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
|HDMI Out Jack
||Multi-Channel Output Jacks
||Stereo Output Jacks
|Dolby Digital Plus
||Dolby Digital Plus
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
||DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
|DTS-HD Master Audio
||DTS-HD Master Audio
|DTS 5.1 Music CD
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.
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
The BDP-S550 is compatible with many disc types:
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
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
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.
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 (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.
The BDP-S550 offers the following picture adjustments.
- Picture Quality: You can choose from three picture quality
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied
remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on
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
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
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).
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
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