Sony BDP-S550 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Blu-ray Disc / DVD Player
Printed in Japan
© 2008 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    3-452-778-11(1) Operating Instructions Blu-ray Disc / DVD Player BDP-S550 3-452-778-11(1) Printed in Japan © 2008 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2: Warning

    The model and serial numbers are located at the rear of the unit. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. BDP-S550 Serial No.______________ Model No. USM1GH Serial No.______________ For customers in the U.S.A...
  • Page 3: Precautions

    For Customers in Canada If this product is not working properly, please call 1-877-602- 2008 for Peace of Mind Warranty Replacement service. For other product related questions please contact our Customer Information Service Center at 1-877-899-7669 or write to us at: Customer Information Service 115 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 3R6...
  • Page 4 Sun Microsystems, Inc. • , “XMB,” and “xross media bar” are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. • This product incorporates High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI™) technology. HDMI, the HDMI...
  • Page 5: Important Safety

    Important Safety Instructions 1) Read these instructions. 2) Keep these instructions. 3) Heed all warnings. 4) Follow all instructions. 5) Do not use this apparatus near water. 6) Clean only with dry cloth. 7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents WARNING ........... . 2 Precautions .
  • Page 7 Additional Information Troubleshooting ..........57 Self-Diagnosis Function .
  • Page 8: Guide To Parts And Controls

    Guide to Parts and Controls For more information, see the pages in parentheses. Remote Number 5, AUDIO, CH +, and N PLAY buttons have a tactile dot. Use the tactile dot as a reference when operating the player. A Z OPEN/CLOSE (page 32) Opens or closes the disc tray.
  • Page 9 D Color buttons (RED/GREEN/ BLUE/YELLOW) Short cut keys for selecting items on some BD’s menus (can also be used for BD’s Java interactive operations). E TOP MENU (page 34) Opens or closes the BD’s or DVD’s Top Menu. POP UP/MENU (page 34) Opens or closes the BD-ROM’s Pop-up Menu, or the DVD’s menu.
  • Page 10: Front Panel

    Front panel A [/1 (on/standby) (page 29) Turns on the player, or sets to standby mode. B Disc tray (page 32) C Blu-ray Disc indicator Lights up when a BD is recognized. When the player is turned on for the first time, the Blu-ray Disc indicator lights up, then turns off when Easy Setup is complete.
  • Page 11: Front Panel Display

    Front panel display A N, X Lights up during playback or pause. B HD (page 44) Lights up when outputting 720p/1080i/ 1080p video signals from the HDMI OUT jack or 720p/1080i video signals from the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks. C HDMI (page 15) Lights up when an HDMI device is connected.
  • Page 12 Rear panel A COMPONENT VIDEO OUT (Y, P ) jacks (page 17) B LINE OUT (S VIDEO) jack (page 18) C LINE OUT (AUDIO L/R) jacks (page 18, 23) D MULTI CHANNEL OUTPUT (FRONT L/R, SURROUND L/R, SUR BACK L/R, CENTER, SUB WOOFER) jacks (page 22) E AC IN terminal (page 26) F Ventilation holes...
  • Page 13: Hookups And Settings

    Hooking Up the Player Check that you have the following items. • Audio/video cable (phono plug ×3) (1) • AC power cord (1) • External memory (1) • Remote commander (remote) (1) • Size AA (R6) batteries (2) Follow steps 1 through 7 to hook up and adjust the settings of the player.
  • Page 14: Step 1: Connecting To Your Tv

    Step 1: Connecting to Your TV About video/HDMI OUT jacks The player has the following video jacks. Connect the player to your TV according to the input jack on your TV. When connecting the player to your TV using the HDMI cable, you can enjoy high quality digital pictures and sound through the HDMI OUT jack.
  • Page 15: Connecting To An Hdmi Jack

    Connect the player and your TV using an HDMI cable to enjoy high quality digital pictures and sound through the HDMI OUT jack. If you connect a Sony TV that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16), refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV.
  • Page 16: About The Bravia Sync Features (For Hdmi Connections Only)

    TV or components. • When connecting the Sony TV that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” Easy Setting function using the HDMI cable, the “Control for HDMI” setting of the player automatically switches to “On”...
  • Page 17: Connecting To Component Video Jacks (Y, P B , P R )

    Connecting to component video jacks (Y, P Connect the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks of the player and your TV using a component video cable or three video cables (not supplied) of the same kind and length. You can enjoy high-quality pictures. Be sure to connect to the LINE OUT (AUDIO L/R) jacks using the audio/video cable.
  • Page 18: Connecting To An Audio/Video Or S Video Jack

