The system and the room is looking better than ever.
I especially like the left angle image showing the panel covering the fireplace.
An ingenious idea indeed.
I do have a question for you regarding your Sony BDP-S550 bluray player.
How has it performed for you? The reason I ask is because I'm purchasing a new bluray player this Friday. I've narrowed it down to 3 players: Sony BDP-S550 $314.00; Pioneer BDP-51FD $269.99 and the Samsung BD-P2550 $268.00.
All NIB. All discontinued. All very good to great performers for the money!
Here's my take on all three:
-From what I've read, one of the most reliable players available.
-High quality 7.1 audio performance
-Decodes "ALL" hi-rez audio formats and can send via PCM or Bitstream
-Good up-scaling performance for standard DVD's.
-Bonus View (PIP)
-1GB flash drive and AVCHD compatibility.
Cons (subjective obviously):
-Blue front panel (like it or hate it)
-Still some playback issues with selected newer movies (common with all bluray players).
-Excellent Wolfson audio DAC's, audiophile-like audio performance
-Bonus View (PIP)
-Excellent up-scaling performance for std DVD's.
-Substantial form factor (12lbs)/tall profile (subjective).
-With new firmware update, can now decode DTS-HD/MA.
-7.1 audio is top notch.
-Very slow loading times
-multiple firmware updates for bluray movie playback.
-long intervals when changing layers on some standard dvd's.
-Even with firmware updates, some owners still having issues.
-Questionable Pioneer customer service.
-HQV processor offers best performance when upscaling std DVD's
-Netflix and Pandora capable
-Decent load times
-7.1 analog audio capable
-My TV is a Samsung!
-some have reported recent firmware updates has caused issues
-Average 7.1 audio performance
-7.1 audio is only for Dolby True HD
-Still does not decode DTS-HD/MA can only bitstream (WTF!?!)
-Often reported Samsung substandard customer service.
Croseiv, bottom line is all of them are decent products, especially for the money. I know you adore your S550, but I have to ask, have you eperienced any playback issues like lip-sync or freeze ups on any movies and if so, did it require a firmware update(s)?
Thanks for reading the mini-novel. I ask you because I value your perspective on AV gear and we've been acquainted on the different forums for nearly 3 years!
Anyone that can tolerate me for that long is alright with me!
BTW, anyone else reading this post, your opinions are also welcomed. Please chime in or better yet post your response in my thread, "My Audio/Video Expereince". http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1004179