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Old 01-07-2008, 01:26 PM
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Default BD-UP5500 Duo HD player in the second half of 2008?

Seems like I might be better off canceling my 5000 order (I was going to sell my two other players) and waiting for this one. Anyone else thinking about doing that? It's kind of frustrating that they're announcing a new model while I'm still waiting for the 'current' one.

Updating its recently-released BD-UP5000, Samsung says it will introduce the new BD-UP5500 Duo HD player in the second half of 2008.

Like its predecessor, the BD-UP5500 will support both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, as well as the latest BD-Java and HDi interactivity available (including full support of Blu-ray Profile 1.1).

Samsung says the BD-UP5500 will also feature 7.1 PCM, DTS-HD High Resolution and Master audio, plus Dolby TrueHD Bistream output via HDMI 1.3.

The deck's ethernet connection will enable firmware upgrades and web-enabled features with compatible HD DVD discs. (Company reps tell us the deck will not be BD-Live compliant, meaning it will not support web-enabled features on certain Blu-ray discs.)

The BD-UP5500 is expected to retail for $599, making it the lowest-priced dual format player announced yet. (The BD-UP5000 is currently retailing at $799.)
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:40 PM
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Its the SAME as the 5000. It's a little smaller and cheaper, however, it says nothing about the Reon chip AND you have to wait a minimum of 6-8 months. How cheap are you?? Get the 5000 now and enjoy it.
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Yea it's just a matter of finding one though....
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Its the SAME as the 5000. It's a little smaller and cheaper, however, it says nothing about the Reon chip AND you have to wait a minimum of 6-8 months. How cheap are you?? Get the 5000 now and enjoy it.
That's a good question. I gave my BD-UP5000 today because it wouldn't play my Star Trek Combo HD-DVD's. So I'll probably wait til this baby comes out because since by the time it comes out, it'll mostly be Blu-Rays coming out with mainly only Paramount, Dreamworks, and Universal poppin out HD-DVD's, so I'll mostly buying and watching Blu-Rays but I'll need to have something to play my HD-DVD's. I guess I'll have to be without a player for several months. I dont mind. When my PS3 gets back from servicing I'll have to just depend on that I guess. I hope this new baby has the Reon Chip like the last because it had great upconversion I'll give it that. And this time it'll decode TrueHD and DTS-MA audio formats. AND will have no problems playing combo discs. You'd think with all this time they're taking to get this new one out they'd make it more efficient altogether and not just add some crap, ya know?
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:00 PM
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By the time this comes out, the firmware for the 5000 will have already been out for 6 months. The price reduction is most likely due to "cost cutting" and that never works out well for cutomers. The 1400 was cheaper than the 1200, why? NO REON CHIP.
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Its the SAME as the 5000. It's a little smaller and cheaper, however, it says nothing about the Reon chip AND you have to wait a minimum of 6-8 months. How cheap are you?? Get the 5000 now and enjoy it.
Cheap, I'm not (take a look at my gear below). Almost all of it was purchased in the last 3 months. I just don't want to throw away money and I've never seen a situation where a new model was announced to replace a model that has not even been released.

Are we sure that the 5500 does NOT contain the Reon chip? I'll gladly pay the extra $ for the 5000 if that's the case. I've still got the 5000 on pre-order from Amazon, supposedly with a ship date of 2/5.
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Look at the articles on the 5500. IF it had the Reon chip, it would boast it, like the 1200 did and like the 5000 did. There's a reason for the price reduction, and it's not because Samsung loves you.
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Look at the articles on the 5500. IF it had the Reon chip, it would boast it, like the 1200 did and like the 5000 did. There's a reason for the price reduction, and it's not because Samsung loves you.
Shit your'e right....... Maybe when my credit is all paid off I'll get another BD-UP5000 again and hopefully the firmware will be out for it and it will be able to play combo discs just fine and have no problems playing Fox blu-rays or Transformers. It played those fine on my last one but the combos were killin me. I hate combos dammit but some movies are must haves like Star Trek TOS and Knocked Up! So I'll see, but if that 5500 actually somehow will have the Reon Chip, then boy george! I'll buy it!
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From as post on AVS it looks like this player is the "little brother" of the 5000. It is missing mention of Reon and 7.1 analog outs. From the picture it only supports 2.0 analog (much like the LG200). From all that I have read the 5000 will be the "flagship" and the 5500 is the "entry". This is all JMHO though take it for what its worth.
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I think it's worth a lot because I agree 100%. Calling it the 5500 is all marketing...even though its not as good as the 5000, Samsung couldn't have called it the 4500....they'd kill the sales
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