible in HD. Haven't tested a DVD yet, but I am sure it will do an amazing job. Need to look for an Ethernet-to-Wireless adapter so I can connect to the Internet for BD Live content.

But this is an amazing player if you are ready to go Blu-Ray!

Excellent Product

Written By Mike, Minooka, IL on Monday, January 05, 2009

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Received the S550 for Christmas and have it connected via HDMI to a 46" Sony LCD and via multi-channel audio to an older Sony ES receiver. After tweaking the settings for 1080/24p and lossless audio, I cannot say enough wonderful things for the player. BD picture quality is unbelievable, and I didn't think my very old Sony HTIB speakers could sound as good as they do! Upconverted DVD looks just as good as the Sony upcoverting 1080i player that has now been replaced, but I can't see myself watching too many DVDs anymore. Blu-ray is simply that much better!

Sony BDP-S550

Written By Ron, Gaithersburg, MD on Monday, January 05, 2009

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This is a solid player with very good picture and sound. Though my first unit was defective (the test tone in the 7.1 channel set-up was not working right), Crutchfield cheerfully exchanged it. The picture is very good. I see no flaws. Colors are deep and true. No visible distortions. Detail is very good. Sound is excellent. The subwoofer channel really pumps out the deep bass. Blue Ray disks have a load time of about 25 to 40 seconds, depending on the disk. DVDs are faster. Set up was fairly easy, though the menu and manual were a little confusing. There is no slow motion.

For speaker set-up, I initially set my left and right front speakers to large with no subwoofer. With my old Sony DVD player, this worked well, giving house-shaking bass. When I set up the S550 the same way, the result was really no deep bass at all. So, I converted these speakers for use as a subwoofer, and now get house-shaking bass. All this to say that you will need a good subwoofer with this player.

I noticed when playing Blue Ray or DVD disks with mono only sound, a rapid "ticking" was constantly heard through the center speaker. I called Sony support, and they said to change the L-R speaker setting to large, even though they were small. That cleared up the problem!

Fast load and great picture quality

Written By Rich, New York, NY on Monday, December 01, 2008

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Bought this after returning the BDP-IS1000 because the wireless rear surround was unacceptable. The reviews mentioned fast load times but did not expect only 5-6secs to power & eject and another 5 to read to play which is very quick. The BDP-IS1000 had a total load time of 51secs from power, eject and play. Picture quality is just as good as the PS3 but the MotionFlow will need to be disabled as my Sony W4100 display was quarky.

Parring this unit with the Sony HT-IS100 wired surround instead. The S-Air uses 2.4GHz which is outdated.

Very Pleased

Written By Robert, Seattle, WA on Sunday, November 30, 2008

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I have owned the Sony BDP-S550 for about 3 weeks now. Now that I have it set up properly, it is working perfectly. I am using it with my new Onkyo TX-SR606S receiver and the two work great together. I am using the HDMI cable to connect the blu-ray player with the receiver for video and sound. Unfortunately the blu-ray manual is confusing, and Sony tech support wasn't very helpful, but after browsing the various forums on the web, I found that I had to set the BD Audio setting to Direct in order to correctly pass TrueHD to my receiver. With this setting on mix, the blu-ray player decoded the TrueHD internally, and passed the audio to the Receiver as Multi-channel PCM over the HDMI cable. While it seemed to be okay, it wasn't great. When I did change this setting to Direct, the signal was sent directly to my receiver, which displayed that it was a TrueHD signal, and the difference in sound quality was night and day better to my ears. The startup time seems a bit faster as compared to older Blu-ray players, but I have not done a side by side test to verify this observation. Overall, I have had no unresolved issues, and I am very pleased!

Buy it!

Written By Kenn, Salisbury MA on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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Its a great unit! I also have the PS3 but the 550 decodes all sound sources. Its on sale for now so snag it quick!

Seriously consider the PS3 before buying your S550

Written By Andy, New Jersey on Monday, November 17, 2008

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The S550 is an excellent product indeed. I have lived with it for more than a week before deciding to exchange it for the PS3 bundle. I discovered after purchasing the S550 that Crutchfield also offered the PS3 bundle. In my opinion, the PS3 is a better value because it does everything that the S550 does plus more --- Wi-Fi connection, internet access, plus video games of course. Even though the PS3 bundle costs a little more than the S550 due to the extra cost in the additional game command, the wireless remote control and the HDMI cable that the bundle includes, one does get a high quality (lifetime-guaranteed) Monster HDMI 24K gold-plated cable. My recommendation is that you should seriously consider the PS3 first before deciding on the S550 so that you do not repeat what I did - exchanging the S550 for the PS3. I am glad that I purchased mine from Crutchfield and I could reverse my mistake. And again, the S550 is indeed an excellent product if you do not really care for video games and internet browsing using your HDTV.