    Connecting to an audio/video or S VIDEO jack Connect the LINE OUT (VIDEO, AUDIO L/R) jacks of the player and your TV using the audio/video cable. You can enjoy standard quality pictures and sound. S-video cable (not supplied) When you connect the player and TV using an S- video cable, disconnect the video plug (yellow) of the audio/video cable.
  • Page 19: Step 2: Connecting To Your Av Amplifier (Receiver)

    Step 2: Connecting to Your AV Amplifier (Receiver) About audio/HDMI OUT jacks The player has the following audio jacks. Connect the player to your AV amplifier (receiver) according to the input jack on your AV amplifier (receiver). Jack type Digital Analog For correct speaker location, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the connected...
  • Page 20: Connecting To An Hdmi Jack

    If your AV amplifier (receiver) has an HDMI input, you can enjoy surround sound. If you connect a Sony AV amplifier (receiver) that is compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16), refer to the operating instructions supplied with the AV amplifier (receiver).
  • Page 21: Connecting To Digital Jacks (Optical/Coaxial)

    Connecting to digital jacks (OPTICAL/COAXIAL) If your AV amplifier (receiver) has a Dolby a digital input jack, you can enjoy Dolby Digital (5.1ch), Dolby Pro Logic (4.0ch), or DTS (5.1ch) surround effects. Optical digital cable (not supplied) Connect the digital jack of the player and your AV amplifier (receiver).
  • Page 22: Connecting To 7.1 Channel Jacks

    Connecting to 7.1 channel jacks If your AV amplifier (receiver) has 7.1 channel inputs, you can enjoy multi channel surround sound. Stereo audio cable (not supplied) Stereo audio cable (not supplied) : Signal flow Connect the 7.1 channel jacks of the player and your AV amplifier (receiver).
  • Page 23: Connecting To Audio L/R Jacks

    Connecting to audio L/R jacks If your AV amplifier (receiver) only has L and R audio input jacks, use this connection. : Signal flow Blu-ray Disc/DVD player (red) (white) Audio/video cable (supplied) (red) (white) Match the color of the plug to that of the jack.
  • Page 24: Step 3: Inserting The External Memory

    • Do not apply too much pressure to the external memory in the slot, as it may cause a malfunction. • We recommend use of the Sony USM1GH available as of April 2008. • Other USB flash devices may support this function.
  • Page 25: Step 4: Connecting To The Network

    Step 4: Connecting to the Network Connect the LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source using a network cable to update the player’s software. You can also enjoy the BD-Live function (page 35). Connect the LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source.
  • Page 26: When Connecting Via A Wireless Lan Router

    When connecting via a wireless LAN router Blu-ray Disc/DVD player Network cable (not supplied) Network cable (not supplied) ADSL modem/ Cable modem Internet Do not connect the LAN terminal of the player to the LAN terminal of the PC. Step 5: Connecting the AC Power Cord After all of the other connections are complete, connect the supplied AC power...
  • Page 27: Step 6: Preparing The Remote

    Controlling TVs with the remote You can control the volume, input source, channel, and power switch of your Sony TV with the supplied remote. When you replace the batteries of the remote, the code number may be reset to the default setting. Set the appropriate code number again.
  • Page 28 To control other TVs with the remote You can control the volume, input source, channel, and power switch of non-Sony TVs as well. If your TV is listed in the table below, set the appropriate manufacturer’s code. If you enter a new code number, the code number previously entered will be erased.
  • Page 29: Step 7: Easy Setup

    Step 7: Easy Setup Follow the steps below to make the minimum number of basic adjustments for using the player. If you do not complete Easy Setup, it will appear each time you turn on your player. Make the settings below in the following order.
  • Page 30 Set the “Control for HDMI” function to “On” or “Off,” and press ENTER. Select “On” to use the “Control for HDMI” function when connecting Sony components that are compatible with the “Control for HDMI” function (page 16). If you do not use the “Control for HDMI”...
  • Page 31 Select “Allow” to allow Internet connections from BD contents, and press ENTER. Select “Do not allow” to not allow Internet connections from BD contents. Select “Quick Start” to shorten the startup time from standby mode, and press ENTER. For details about “Standby Mode,” see page 53.
  • Page 32: Playback

