Originally Posted by George Kouzev
This may be a good or bad news for us, the 5k owners.
If the 5500 is the same as (or better than) the 5000, then the lower price does not make sense at all given Samsung cannot meet demand for the 5000 at the current price level of $799.
If the 5500 is a scaled down veriosn of the 5000, then it may be a good news for everyone. Some people who do not need the analog outs or the advanced upscaling will not have to pay for these features.
If both players 5X00 have mostly the same firmware, then Samsung will have more insentive to get things right.
I hope someone will have the chance to corner Samsung reps at CES on that one too.
Hey all-- I didnt read the whole thread here, but was at CEs and saw all three 5500 demo units in action. The 5500 has the Blu Ray 1.1 spec and I thought the 5000 did not. There was something about , I am not sure, maybe the video processing, that makes the 5000 more expensive.
The Korean engineer for Samsung who was stationed there quietly told me SAmsung was not allowed to demonstrate HD-DVD advanced features on the 5500 at CEs ( the thing can play them all but Blu Ray players can't actually do anything like what HD-DVD does yet-- the 1.1 spec should bring Blu Ray closer however).
I would DEFINETLY wait for the 5500 and some actual user reviews.