Sony BDP S550

Written By George, Annville, PA on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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Our first Crutchfield Sony Blu-Ray DVD player was a BDP S350 for our Sony XBR6 32" TV in our living room. That picture was SO great, that for MY set, I opted for a "Bigger and Better" Blu-Ray player! This player works wonders on any Blu-Ray discs--period. I'm sure that there are more costly players out there, but for the actual money, NOTHING will beat this component. Unfortunately, my Samsung DLP HDTV is unable to take advantage of the out-of-the-world specs of the S550--I don't have 120 Hz refresh or 24 frame capability--which the S550 will AUTOMATICALLY switch to! Add Crutchfield's superb service and technical help, and this selection becomes a total "no-brainer!" Treat yourself to a component that will easily outperform ANY HDTV made right now!

Awesome picture!

Written By corvairkid64, Northern New Jersey on Sunday, November 09, 2008

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I decided to wait until the dust settled from the format war. I am glad that I did!
The BDP-S550 works great! Start-up time is better than a lot of other models and the picture is awesome! I watched No Country For Old Men on DVD and then again on BluRay. What a difference! Buy it!!

A Nice Product

Written By boulderskies, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Bottom line, this is a nice product. Load up time is fast, image and sound are exceptional.

My only issue with it is the setting for internal decoding for DTS HD Master Audio and Dobly TruHD is COMPLETELY unintuitive. But this is a small item in an otherwise good product...

In short, Just Buy It.


Just what I waited for

Written By John, Shelton CT on Sunday, November 02, 2008

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I waited for a Profile 2.0 player and wanted to keep my older 7.1 Denon receiver. The analog output with the onboard decoding fit my needs perfectly. The picture at full 1080p/24 of pollen on a grass seed from the BBC Planet Earth series on my Sony 55A3000 looked so real it made me sneeze . The surround effect from discs offering either HD audio format, decoded on the S550, through my existing 5.1 setup seems more precise and realistic. Love it. It was supposed to be $500 so I was almost happy to shell at $400.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By James, Boaz,Al. on Thursday, October 30, 2008

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I waited six months for Sony to get this player to market,It was well worth it!The price dropped $100.00 dollars from what it was going to be,what a bargain.Works great with my Sony 60" Bravia tv and my Sony A/V receiver,all purchased from Crutchfield.Sony fixed the complaints of previous models,the only improvement they didn't make was to add a USB port for wireless internet.Also works great with my Harmony remote! Great product with a great price tag.I highly recommend to anyone looking to upgrade to blu-ray! A 1gb microvault tiny flash card is included with the player,a welcome addition, since the BDP-S350 didn't come with one.That alone is over a $100.00 dollar savings. Wonderfull player from a great company. Cruthfield's the only place I buy my electronics,they have super fast shipping,lifetime support,very friendly employees and save you money.

BD Live 2.0

Written By lito, Sicklerville NJ on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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I received a Crutchfield Catalog in the mail at the beginning of Sept 08 where I saw the Sony BDP-S550 on sale for $399.99, but the sale did not start until Sept 28. I waited even though it was a pre order. I finally received it Oct 14. Being a PS3 owner I have some experience with Blu-ray The BDP-S550 interface is similar to the PS3 XMB (Cross Media Bar) So it was easy for me to navigate through. I waited for this player because it had BD Live 2.0 which promised a better experience using Blu-ray & it was a good price ....I used BD Live while watching The Incredible Hulk on Blu-ray
after all said & done BD Live is OK ...for know I guess ...The picture quality was on par with my PS3 so I did not see any significant improvement there... I will try to update my experience as time goes by

Sony BDP-S550

Written By Derek, Atlanta on Friday, October 17, 2008

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Excellent product. Beautiful picture. Fast loading and startup. Remote is easy to use. Integrates well with my 52XBR4. The detail in the movie "Ironman" is incredible. Super fast shipping from Crutchfield. Highly recommend.

