Originally Posted by boylan13
Having tested the BD55, BD-P2500 and BD80, I would agree. The BD60/BD80 are just a little bit slow to pick up cadence settings, and slightly inferior to the HQV-based BD-P2500 in diagonal filtering. For example, the "Super Speedway" test on the HQV DVD takes a little under a second for the BD80 to lock to, with a slight glitch after it detects the cadence, then it's stable. The BD-P2500 locks to this 3:2 cadence immediately with no delay. The mixed content test, where video titles are scrolling over a film-based background also takes the Panasonic players a little bit of time to decode which leads to some tearing and combing artifacts to be visible briefly. The HQV-based Samsung does not exhibit this problem.
I could live with the BD80 as my main player though. It's not a huge difference.
I haven't tested the new Samsung players yet, but none of them offers the HQV processor. They're doing their own thing now.
From Home Theater mag:
1) Unfortunately, the BD-P2500 does not offer (24p with DVD) frame-rate conversion of DVD material like the recently reviewed Panasonic DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55. Those players allow for 1080p/24 playback of DVD material.
2) For now, the player will only decode the core 1.5-Mbps DTS soundtrack, which is similar to the DTS soundtracks on DVD today.
3) it lacks a coaxial digital output
4) The BD-P2500 isn’t a sluggish player, but I would call it average for the market today. It was a tad slower than the recent Panasonic players that I reviewed.
5) The HD decoder does have an issue with chroma upsampling with HD material mastered with a 2:2 cadence (not shown in our chart). This content represents a tiny segment of the market, but the player revealed obvious banding with our 2:2 Chroma Upsampling Error (CUE) test pattern.
6) The Reon is at the lower end of Silicon Optix’s HQV solutions, which include the flagship Realta.
I've tried the Silicon Optix’s most expensive chip, the Realta and it was too soft.
Further I've even purchased the highly recommended $1200 Lumagen stand-alone video processor. Terrible high frequencey flashing as with the HQV stadium chairs. Words cannot describe the expensive lesson learned.
With 24p displays common, a player which outputs the films native capture rate is essential for optimal (1920*1080@24p) DVD picture quality. I won't even go into its unique processing of progressive sources. The Panasonic player puts all this substandard performance by yesterdays technology behind us.
I forgot: the BD-60 is $100 less than the Samsung too! http://hometheatermag.com/discplayer...er/index1.html