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Review: Sony BDP-S550 offers solid Blu-ray performance and 7.1 analog audio outputs

CNET reviews the Sony BDP-S550, complimenting its performance and robust feature set, but notes that competing players may offer a better value for some buyers.

If you've been put off by Blu-ray's changing Profiles, varying audio decoding compatibilities and prohibitive pricing, Sony's BDP-S550 represents a lot of what is right about the latest crop of Blu-ray players coming out. The BDP-S550 has a strong feature set, including Profile 2.0 support, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and 7.1 analog outputs. Sony also goes the extra mile on this player and includes a tiny 1GB USB drive, so the BDP-S550 works out of the box with BD-Live features, as long as you're connected via Ethernet. We were also impressed that the BDP-S550 performed well on both Blu-ray discs and DVDs, making it a well-rounded player. We didn't have any major complaints with the BDP-S550, except that some competing players offer much of the same functionality for less, like the Panasonic DMP-BD35, or offer additional features for the same price, like the Samsung BD-P2550. That aside, the Sony BDP-S550 is a very good Blu-ray player, especially for those who need 7.1 analog audio outputs.

Read the full review of the Sony BDP-S550.