Well, the time finally came for me to get a BluRay player and the 2550 fits the bill. I've been replacing all of my equipment this summer and this player is the last piece (well, I still need two rear speakers to fill out the 7.1 but that's another story).
I walked into Best Buy and looked around but didn't see the player. A salesman walks up and asks if he can help. I told him that I wanted the Samsung BD-P2550 player. He shook his head and said he had never heard of it and that I really meant the 1500. I told him, no that Best Buy had the brand new 2550 exclusively for a month and that their online site said they had them in stock. He called in another guy and the checked the computer and finally found that they had 2 in stock. Next it took them about 10 minutes to track the player down in the store. But it came out in a perfect box all taped up like it's supposed to. I happily took it up front to pay (after picking out 2 movies). I wound up acquiring $500 worth of Best Buy gift cards, so the player only wound up costing me the local sales tax ($40). Not too shabby of a deal.
Got it home and hooked it up to the Denon 3808 and Samsung HL61A750. Was simple enough, one network plug, one HDMI and power. 10 seconds later, she started humming and I was ready to start the configuration. I setup the player to do 1080/24, set the tz etc. I then put in BD Transformers, set the audio for Dolby TrueHD and then sat back and watched the magic.
WOW. I've got the HD-DVD player for the XBox and Transformers for it, so I had an idea of what I should expect. My expectations were blown away. Normally I can see the silk screen effect when playing normal DVD's through the old player, the grainyness pulls it out for me. It was about half way through the movie and I realized that I hadn't been distracted by that a single time. I started looking for any of the SSE, but really could just barely notice it even when looking hard. Very nice. The audio was excellent, had the receive cranked to -22 (kids were sleeping otherwise it would have been louder). The sound filled the room and I swear I was hearing things in the audio that I hadn't heard when watching with the XBox HDDVD. Could just be my imagination though.
Today I watched Batman Begins and it also looked stunning though there seemed to be some out of sync audio in a few scenes. I don't believe it's the player but actually the TrueHD track. I didn't see it when I played the DD track. I'll have to play with that some more. But overall both of the BD movies that I watched were very impressive.
After Batman, I placed in the Spiderman 3 regular DVD and played with the DVD noise reduction a bit. The quality of the image dramatically beat my old Sony upconverting player. I'd say that it came pretty close to the XBox HDDVD player for quality, but certainly not as good as the other two BD's. I also threw in "The Crow" which always looked crappy with the old DVD player. You could still tell it wasn't a great transfer, but with the noise reduction all the way up, it was noticeably improved.
As far as noise goes, the only time that I hear the player is when I'm opening or closing the tray. It's a bit noisy when it first starts opening or closing but only for about 1/2 second. While it's playing its whisper quiet from where I sit on the couch. Much nicer than the boisterously loud 360 player.
All in all, this at least initially appears to be a great player. I've signed up for a Netflix subscription so I can start getting more BD's. There's just no way I'm going to pay list price for those things. Jeez, over $30
? Yeah, no.