August 21, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Samsung isn’t really talking up the BD-P2550, but Best Buy sure is.
The new Blu-ray player just magically appeared on the retailer’s website, for $499. It’s weird that Samsung didn’t announce availability, or add this little gem into its recent Holidays in July showcase. Then again, they were all about TVs, and only really talked up one Blu-ray unit—the HT-BD2E home-theater-in-a-box package.
Engadget HD says that the BD-P2550 has got all of the goodies that A/V nerds like, including 7.1 analog output and Silicon Optix HQV video processing.
However, there’s no mention of BD-Live, which is sort of puzzling. Isn’t that the new buzz? Maybe they know that some people just don’t give a hoot—give them the picture and they are happy. Maybe they want to please everyone; that feature could be easily added via the model’s advertised “Ethernet and USB 2.0 interfaces.”
Then again, maybe these were just leftovers from the warehouse, and that’s why Samsung is mum. Trash or high-def treasure? We’d be willing to take that challenge.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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