Originally Posted by Oconus
I picked one of these 2550's up from Best Buy at lunch, will test it out tonight after work and post my findings. I have a PS3, Toshiba A35 and Samsung 1500 to compare it to. The 1500 has worked great with no problems, it is being moved to another room. I am really interested in the DVD upscaling. PS3 has been great at this but couldn't resist trying the 2550.
Ok I have had a chance to try out the 2550, it is great! Tsalt was right about the jaggies on the samsung logo BUT that is the only place I have seen any jagged edges. I have a Samsung 61" DLP 1080p set. 2550 is hooked up via HDMI to a Denon 3808 receiver then out to the TV. Pass through video, no scaling or altering of the signal. Audio is set to bitstream audiophile mode so my Denon can decode the HDMI audio.
Remote is same as the one included with the 1500.
DVD playback is stellar, easily beating the best I could get out of the PS3. The sharpness setting works for DVD and blu-ray. There is also a DVD only noise reduction setting, I find low to be the best for my taste, certainly cleans up video noise well without affecting the detail. I also prefer the sharpness on low - med and high are a bit extreme/artificial looking. Even with sharpness and the DVD NR off, DVD's look fantastic, as expected. Load times were very fast with DVD's, seems a little faster then the 1500 - speed is on par with an older stand alone sony dvd player.
Blu-Ray playback is even better than the 1500 and PS3. The 2550 seems to have even better color and detail. Again the sharpness setting can be used to tweak the image to your liking, I prefer it on low, simply amazing looking. Tried National Treasure 2 and Spider Man 3 so far, WOW! Blu-Ray speed seems to be on par with the 1500, maybe a hair faster, haven't used a stop watch but almost as fast as the PS3.
I honestly thought I wouldn't see much difference in the blu-ray playback but both blu-ray and dvd playback are stellar.
Sure it doesn't decode DTS-MA internally but it doesn't matter to me as my amp takes care of the decoding. Audio quality bit streamed to the Denon sounds the same on the 2550 as the 1500, at least so far.
Cooling fan was not audible after 1 hour of operation, had to shine a flash light into the grill work on the back to see if it was running.
For DVD playback with what I have, here is my rating from best to worst:
2550 -> PS3 -> Toshiba A35 -> 1500
2550 -> 1500 -> PS3 - though the PS3 and 1500 are really close/hard to tell a difference.
I think this player is a real bargain. Sure Profile 2.0 support is supposedly coming later but I'll be honest with you - I buy blu-ray movies for the amazing video detail and sound quality, not all the extra web connection stuff, I have a PC to view that stuff (and the PS3 if I really need to check something out).
If you are going to use the analog outs, you won't get DTS-MA, which seems typical at this price point compared to other players, so if that is something you need look for another player - doesn't sound like it will be able to be a future firmware upgrade, only profile 2.0 is promised. Nothing has been announced from Samsung to suggest DTS-MA internal decoding will be added. I don't see anything else coming out anytime soon that will match the video quality of the 2550 at the sub $500 mark.
If anyone has any specific questions about the unit let me know and I'll try to test it out.