Originally Posted by AdmiralJoker
Having this player for about a week, I must say I am rather impressed. I know many people, including myself, were waiting for the mythical Panasonic DMP-BD50. Well, after seeing the price point they are asking for it, and comparing it to the features of the Samsung BD-P1500, I decided it its more economical to purchase the new Samsung player then wait for the Duke Nukem of Blu-Ray payers.FIRST THOUGHTS
My initial impression was WOW! This player is currently the cheapest player on the retail market, and it defiantly does not look like it. It's picture quality is excellent, and from what I can tell from my rather antiquated sound system, it is leaps and bounds better than DVD. Hope to get myself a 7.1 system supporting all sound formats soon so I can really put this player to the test.
It is from what the box says is Profile 2.0 ready(?). I guess these are like old school stereo receivers that say they were Dolby Digital Ready back in the 90's. Anyway, I have not seen anything in the manual that mentions this, or various other features in the box. My guess is the manual was produced BEFORE the final specifications on the player were done. No surprise since my Oppo was the same way. So, do not look for the manual to solve any mysteries about his player's specification.
Now you're probably thinking, in my best Shaggy impression, Zoinks Scoob! How are were gonna solve the mystery of the mystical player specs? Well rest your fears because the BOX was made last it seems and contains all the logos and information you need EXCEPT ONE! There is no mention of DTS HD Master Audio, only DTS-HD. So, I do not know if this player supports this format or not. What is funny is the manual does not even mention ANY DTS SUPPORT (It does do DTS-HD so do not fret). Silly Samsung, Trix are for kids, and apparently so are well written manuals.VIDEO
I compared this player to a few other players I saw on display in the store. It looks just as good as any other player I have seen, or at least as my best estimate can be since a lot of the players are on TVs set in burn mode. But in my perfectly calibrated TV, as my wife calls it when I start to annoy her by changing the settings on my TV during her STORIES, it looks excellent. The colors are vivid and I have not seen any defects what so ever on the various movies I have seen that were not due to the movie itself.
Now lots of people probably want to know about the SD quality. Well, it's actually not THAT bad. I mean, it is not as great as my Oppo 981HD of course, but if you do not want DVD players in the same room, do not have enough HDMI ports, or have a significant other who keeps saying, It plays DVD's, you don't need two out here it is an very good replacement.
It does an excellent job of playing Standard ratio material. The player has an auto ratio option, which is always a plus. It also supports Stretchovision as well for those who *Shudder* prefer that look. So, those of you who watch a lot of TV box sets (like myself) will be very satisfied with the results. My Get Smart DVDs look just as good on the 1500 as on my Oppo.AUDIO
Okay, I will not rate this since my speakers sound about as good as two tin cans connected by a string. The sound is gets some distortion at time, but that is not the players fault. It is the fault of my budgeting skills for not allocating any money to upgrade my speakers and receiver yet. Now, aside from my rather ancient speakers, it does a great job with the sound options available. There is no issue with any playback, and comes out better than I expected.
The player has a PCM, Bitsteam Re-encode, and Bitstream Audiophile options. Each one is set to certain peoples' needs.
Now PCM decodes Primary, Secondary, and Effects channel together into PCM. According to the manual this will CONVERT Dolby True HD and hints at the may even decode DTS-HD MA into multi-channel PCM. (See page 35 of the manual). Wait WHAT IS THIS!!! A mention of DTS-HD MA? So, if it cannot play DTS-HD MA in this mode, does that mean in Bitstream it will? Also, why are they mentioning DTS now, but nowhere in the specifications for the player in the manual. Ugh, I feel I am going to need a roll of duct tape before I am done.
Re-encode does the same thing as PCM but converts it into a DTS signal for receivers that only have an optical output for DTS. This can result in worse sound than PCM or Audiophile, but I think is intended for people in my situation with an older DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 setup.
Audiophile is straight forward bitstreaming of all audio formats. So, now I guess that means including DTS-HD and DTS-HD MA. Now, it does not say that, but does imply this. Now, I do not like when things are implied. I like it when things are straight forward. I will contact Samsung to confirm this and request they update their manual later.
It is nice to see they give you some nice audio options, even if they are rather cryptic about them. I will have to wait a few months to really try the sound out on this baby when I get my new system.PLAYBACK
This player is VERY quick at loading. It takes usually less than a minute for a disc to start up. It also supports every function of each disc I have tried so far, and I can turn the player off and it will resume from where I left off.
All features are support on every disc I threw at it, and am very impressed with it. It takes a few moments in between title changes, but is not that bad. It is faster than the PS3 from what I have seen, which is quite impressive.FINAL THOUGHTS
All in all I have to say this player is great for those of you who want to take the plunge and not break the bank. For the price I paid, I was not expecting such good quality. I highly recommend this play for anyone who wants a Blu-ray player with full features, and excellent quality.