updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu August 21, 2008
Samsung Blu-ray player
Samsung's newest Blu-ray player, the BD-P2550, seems to have gone straight from the electronics manufacturer to store shelves, skipping the pre-release news stage often associated with upcoming consumer electronics. The BD-P2550 can be currently purchased via Best Buy's web store, and sports features such as Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports for firmware upgrades and connection of other devices, respectively. The former will let users to download the BD-Live update when it becomes available, enabling them to download the latest BonusView content such as new movie previews and special features.
The BD-P2550 will also upscale standard DVDs to 720p or 1080p resolution via its HQV processor. A 10-bit / 108MHz DTA converter handles the video signals, with a 24-bit / 192kHz DTA taking care of audio. Supported audio decoders include DTS, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD, and the player includes analog outputs for 7.1-channel audio support. Other connections include one each of component, composite and HDMI video outputs, along with an optical and stereo audio outputs. An HDMI-CEC network connection gives users the option to control compatible HDMI devices with a single remote.
Best Buy lists the BD-P2550 for $499. [via Blu-ray]