NAD T 557 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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High Points
• The T 557 supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs. 
• The player has internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and can pass these formats in bitstream form over HDMI. 
• It supports BD-Live Web content and can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
• This player offers a lot of picture adjustments, which can be helpful if it's mated with a TV that is lacking in this area.
• The USB port allows for easy playback of digital movies, music, and photos. 
• An IR input is available.
• NAD products generally have good build quality.

Low Points
• The T 557 lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• This player does not support any type of video-on-demand or music streaming, nor does it feature a wireless option for connection to your home network.
• The player lacks internal memory, so you must provide your own USB drive for storage of downloadable BD-Live content.

Conclusion
The T 557 has the Blu-ray essentials--like BD-Live support, 1080p/24 output, and high-resolution audio decoding--but it is admittedly pricier than some models that add multichannel analog audio outputs, video-on-demand, and wireless network connectivity. The company is perhaps best known for its receivers and preamp/amp combos, and the T 557 is a logical fit for someone who's looking for a Blu-ray player to mate with their newer, HDMI-equipped NAD electronics.

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HTR Product Rating for NAD T 557 Blu-ray Player

Criteria Rating

Performance

4.5

Value

4

Overall

4.5

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