Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Decided to pick this player up today at BB.
I had resolved to wait for the next round of BD players since I wasn't too impressed with the new offerings from other manufacturers. I've been using my launch PS3 for both BD and DVD, and while it's performance is solid, it's become rather loud during playback.
What got me interested in the 2550 was the HQV processing; I still watch a lot of DVDs, many of which feature animation and other video based material. I've tried a number of other HD players over the last year and most struggle with detecting and properly displaying video material. I had an Toshiba HD-A1 which performed well, but it was extremely slow and somewhat flaky in reading certain discs. I briefly tried a Toshiba HD-35, but it was poor with video and still slow.
Anyway, I've only had the 2550 for a couple of hours, but so far it's been performing well. I have a Pioneer PDP-5080 as my display and a Yamaha V1800 as my AVR. I have the 2550 set to output 1080p (with 24f mode on) and audiophile bitstream on.
Here are some observations so far:
-Loads DVDs quickly; about as fast as my PS3 and much faster than any other HD player I've used.
-BDs load slower that the PS3, but faster than the other HD players I've used. I tested several BDs and the loading seemed consistent except with Batman Begins, which was slower than the other.
-DVD quality is excellent and the 2550 handles video material well. I wouldn't expect HD quality, but performance is great with no noticeable artifacting.
-The 2550 has a fan (unlike Samsung's 1500) and it stays quiet during BD playback. The unit also remains cool to the touch after several hours of playback.
-Seek noises are kinda loud during the initial loading sequence, but remain quiet during playback.
-The Samsung logo is jaggy when the player powers up, but I didn't notice any jaggies during playback.
-The player menu is pretty straight forward, I was able to have everything setup quickly.
I realize that Samsung has a poor reputation with their BD players, but I figured that this player was worth a shot, I can always take it back if anything pops up. I will continue to look for any playback irregularities or disc compatibility issues, but for now things look good.