    Playback Playing BDs/DVDs Z OPEN/ CLOSE Number buttons HOME N PLAY X PAUSE Switch the input selector on your TV so that the signal from the player appears on your TV screen. Press Z OPEN/CLOSE, and place a disc on the disc tray. Playing side facing down Press Z OPEN/CLOSE to close the disc tray.
  • Page 33 Press HOME. Select “Video” using </,. Select using M/m, and press N PLAY or ENTER. For commercially available BD-ROMs or DVD VIDEOs, playback starts. For BDs or DVDs recorded on other equipment, the title list appears. Select a title using M/m, and press N PLAY or ENTER.
  • Page 34: Using The Bd's Or Dvd's Menu

    Available OPTIONS Press OPTIONS. The options menu appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER. The available items differ depending on the disc type or player situation. Items Details A/V Settings Adjusts settings for picture and sound. • Video Settings (page 37) •...
  • Page 35: Enjoying Bonusview/Bd-Live

    Enjoying BonusView/BD-Live Some BD-ROMs have bonus contents and other data that can be downloaded to the external memory (local storage) for enjoyment. Turn the player off. Insert the external memory (supplied) into the EXT slot on the rear of the player.
  • Page 36: Searching For A Title/Chapter

    To cancel Scene Search mode Press SCENE SEARCH, ENTER, N PLAY, or X PAUSE. Playback starts from the point you pressed the button. • The Scene Search function is available for titles longer than 100 seconds and shorter than 100 hours.
  • Page 37: Adjusting Pictures And Sound For Videos

    Adjusting pictures and sound for videos To adjust the picture Press OPTIONS during playback. The options menu appears. Select “A/V Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. Select “Video Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Video Settings” screen appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER.
  • Page 38: Playing Cds

    To adjust the audio characteristics Press OPTIONS during playback. The options menu appears. Select “A/V Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. Select “Audio Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Audio Settings” screen appears. Select an item using M/m, and press ENTER.
  • Page 39: Playing Photo Files

    Various music playback operations Buttons Operations N PLAY Starts playback from the point where you pressed x STOP. x STOP Stops playback. X PAUSE Pauses playback. . PREV/ Skips to the beginning of the NEXT > current or next track. To go to the previous track press .
  • Page 40 • Large photo files may take some time to display or to start a slideshow. To view best quality images If you have a Sony TV compatible with “PhotoTV HD,” you can enjoy best quality images by the following connection and setting.
  • Page 41: Settings And Adjustments

    Settings and Adjustments Using the Settings Displays Select (Setup) on the home menu when you need to change the settings of the player. Press HOME. Select (Setup) using </,. Select the setup category icon to change using M/m, and press ENTER. For details on setting options and setup category icons, see “Setting list”...
  • Page 42: Network Update

    You can update and improve the functions of the player. For information about update functions, refer to the following website; Select “Network Update” using M/m, and press ENTER. The player connects to the network, and the display asks for confirmation.
  • Page 43: Video Settings

    • The “Setup” settings remain after updating. • For information about other software update methods, refer to the following website or consult your nearest Sony dealer or local authorized Sony Service facility; • Do not disconnect the AC power cord while updating.
  • Page 44 DVD Aspect Ratio Selects the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV (selectable when “TV Type” is set to “4:3” and “Screen Format” is set to “Fixed Aspect Ratio”). Letter Box Displays a wide picture with black bands on the top and bottom.
  • Page 45 • If the picture is distorted or no picture appears, wait for about 30 seconds without pressing any buttons. The display returns to the resolution setting screen. If the selected video output resolution is incorrect, no picture will appear on the screen when you press any button within that 30 seconds.
  • Page 46: Audio Settings

    YCbCr/RGB (HDMI) Sets the color setting for video signals output from the HDMI OUT jack. Select the setting that matches the connected TV type. Auto Automatically detects the connected TV type, and switches to the matching color setting. YCbCr (4:2:2) Outputs YCbCr 4:2:2 video signals.
  • Page 47 Select “Size,” “Distance,” and press ENTER. Select a setup item using M/m, and press ENTER. Select or set a setting using M/m, and press ENTER. Size Selects the size of the speakers. • Front Large Normally select this position. Small Select this when the speakers cannot reproduce adequate low frequencies.
  • Page 48 Change the “Distance” setting each time you move the speakers. Start from the front speakers. Front Set this between 4 and 50 feet in 1 foot increments. (4 ~ 10 ~ 50 [ft]) Center Set this within –5 and +2 feet of the “Front” setting in 1 foot increments.
  • Page 49 Audio (HDMI) Selects the signal type for the HDMI OUT jack. Auto Normally select this. Outputs audio signals according to the status of the connected HDMI device. 2ch PCM Downmixes to 2-channel Linear PCM signals before outputting from the HDMI OUT jack.
  • Page 50 • If you select “96kHz/24bit” when an AV amplifier (receiver) that does not support 96 kHz is connected, no sound or a loud sound may result. • “48kHz/96kHz PCM” is not effective when “Audio Output Priority” is set to “HDMI,” “Multi Channel Analog,”...
  • Page 51: Bd/Dvd Viewing Settings

