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The Official Sony BDP-S550 Owner's Thread

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I think we all got our monies worth. If mine died today I would not feel betrayed.

Yeah l got a good 7 years out of mine. The unit itself is in great condition. I'll probably throw it on eBay real cheap. Maybe somebody else can fix it and get a few more years out of it.


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Mine just started generating Unknown Disc errors, both on new BD's as well as old media which previously didn't have that problem. Has anyone actually resolved this problem using something like that Maxell BD cleaner, or would it require the alcohol & Q-tips? On a tangent, I still have the Nakamichi solution and foam Q-tips which came new with my Dragon... perhaps I'm a hoarder.

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I have the same problem with my s550. I took it apart but was unable to access the laser assembly because it is sealed. None of my cleaning discs worked as well.
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I have the same problem with my s550. I took it apart but was unable to access the laser assembly because it is sealed. None of my cleaning discs worked as well.
Mine had the same problems about 3 months ago.....replaced it with the Yamaha BD-S677 not a bad player for just spinning Bluray
Sound quality is really good and it throws out a nice image,,,


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I picked up one of these for a song last week just to have a play with the blu ray format as the media is getting cheap enough for me to consider these days - I am the antithesis of the early adopter (aka tightfist)

A few little teething problems setting up over analogue to my pre-HDMI receiver, mostly caused by father time doing his thing to rca jacks.

Handy little device - upscales my SD DVD collection very nicely, much better than my upscaling universal player.

I grabbed "The Croods" to try out the actual Blu-ray format - never hurts to pitch a new A/V adventure as something for the kids before loading up on the sci-fi and action blockbusters

Hmm...maybe should have looked into this a little earlier! The lossless audio is a big step up - Clarity (especially dialogue) and spaciousness of the sound is much improved - I found we can have the master volume higher and I have been able trim a few dB out of the sub channel trim. I certainly haven't experienced any loss or weak bass that was a concern in the early days of this thread - looking at my resultant trims compared to my digital input trims I guess my AVR dumps +10dB onto the analogue input automatically.

Picture is a nice step up. My screen is too small for the distance to properly appreciate things - more a 720p viewing distance - but it's clear the Blu ray is a better picture than DVD despite the nice upscaling. Might be able to justify a larger screen when the kids are a bit older and more trustworthy!

Have the loading times on the latest players improved much in comparison? That is probably the biggest gripe from the wife compared to playing a DVD.
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I picked up one of these for a song last week just to have a play with the blu ray format as the media is getting cheap enough for me to consider these days - I am the antithesis of the early adopter (aka tightfist)

A few little teething problems setting up over analogue to my pre-HDMI receiver, mostly caused by father time doing his thing to rca jacks.

Handy little device - upscales my SD DVD collection very nicely, much better than my upscaling universal player.

I grabbed "The Croods" to try out the actual Blu-ray format - never hurts to pitch a new A/V adventure as something for the kids before loading up on the sci-fi and action blockbusters

Hmm...maybe should have looked into this a little earlier! The lossless audio is a big step up - Clarity (especially dialogue) and spaciousness of the sound is much improved - I found we can have the master volume higher and I have been able trim a few dB out of the sub channel trim. I certainly haven't experienced any loss or weak bass that was a concern in the early days of this thread - looking at my resultant trims compared to my digital input trims I guess my AVR dumps +10dB onto the analogue input automatically.

Picture is a nice step up. My screen is too small for the distance to properly appreciate things - more a 720p viewing distance - but it's clear the Blu ray is a better picture than DVD despite the nice upscaling. Might be able to justify a larger screen when the kids are a bit older and more trustworthy!

Have the loading times on the latest players improved much in comparison? That is probably the biggest gripe from the wife compared to playing a DVD.

My S7200 is lightning fast compared to my old S550.. Terminator 2 judgement day was obnoxiously slow to load on my S550, but I blame the disc more for that. To much crap to go through before its gets to the movie. The S7200 just speeds through the crap much quicker.


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Interesting that this thread showed up. I've had mine since they first came out. Still going strong. What a quality player! Has not had a firmware update available in a few years but still plays the latest discs. I'll probable replace it when the 4K players become available.
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Replacement?

This has been such a great player. Has anyone thought of a suitable replacement? I don't like what I'm reading at the Sony 6500 owners thread.
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This has been such a great player. Has anyone thought of a suitable replacement? I don't like what I'm reading at the Sony 6500 owners thread.
I bought a Oppo 93 awhile back but I keep the 550 in my bedroom. Still works great.
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Thanks for the fast reply!

I considered Oppo. However, I'm not plunking down Oppo money with 4K on the horizon. Oppo support did say they would have a 4K player by end of 2016. Perhaps I'll check for a used Oppo.
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Thanks for the fast reply!

