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New Samsung BD-P2550 Blu-ray Unveiled at Best Buy

by August 22, 2008

Best Buy seems to be promoting a new Blu-ray player for Samsung. Perhaps the retailer has some special insights into Samsung’s product line. Without the usual advance warning from the manufacturer a new Samsung BD player has suddenly appeared on Best Buy’s website.

It’s the model P2550 and retails at Best Buy for $499, putting it up there with premium Blu-ray players. But this one appears to deliver the goods, which makes it all the more strange that Samsung itself wouldn’t herald its arrival.

Samsung’s new Blu-ray disc player has a lot of the features that have been annoyingly elusive to find in a single player, including Sammy’s own BD-P1500. The new unit has 7.1 analog outputs and the mightily prized Silicon Optix HQV processing for upconverting those standard-def DVDs. Two significant features you won’t find in Samsung’s BD-P1500.

The Product Description says nothing about support for BD-Live, in fact the User Manual has this to say:

This Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player (BD-P2500/BD-P2550) supports only the BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 specification.

The unit does have an Ethernet port which Samsung uses to connect to its servers for firmware updates. Maybe the folks that write Best Buy Product Descriptions purposely leave out important details to keep us guessing. The Product Features list also outlines Dolby high-res audio codecs the unit is capable of decoding, mentioning nothing of DTS. But under the Specifications list, DTS Decoder gets a big Yes.

UPDATE: Click here to download the Samsung BD-P2550 User Manual

The unit cannot play DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, CDI, or CDV discs. It also cannot play CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW with recorded content such as divx, avi, mpg, mov, wma, mp3, and digital photo view (JPEG) files.

If you’re spending $500 on a Blu-ray player these days the complete format at profile 2.0 including BD-Live should be a high priority. EngadgetHD speculates that BD-Live could be added later. After all, the unit is packing an Ethernet port that allows firmware updates.

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j_garcia posts on August 22, 2008 17:39
I would say the analog outs and the HQV would be the big thing, but if it doesn't do DTS-HD then that would mean it probably isn't going to sell well at $500.
ned posts on August 22, 2008 16:57
It probably doesn't decode DTS HD MA:

1. It uses the BCM7440 chipset which is not capable of decoding DTS-HDMA.
2. Manual is states that DTS-HD is not decoded (page 36 in the audio settings table and look for PCM row).
gliz posts on August 22, 2008 16:11
my point is the avrage joe is not gonna spend a weeks pay on it
speakerman39 posts on August 22, 2008 15:16
jostenmeat, post: 447342
One of the main traits of Sammy players that people like is the Silicon Optix HQV for sd playback. Id venture to guess this is the most important element in getting people to buy Samsung.
Yes, that is one of them for sure. However, I guess it may also be the price point that Samsung is targeting. Guess, I need to consider this one as well. Thanks for the info Jost.

Cheers,

Phil
Seth=L posts on August 22, 2008 15:16
I'd rather have the Magnavox, oh LOL.
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