My first BluRay

Written By Bill, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, October 16, 2008

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The price of BluRay players has kept me out of the market until now, but I finally made the plunge. The reasons I chose this particular unit were the LAN port and, most importantly, the analog 7.1 audio outputs. I have an older Onkyo receiver which does not have any decoding for "high definition" audio formats, but is eguipped with 7.1 analog inputs. I have now viewed 2 BluRay discs (Ironman & Stargate), and using Dolby TrueHD, the audio quality was excellent. My TV is a 52 inch 4-year-old rear projection, so I was limited to 1080i or 720p; using the 1080i mode, the difference in the picture quality of BluRay was very evident. As for load time, this model loads in about 30 seconds, slower than DVD, but tolerable for the improvement over DVD. As for DVD upscaling, on my set the upscaled picture did appear somewhat sharper than 480P DVD, but obviously not up to the standard of the BluRay discs (not a negative, just an observation). So far I am impressed with this unit, although if you don't need analog multichannel out, you might be just as well off with a lower-priced model. By the way, setup was pretty straightforward and simple. So far, so good. I would recommend this model to anyone who needs onboard decoding and analog 7.1 output.

Gorgeous picture. Crystal clear audio.

Written By Dave, Merrimack, NH on Thursday, October 16, 2008

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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. 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.

The initial setup was a breeze. I like the matrix-like setup menus. The only tweaks I had to make were to set the Audio Output Priority to multi-channel analog and [eventually] to set the BD Audio Setting to "Direct". This last item was critically important and almost made me return the unit. By allowing menu-based sound effects to be mixed into the BD audio, it introduced a ~150ms audio delay in watching Blu-ray Discs. I was horrified until, on a SWAG, I changed this setting. Phew!

Wrapping up, the video on my 1080i RPTV is pristine; the best I've ever seen. The player-decoded 7.1-channel audio is also crystal clear. I didn't expect to hear an improvement over DTS-ES or THX-EX, but it's amazingly obvious. This player *does* suffer from the -10dB subwoofer output limitation, which is very irritating (and the cause of only 4 stars), but I'm hoping a firmware upgrade will fix this in the future.

New Sony BDP-S550

Written By Donald, Ohio on Thursday, October 16, 2008

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Just a quick review,The picture is Very Good on Blue Ray
and the main reason for purchase is that all HD audio formats
are output at the 7.1 analog outs yes HD Master Audio (ALL)
Audio. So you can hook up to an older reciever with analog inputs
and you have it all with audio that is.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By JohnnyD, PA on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Great sound ! Yes it decodes 7.1 DTS-HD MA through the analog multichannel inputs on my Yamaha receiver. Great picture.

Sony BDP-S550

Written By Richard, Rockaway, NJ on Thursday, October 09, 2008

I got this player yesterday. It is pretty easy to use but I find the older models easier. I tried some regular DVDs. I started with Stark Trek Deep Space Nine. The episode that I choose looked horrible in the beginning. There was a scene where they were flying fast the station and it almost looked like it was skipping however it was not. I tried Pirates 3 and that looked better but I don't think it looked great. So, the upscaling is so so- I have a few Blu-Ray discs on order. When they come in, I'll post about how they look. I can't comment on sound because I only have 2 speakers hooked up and can't give the real scoop on the surround. Overall, the player is pretty quick but not as fast as my older player but not much slower at all. Maybe a couple of seconds.

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  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • RMT-B103A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 1GB MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive
  • 4' Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Limited Warranty
  • Online Product Registration

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable
Internet Movie Streaming ---
DLNA Certified ---
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs Stereo + 7.1 ch
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None

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Input and Output Notes


Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much greater storage capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S550 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. Multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Mater Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and used lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Mater Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.

Audio Output: The audio output differs as follows, depending on the source, output jack and the selected settings.

Disc/Source + Jacks/Settings Digital Analog
HDMI Out Jack Digital Out (Optical/Coaxial) Jacks Multi-Channel Output Jacks Stereo Output Jacks
Auto 2ch PCM Bitstream PCM
BD LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
Dolby TrueHD Dolby TrueHD LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DTS DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD High Resolution Audio LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DTS-HD Master Audio DTS-HD Master Audio LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DVD LPCM LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
DTS DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
CD LPCM LPCM LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
DTS 5.1 Music CD DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch

x.v.Color: The BDP-S550 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

24p True Cinema: Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second the BDP-S550 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

1080p Output: Through the HDMI output, BDP-S550 has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates.

Precision Cinema HD Upscaling: Precision Cinema HD Upscale circuitry uses high bandwidth digital-to-analog conversion and processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. Additionally, separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharper backgrounds with moving objects that are nearly free from motion artifacts. The BDP-S550 Blu-ray disc player is capable of upscaling your standard 480i DVD disc to 1080p via HDMI.

HDMI Control ('Bravia' Theatre Sync): Sony components compatible with the HDMI Control function can be controlled via the HDMI connection. This includes convenient features like One-Touch Play and System Power-Off.

