Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-D5500 Blu-ray Player


Design and Setup

Though everyone is cramming more and more features into their Blu-ray players, the units keep shrinking in size. The Samsung BD-D5500 was no exception as it tipped the scales at under 4 lbs., and very slim at only 1.5” tall. The player has a very clean look, with a glossy black front panel and touch-sensitive blue LEDs that change based on the current options available, and a USB port tucked away on the right side. Overall the look of the Samsung player is very nice and with its small size it can hide away quite easily.

The rear of the Samsung is exactly what you would expect on a Blu-ray player. The remaining analog connections are component and composite video, along with a set of L/R RCA audio jacks. There is an optical audio output for older receivers but no coaxial, and of course a 3D capable HDMI output. The version of HDMI isn’t specified anywhere in their materials or on their website, but I would assume that it is 1.4. There is also an Ethernet jack for accessing all of the online features, as well as a USB port if you wish to purchase a wireless adapter from Samsung.

Setup of the Samsung was very straight forward as I chose to use the HDMI connection and Ethernet. I should point out that this is one of the first players I’ve seen that limited the resolution of Blu-ray discs over component video to 480i, which will be the new standard until 2014 when analog outputs are totally eliminated. If you are looking to add a player for an older TV without HDMI, then you should try to find a closeout model from prior years as the new models won’t give you the extra resolution from Blu-ray discs. This limitation also means that some of our bench tests for analog video output will no longer be used going forward.

Once the player was connected, I checked to make sure I had the most recent firmware (I did not, and it updated quickly), and then went ahead and grabbed a movie to start watching.