Originally Posted by casey.christian
Hey, all ... just thought I'd post this link to the owners manual
. It confirms that TrueHD and DD+ can be decoded internally and sent via PCM to receivers. But, DTS-HD/MA can't be. The goods news is that it can be bitstreamed to receivers via HDMI for external decoding. The audio settings look very similar to the Sammy dual format BD-UP5000.
All in all, it looks like this could be a pretty solid standalone BD player from Samsung. Hope this helps!
None of the Samsungs have been all that solid, at best they are compelling because of the cost/feature ratio but have all been proven to be inherently buggy. Just pick any Samsung thread and jump in at any random point and no doubt the focus will be on some sort of an issue. Most of the time, when they first come out, anticipation is high and the first few pages are relatively positive and then the problems kick in. The 1500 was very much like that, in fact, I purchased a 1500 and it ended up performing as weak as it looked.
If you are a fan of Samsung, it would have been nice, especially since they added a "better" video chip, to house this thing in a box that would differentiate it from the lackluster 1500. I would think that coming from the first couple of generations, they could have learned something as apparently people seem to like the more robust players. However, Samsung is always the leader in trying to one up the marketplace by being the first to do it cheaper, and with that, comes lighter (less quality).
My feeling is that it might be a good idea not to buy a DVD player for the video chip alone, sure the chip contributes to pq but so does power supply and internal layout, two things for sure that will be skimped on this player.
I predict that this one won't excel as either a bluray or SD player, perhaps it will be a decent SD player if passing torture tests is more important than a more luxurious and potentially more reliable machine like the new Pioneers. As a bluray player the PQ won't separate it from the others. So it comes down to support and reliability, two questionable areas for Samsung.