    BD/DVD Viewing Settings The default settings are underlined. BD/DVD Menu Selects the default menu language for BD- ROMs or DVD VIDEOs. When you select “Select Language Code,” the display for entering the language code appears. Enter the code for your language by referring to “Language Code List”...
  • Page 52 You can change the password (see “Password” on page 52). • If you forget the password, reset the player (page 56) and set a new password (see “Password” on page 52). • When you play discs which do not have the Parental Control function, playback cannot be limited on this player.
  • Page 53: Photo Settings

    Photo Settings The default setting is underlined. Slideshow Speed Changes the slideshow speed. Fast Photos change rapidly. Normal Photos change at normal speed. Slow Photos change slowly. System Settings The default settings are underlined. Selects your language for the player on- screen displays.
  • Page 54: Network Settings

    Auto Display Automatically displays information on the screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc. Displays information only when you press DISPLAY. Screen Saver The screen saver image appears when you do not use the player for more than 15 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the home menu, is displayed on your TV screen.
  • Page 55 When you set the “DNS Server (Primary)”/ “DNS Server (Secondary)” addresses manually, enter the “DNS Server (Primary)” address. Otherwise, the “Internet Settings” will be set incorrectly. If your ISP has a specific proxy server setting, select “Proxy Settings” using M/m, and press ENTER. The “Proxy Settings”...
  • Page 56: Easy Setup

    Easy Setup Re-runs the Easy Setup to make the basic settings. Select “Easy Setup,” and press ENTER. Select “Start” using </,, and press ENTER. Follow the instructions for “Step 7: Easy Setup” (page 29) from step 4. Resetting You can reset the player settings to the factory default by selecting the group of settings.
  • Page 57: Additional Information

    Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Power The power does not turn on. , Check that the AC power cord is connected securely.
  • Page 58 Picture See also “Connecting to an HDMI jack” (page 15) when connecting equipment using the HDMI cable. There is no picture/picture noise appears. , Check that all the connecting cables are securely connected. , Check whether the connecting cables are damaged.
  • Page 59 The interactive audio is not output. , Set “BD Audio Setting” to “Mix” in the “Audio Settings” setup (page 49). HDMI There is no picture or no sound when connected to the HDMI OUT jack. , Try the following: Turn the player off and on again.
  • Page 60 To cancel the Child Lock, hold down X on the player until “UNLOCK” appears in the front panel display (page 10). Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Turn the player off, and disconnect the AC power cord.
  • Page 61: Self-Diagnosis Function

    • Place the player in a location with adequate ventilation to prevent heat build-up in the player. When just appears without any messages on the entire screen Contact your nearest Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 62: Playable Discs

    Playable Discs Type Disc Logo Blu-ray Disc DVD VIDEO DATA DVD DATA CD * JPEG format conforming to UDF (Universal Disk Format). Icon used in Characteristics this manual BD-ROMs and BD-REs/BD-Rs in BDMV and BDAV mode, including 8 cm discs (single layer) and DL discs Discs such as movies that can be purchased or rented DVD+RWs/DVD+Rs in +VR mode or...
  • Page 63 Discs that cannot be played • BDs with cartridge • DVD-RAMs • HD DVDs • DVD Audio discs • PHOTO CDs • Data part of CD-Extras • VCDs/Super VCDs • HD layer on Super Audio CDs • Audio material side on DualDiscs •...
  • Page 64 About playback of discs recorded in AVCHD format This player can play AVCHD format discs. What is the AVCHD format? The AVCHD format is a high-definition digital video camera format used to record SD (standard definition) or HD (high definition) signals of either the 1080i specification or the 720p specification...
  • Page 65: Video Output Resolution

    Video Output Resolution Output resolution differs depending on the “Output Video Format” setting in the “Video Settings” setup (page 43). When “Output Video Format” is set to “HDMI” Resolution LINE OUT setting VIDEO/ COMPONENT S VIDEO VIDEO jack jack 480i 480i 480p 480i...
  • Page 66: Audio Output Signals

