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Sony BDP-S5500 review

 Review: June 2015  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Sony BDP-S5500 Blu-Ray player combines the best of the S3500 and S4500 models, providing 3D Blu-Ray playback and excellent connectivity, with Wi-Fi and Smart TV functions. It's a very versatile player and highly recommended.



 

Design & looks

The Sony BDP-S5500 shares the same design as its cheaper siblings. It's a very compact player that will sit neatly below your TV and blend in seamlessly. We wouldn't describe it as a design icon, but it won't stick out. The black box features a sliding tray for disks and comes with a remote control.

Playback

The BDP-S5500 handles the widest range of disks, including 3D Blu-Ray disks, as well as DVDs and audio CDs. Whilst it lacks the ability to upscale Blu-Ray to UHD (4K), it can upscale DVDs to Full HD 1080p resolution. It also includes features such as 16-bit deep colour, Triluminos and 24p cinema playback, giving you the very best results possible.

Sony Entertainment Network

The BDP-S5500 is fully connected and has access to Smart TV via the Sony Entertainment Network. This includes catch-up TV, YouTube videos, and a library of movies, music and games.

Connectivity

Connectivity is a strong point of this model. Networking is available via an ethernet port and built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to connect the box to the internet and to your home network.

Internet access lets you use Smart TV, and the network connectivity enables you to play music, watch videos or view photos from a connected laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device. Screen mirroring is available for compatible smartphones and tablets. You can also plug in devices via the USB port.

In addition the device has a HDMI connection for plugging it into a HD-Ready TV, plus a coaxial audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

Sony's SideView app, which is available for Android and iOS, lets you control the Blu-Ray player via a smartphone or tablet.

Conclusion

The Sony BDP-S5500 is the most versatile of Sony's Blu-Ray players for 2015, offering everything except for UHD (4K) upscaling, which is available on the more expensive BDP-S6500 model.

You can save a few pounds by opting for the BDP-S4500, which has no built-in Wi-Fi, or the BDP-S3500, which doesn't offer 3D playback. However, we'd recommend going for the BDP-S5500, as the price difference isn't huge, and when it comes to the fast-moving world of technology, it's always best to be prepared.


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