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Sony UK will very shortly be releasing two next-generation Blu-ray players, the BDP-S350 and the BDP-S550. Both machines will support Blu-ray Profile 2.0 (BD-Live), although only the BDP-S550 will support it 'out of the box'. The BDP-S550 will also include on-board decoding for all of the major audio formats (including DTS-HD Master Audio), along with 7.1 analogue outputs. Both players claim a six-second boot time. Retail prices vary, but seem to be around the £220 mark for the BDP-S350 and £300 for the BDP-S550. A summary of the players' specs can be found below, along with some images.

BDP-S350


Player Type

  • Color: Blue-Black
  • Region Code DVD: 2
  • Region Code BD-ROM: B

System

  • BD-ROM (BonusView; Profile 1.1): YES
  • BD-ROM (BD-Live; Profile 2.0): YES (need to update)
  • BD-R/RE Playback: YES
  • AVC-HD 8c/12cm DVD Playback: YES
  • DVD Video Playback: YES
  • Audio CD Playback: YES
  • VCD Playback: NO
  • Super VCD Playback: NO
  • DVD-R/RW (Video Format) Playback: YES
  • DVD-RW (VR Format) Playback: YES
  • DVD+R/RW Playback: YES
  • CD-R/RW Playback: YES
  • JPEG Playback: YES
  • MP3 Playback: YES

Picture Quality

  • 1080p output (via HDMI™): YES
  • Precision Cinema HD upscale (DVD Upscaling to 1080p): YES
  • Video D/A Converter: 12bit/148.5MHz
  • 24p True Cinema: YES
  • x.v. Colour: YES
  • Progressive Scan Output: YES
  • Precision Drive HD: YES
  • Preset Picture Mode: YES

Audio

  • 8 Channel Linear PCM Bitstream Out: YES
  • Dolby TrueHD Decoding: YES
  • Dolby TrueHD Bitstream Out: YES
  • DTS-HD Master Audio decoding: NO
  • DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream out: YES
  • Audio D/A Converter: 192kHz/24bit

Construction

  • Display on Front Panel: YES

Terminal

  • HDMI™: 1
  • Component Video Output: 1
  • S-Video Output: 1
  • Composite Video Output: 1
  • SCART Connector: NO
  • Digital Audio Output Coaxial: 1
  • Digital Audio Output Optical: 1
  • 7.1ch Analogue Output: NO
  • Analogue Stereo Output: 1
  • Ethernet: YES

Remote

  • Backlit Remote: NO
  • TV Control: YES

Convenience

  • Quick Start-up: YES
  • XrossMediaBar™ (GUI): YES
  • Easy Set Up: YES
  • BRAVIA Sync: YES
  • PhotoTV HD: YES
  • Frimware Update Via Ethernet: YES
  • Local Storage for BD-Live: NO
  • Child Lock (Tray Lock): YES
  • Parental Control: YES

Other

  • Screen Saver: YES
  • Audio/Video Bit Rate Indicator: YES

Specification

  • Power Requirements: 220-240 V
  • Power Consumption (in Operation): 26 W
  • Power Consumption (in Standby): 0.3 W (in Normal Stand-by Mode)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 60 x 220 mm
  • Mass (kg): 2.9

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BDP-S550


Player Type

  • Color: Blue-Black
  • Region Code DVD: 2
  • Region Code BD-ROM: B

System

  • BD-ROM (BonusView; Profile 1.1) YES
  • BD-ROM (BD-Live; Profile 2.0) YES
  • BD-R/RE Playback YES
  • AVC-HD 8c/12cm DVD Playback YES
  • DVD Video Playback YES
  • Audio CD Playback YES
  • VCD Playback NO
  • Super VCD Playback NO
  • DVD-R/RW (Video Format) Playback YES
  • DVD-RW (VR Format) Playback YES
  • DVD+R/RW Playback: YES
  • CD-R/RW Playback: YES
  • JPEG Playback: YES
  • MP3 Playback: YES

Picture Quality

  • 1080p Output (via HDMI™): YES
  • Precision Cinema HD upscale (DVD Upscaling to 1080p): YES
  • Video D/A Converter: 12bit/148.5MHz
  • 24p True Cinema: YES
  • x.v. Colour: YES
  • Progressive Scan Output: YES
  • Precision Drive HD: YES
  • Preset Picture Mode: YES

Audio

  • 8ch Linear PCM Bitstream Out: YES
  • Dolby TrueHD Decoding: YES
  • Dolby TrueHD Bitstream Out: YES
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding: YES
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Bitstream Out: YES
  • Audio D/A Converter: 192kHz/24bit

Construction

  • Display on Front Panel: YES

Terminal

  • HDMI™: 1
  • Component Video Output: 1
  • S-Video Output: 1
  • Composite Video Output: 1
  • SCART Connector: NO
  • Digital Audio Output Coaxial: 1
  • Digital Audio Output Optical: 1
  • 7.1ch Analogue Output: YES
  • Analogue Stereo Output: 1
  • Ethernet: YES

Remote

  • Backlit Remote: YES
  • TV Control: YES

Convenience

  • Quick Start-Up: YES
  • XrossMediaBar™ (GUI): YES
  • Easy Set Up: YES
  • BRAVIA Sync:YES
  • PhotoTV HD: YES
  • Frimware Update Via Ethernet: YES
  • Local Storage for BD-Live: YES (1GB USB Flash Memory)
  • Child Lock (Tray Lock): YES
  • Parental Control: YES

Other

  • Screen Saver: YES
  • Audio/Video Bit Rate Indicator: YES

Specification

  • Power Requirements: 220-240 V
  • Power Consumption (in Operation): 29 W
  • Power Consumption (in Standby): 0.3 W (in Normal Stand-by Mode)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 70 x 220 mm
  • Mass (kg): 3.3

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