    Audio Output Signals The audio output differs as follows, depending on the source, output jack, and the selected settings. Digital Jacks/ settings HDMI OUT jack Auto Disc/source LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 7.1ch Dolby Digital LPCM 5.1ch Dolby Digital LPCM 7.1ch...
  • Page 67: Specifications

    Specifications System Laser: Semiconductor laser Inputs and outputs (Jack name: Jack type/Output level/Load impedance) LINE OUT AUDIO L/R: Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL): Optical output jack/–18 dBm (wave length 660 nm) DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL): Phono jack/0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms MULTI CHANNEL OUTPUT: Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms HDMI OUT:...
  • Page 68: Language Code List

    Language Code List For details, see page 51. The language spellings conform to the ISO 639: 1988 (E/F) standard. Number, Language (BD Language Code/DVD Language Code) Parental Control/Area Code For details, see page 51. Number, Area (Code) 2044, Argentina (ar) 2047, Australia (au) 2046, Austria (at) 2057, Belgium (be)
  • Page 69: Terms And Conditions Of Use And End User License Agreement

    The Software contains a functionality by which it is updated automatically when the Product is connected to a server belonging to Sony or to a third party designated by Sony. When you specify your intention not to use this automatic update...
  • Page 70 Sony reserves the right to discontinue one, some, or all of the features of the Service you receive at any time at its discretion. Sony may, at its discretion and from time to time change, add or remove features and functionality, upgrade or modify the Service, Site and/or Software without notice.
  • Page 71: Software License Information

    Sony and you with respect to your use of the Product, Service, Site, Content, and Software. Any notice by Sony hereunder may be made by letter, email, or posting on the Service or Site. Any cause of...
  • Page 72 Also, for each author’s protection and ours, we want to make certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for this free software. If the software is modified by someone else and passed on, we want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors’...
  • Page 73 6. Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients’...
  • Page 74 The hypothetical commands ‘show w’ and ‘show c’ should show the appropriate parts of the General Public License. Of course, the commands you use may be called something other than ‘show w’ and ‘show c’; they could even be mouse-clicks or menu items--whatever suits your program.
  • Page 75 The “Library”, below, refers to any such software library or work which has been distributed under these terms. A “work based on the Library” means either the Library or any derivative work under copyright law: that is to say, a work containing the Library or a portion of it, either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated straightforwardly into another language.
  • Page 76 You must give prominent notice with each copy of the work that the Library is used in it and that the Library and its use are covered by this License. You must supply a copy of this License. If the work during execution displays copyright notices, you must include the copyright notice for the Library among them, as well as a reference directing the user to the copy of this License.
  • Page 77 This product contains OpenSSL (including the library Original SSLeay), which Sony uses under license with the copyright holder. In compliance with a request by the copyright holder of said software, Sony conveys the following notice and asks that you read it. Package name: sony-target-grel-openssl-0.9.8g-020201.src.rpm OpenSSL Copyright (c) 1998-2006 The OpenSSL Project.
  • Page 78 This product includes cryptographic software written by Eric Young ( This product includes software written by Tim Hudson ( Original SSLeay License Original SSLeay Copyright (C) 1995-1998 Eric Young ( All rights reserved. This package is an SSL implementation written by Eric Young (
  • Page 79 Notice about JPEG Parts of this product utilize the research results of the Independent JPEG Group. Package name sony-target-grel-libjpeg-6b-020201.src.rpm. In plain English: 1. We don’t promise that this software works. (But if you find any bugs, please let us know!) 2.
  • Page 80: Glossary

    Glossary AACS “Advanced Access Content System” is a specification for managing digital entertainment contents stored on the next generation of prerecorded and recorded optical media. The specification enables consumers to enjoy digital entertainment content, including high-definition content. AVCHD (page 64) The AVCHD format is a high definition digital video camera format used to record SD (standard definition) or HD (high...
  • Page 81 PhotoTV HD (page 40) “PhotoTV HD” allows for a highly-detailed pictures, and photo-like expression of subtle textures and colors. By connecting Sony “PhotoTV HD” compatible devices using an HDMI cable, whole new world of photos can be enjoyed in breathtaking Full HD quality.
  • Page 82: Index

    Index Words in quotations appear in the on-screen displays. Numerics 24p True Cinema 81 “A/V Settings” 37 AACS 80 ANGLE 8 AUDIO 8 “Audio Output Priority” Audio output signals 66 “Audio Settings” 38 AVCHD 64 Batteries 27 “BD Data” 35 “BD/DVD Viewing Settings”...

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