Disc Compatibility: The BDP-S550 is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL)
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once CD-DA (music CD format only)
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD CD-DA (music CD format only)

Precision Drive System: Precision Drive system for BD allows you to play back some Blu-ray Disc media or DVDs that may have been damaged or warped with minimal degradation of picture quality.

Future Compatibility: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet.

Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S550 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J): The BD-ROM format supports Java for interactive functions. BD-J offers content providers almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles. Note: In order to enjoy these interactive features, you may need to update your player with the latest firmware.

AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The  format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto the following discs BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as rotated 90-degrees left or right.

Movie Files: The BDP-S550 can play MPEG2 movie files recorded on DVD-R/RW discs (Video and VR mode) and  DVD+R/RW discs (VR mode only). Movie title information is displayed on screen. You can search for a title directly using the on screen keyboard or sort titles alphabetically or by date.

Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once, the disc tray is opened, the player is turned off, or any of the settings on the player are changed.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The BDP-S550 features an Ethernet port to connect to your home network and features a USB type-A port, as well as comes with a 1GB MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive to download these bonus features.

Bonus View: Bonus View feature provides "picture-in-picture" capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles.

Video Settings: The Sony BDP-S550 features the following video settings.

  • TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
  • Screen Format: You can select the display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9 wide screen television. You can select from the following.
    • Original: select this when connect to a TV with a wide mode function; displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect ratio even on a wide-screen TV
    • Fixed Aspect Ratio: changes the picture size to fit the screen size with the original picture aspect ratio
  • DVD Aspect Ratio: You can select the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV. You can select from Letter Box or Pan & Scan.

Picture Settings: The BDP-S550 offers the following picture adjustments.

  • Picture Quality: You can choose from three picture quality settings.
    • Brighter Room: use when the room is brighter than normal
    • Theater Room: use when the room is dark
    • Standard: use in a typical room
    • Memory: allows you to manually adjust contrast, brightness, chroma, hue, sharpness, and gamma
  • Noise Reduction: This function reduces the noise in the picture.
  • FNR: This feature can be activated to reduce random noise appearing in the picture.
  • BNR: This function can be activated to reduce the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
  • MNR: This feature can be activated to reduce minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito noise).

Audio Settings: The BDP-S550 allows you to adjust the following audio settings.

  • AV SYNC: This feature adjusts the gap between picture and sound by delaying the sound output in relation to the picture output from 0 to 120 milliseconds.
  • Audio Filter: You can select between two audio filters for analog audio signals.
    • Sharp: provides a wide frequency range and spatial feeling
    • Slow: provides smooth and warm sound
  • Audio DRC: The player offers four dynamic range compression levels - Auto, Standard, TV Mode, and Wide Range.

Speaker Settings: The BDP-S550 offers the following speaker settings when you have connected the Blu-ray player to your receiver via the unit's multi-channel analog outputs.

  • Speaker Size: Front (large or small), Center (large, small, or none), Surround (large, small, or none), Surround Back (large, small, none) Subwoofer (yes, no)
  • Speaker Distance: The distance of each speaker and the subwoofer can be adjusted from 0 to 50 feet to match the physical distance of the speakers and subwoofer from the listening position.
  • Level: Each speaker's and subwoofer's level can be adjusted from -12 to 0 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S550 offers three Parental Control settings protected by a custom user 4-digit password.

  • BD Parental Control: Playback of some BD-ROMs can be limited according to the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.
  • DVD Parental Control: Playback of some DVD Videos can be limited according to the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.
  • Parental Control Region Code: Playback of some BD-ROMs or DVD Videos can be limited according to the geographic area. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.

Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time from standby mode. You can operate the player quickly after turning it on.

Dimmer: You can adjust the lighting of the unit's front panel display from Bright, Dark or Off.

Cooling Fan: A fan on the back of the BDP-S550 keeps the unit cool.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on multiple brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, channel up/down, and mute.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP-S550's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television. The video format can be set to component or RGB.

Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. If the HDMI output is set to 1080p, the component video output is fixed at 480i. When a DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.

Composite Video and S-Video: The composite and S-video outputs are always live and fixed at 480i. They can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical and coaxial outputs. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo RCA outputs plus 7.1 channel outputs for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

USB Extension Port: The BDP-S550 features a rear panel USB Type-A port which allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on certain Blue-ray Disc titles. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content and other data which can be downloaded to an inserted USB Flash Drive (sold separately).

Note: The BDP-S550 includes a 1GB Sony MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive and does not guarantee compatibility with all other manufacture's USB flash drives.

LAN (100) Port: You can connect the player's LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source using a network cable (Ethernet cable sold separately) to update the unit's software using the network. Visit for information about firmware updates.

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