Samsung BD-D5500 review

The affordable BD-D5500 is impressive with HD content, but sounds wearing Tested at £170

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Our Verdict

Far from disgraced – it’s four stars, after all – but the competition is unforgiving

For

  • Ample features and functionality
  • can be profoundly impressive with high-def content

Against

  • Can sound wearing
  • not a great upscaler
  • streamed content can look iffy

It’s a sign of just how safe the looks of these players are that the BD-D5500’s fascia, with its touch-sensitive lights, seems giddily avant-garde.

That minor flourish apart, it’s Samsung business as usual – which means competitive build, decent menus and a proper remote.

And it’s specified in the manner to which we’re rapidly becoming accustomed.

As well as its disc-spinning abilities, the BD-D5500 enjoys an absolute stack of SmartHub functionality, and can sync up all your DLNA-enabled devices via what Samsung’s calling AllShare. This can be done wirelessly if you pay for the appropriate dongle.

Bright and detailed in 3D
Picture quality when streaming the likes of YouTube is, broadly speaking, fine.

Edges can get a little jagged in extremis, and the most rapid motion can be problematic, but it’s nothing too severe.

DVD upscaling, too, is slightly marginal: Inception is a tough test, and the BD-D5500 regularly falls prey to picture noise.

It’s flustered by complicated patterns, too, though nothing like as much as some competitors.

Predictably, 2D Blu-ray images are far more convincing. Clean and detailed, and with a real talent for handling rapid or unpredictable motion, the Samsung delivers crisp and vibrant pictures.

It’s particularly adept with skin-tones, and does fine work with textures of all kinds.

Gratifyingly bright and detailed
And all of those positives are carried over to 3D. The Samsung’s picture is gratifyingly bright and detailed, and develops prodigious depth of field – the distance from foreground to background in Avatar looks considerable.

There are hints of the diorama about some edges, though, which keeps the D5500 from an unqualified 3D recommendation.

Sound is expansive and dynamic, with appreciable bass weight. It veers towards the shrill at times, mind you, and doesn’t do too well with extreme dynamics.

So the Samsung gets plenty more right than it does wrong – its four-star verdict just goes to show that the competition is mighty fierce.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Brand NameSamsung
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerSamsung
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-D5500
Product NameSamsung BD-D5500
Product ModelBD-D5500

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BD-D5500 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
  • Audio/Video cable
  • Batteries for Remote Control (AAA Size)
  • User Manual
  • Quick Guide
Energy StarYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationENERGY STAR, WEEE

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS

Technical Information

FeaturesVideo Upconversion
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD-R, CD-R
Number of Discs1

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Physical Characteristics

Width43 cm
Depth21 cm
Weight Approximate1.70 kg
Height3.9 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions3.9 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 21 cm (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, DivX HD, WMV

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year