Sorry to bump the old S550 thread but it's amazing how cheap some BD players have become, used. I picked up an S550 today off kijiji for $10, not kidding $10! The guy that sold it to me said he himself bought it for cheap off someone else a couple years ago and that the seller said only the HDMI out worked and none of the analog outs. He never tested it so was just selling it "as-is" like that. Had a PS3 and PS4 now so no need for it any more.
For video, we all know no one in their right mind would try to use the analog outs today (and new players after 2012 or whenever the sunset was don't even have them period) so no biggie if ti wasn't working. But
out of curiosity, I tried them just for giggles. Well analog audio was working right as I plugged it in. Video? Heh, it was as simple as just plugging into HDMI and then enabling it for analog output--all the outputs work perfectly fine! Obviously went back to HDMI though
Now I'm just updating it--for some reason it was on 024 f/w still? Crazy. I haven't really played it for longer than a half hour yet but will be testing it for a few hours later, just to see if it holds up.
I already own an S550 from before so I'm quite familiar with "how slow" it is, but $10 for a BD player with full audio decoding and multi-ch analog outs? Amazing
It was a bit dusty and scratched up so I dismantled the thing, and washed the exterior panels. Got to the BD drive--a bit of a pain--and cleaned the lens but it was actually looking fine anyway (this unit does a really good job at keeping dust out of the pickup assembly). Polished it up all nice and shiny with some Meg's products and it looks about 95% as good as my other S550 now.
I also recently picked up a much newer S6200 for $40 off Kijiji as well--I can't say that was a bad deal either. I think the S550 weighs what three S6200 weigh though lol. If anyone needs a mainstream standalone player, old or new, I suggest you hit up kijiji--they can be had dirt cheap!