I considered Oppo. However, I'm not plunking down Oppo money with 4K on the horizon. Oppo support did say they would have a 4K player by end of 2016. Perhaps I'll check for a used Oppo.
Be careful with used Oppo's . . some of the models do not like playing Dolby TrueHD/Atmos titles if the disc also has complex seamless branching being used on it & you expect to bitstream the native lossless audio track to your receiver. I believe the issue is with 8x & 9x players.

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Thanks. Guess I'll get something else to bridge the gap in the interim. Samsung 6500?
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Actually, I don't like what I've read about that one either.

I guess I'll reward Sony since I've enjoyed the S550 for so many years and trust them and purchase a bdp s6500.
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I have a s550 blu ray player hooked to Denon x3200W via HDMI.. denon is set to AUTO.. what are the settings for BDP-s550 to give me lossless audio??
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I have a s550 blu ray player hooked to Denon x3200W via HDMI.. denon is set to AUTO.. what are the settings for BDP-s550 to give me lossless audio??
see your manual beginning on pg. 46
if you don't have one, find it here:
https://docs.sony.com/release/BDPS550_US.pdf

correct settings are:
audio output priority = hdmi
audio (hdmi) = auto
bd audio = direct


the bd audio setting seems to be the one folks often have set wrong which prevents lossless audio from bitstreaming.

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I had a s550 for from 2009 to 2012 until i upgraded panel and player. I absolutely loved the build quality of the Sony as well as the looks. Pic quality was nice on bluray, dvd was ok. Speed was as you'd expect a bit slow by todays standards.

I'm taking this out of storage and putting it in my gameroom setup. LOL , i look forward to tinkering with my old friend.

My current setup is my 2012 lineup of the Samsung 3D led/lcd UN60ES8000 and the Samsung bd-e6500 bluray player BUT, due to disc load errors recently i just bought the Samsung BD-J7500. I'm hoping its a simple plug and play with regard to my HarmonyOne. If I dont have to reprogram the Harmony for a different Samsung bluray player that would be cool.

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Seven years later and this Sony BDP S550 is now my cottage player.... Working perfectly, the video/audio quality is still as stunning as ever.
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I hope a few are still following this thread! Although I have a 4K player and use that for new movies, I still like my trusty Sony for all blurays as it has analog outs and I have not upgraded my receiver. So with the Sony I can get 7.1 at the highest level the sony can decode.

It has worked fine however I ran into a snag with Star trek beyond. It played the disc and video fine, and I had audio but no surround!
So I checked the disc menu and it had dolby atmos and then dolby digital....but dolby digital only in foreign languages!

So I gave up and played the disc on my new player. Of course great video but I just get optical out 5.1 on my 4k player but at least I had surround.

Does this mean that if I play a Dolby atmos disc on my Sony I will just get downmixed stereo? Doesn't seem right but there was no doubt I was not getting surround. I guess I could have gotten dolby digital in a foreign language!


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I don't have an answer for you even though mine still functions as a backup player in my bedroom (no surround). I can tell you that my main player, Oppo 93, chokes on some of the Atmos disks. The intent was for the player to ignore the extra info but the older units choke & drop down to the safest feed.

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Hello all, I've owned this player for years but just got my first HDMI capable AVR this week. I have all settings correct as shown a few posts above to bitstream the audio tracks. Dolby True HD streams thru but DTS-MA tracks come through as PCM. AVR is 2016 model Yamaha, any idea what is going on?
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Bitstreaming Lossless audio with Sony BDP-S550

I'll throw a few ideas out from the manual.
I assume you have the player connected to your receiver via hdmi only & the model supports decoding dts hd mastere.

suggested settings foillow:
audio output priority = hdmi
audio (hdmi) = auto
bd audio = direct
audio att = off
dolby digital = dolby digital
dts = dts
48khz/96khz = 96khz
audio drc = wide range
downmix = dolby surround

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I have all settings as above. I'm not too concerned about this since there should be no difference between PCM and DTS-MA bitstream. I have to use my PS4 sometimes anyway since the S550 doesn't support 3D. Had this player many years and this is the first "issue" it's ever given me. I will try a cable swap just to see.
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I have all settings as above. I'm not too concerned about this since there should be no difference between PCM and DTS-MA bitstream. I have to use my PS4 sometimes anyway since the S550 doesn't support 3D. Had this player many years and this is the first "issue" it's ever given me. I will try a cable swap just to see.
Since Dolby TrueHD streams ok, I cannot imagine what HDMI cable problem would impact only DTS HDMA.
Are both your receiver & player running the most current firmware?

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Does this mean that if I play a Dolby atmos disc on my Sony I will just get downmixed stereo?
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It really depends on how the blu-ray is authored/mastered.

Due to disc space, and budget constraints I'm sure that some available options are being trimmed from newer releases. And more than likely, you will be seeing more of these issues.

When was the last firmware update that Sony released for this very capable player? December 2012? The advanced audio formats available today probably weren't even mentioned back then.
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