Originally Posted by bfdtv Repost from previous thread...
Blu-ray output quality, based on benchmarks from Kris Deering and sspears:
1. Samsung BD-P1200
1. Pioneer Elite BDP-HD1
1. Sony BDP-S1
4. Panasonic DMP-BD10 (with 2.0 firmware)
5. Sony PS3
6. Panasonic DMP-BD10 (pre-2.0 firmware)
7. Samsung BD-P1000
The Pioneer, Samsung, and Sony are all ranked #1 because Kris Deering -- who conducted benchmarks -- said their output on movies was identical / indistinguishable. He said picture quality offered by those players "can't be any better" and can't be improved upon, with full resolution for luma and chroma, no CUE, no pixel cropping, and no clipping. Every other player is a step down. It's possible we'll see internal decoder improvements in the future that yield a slightly improved picture in some specific circumstances, but that's not something that would show up in a benchmark.
The output on the BD-P1200 and Sony BDP-S1 should be identical -- as far as you can tell with eyes -- on Blu-ray movies. Both are an improvement over the old Samsung BD-P1000. The BD-P1200 offers the highest quality DVD playback; it is also the only player to correctly deinterlace and output Blu-ray music / concert titles as 1080p.Update
One could easily misinterpret the above ratings and conclude that there are significant
differences in the output quality of these players. Blu-ray is a 1080p source, so it's going to look pretty damn good, regardless of the player. The player would have to do something seriously wrong for you to see comparatively poor output on a quality Blu-ray title.
As a practical matter, you aren't likely to see much, if any, difference between these players with a 50" screen viewed from 10 feet. The differences are most appreciable on much larger displays and front projection systems.
If you were to restate performance on a scale of 1-10 (10=best, 1=worst), the ratings might be more like this:
These values are meant to illustrate a point. They should not be taken as definitive ratings on performance.
10.0 Samsung BD-P1200
10.0 Pioneer Elite BDP-HD1
10.0 Sony BDP-S1
9.8 Panasonic DMP-BD10 (with 2.0 firmware)
9.7 Sony PS3
9.5 Panasonic DMP-BD10 (pre-2.0 firmware)
9.0 Samsung BD-P1000
If you have a larger display and want to be absolutely sure that you are getting the best possible picture quality, then you choose one of the first three players. Then again, if you want Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD decoding, you may be willing to trade a little bit of picture quality -- which you won't even notice on most displays -- for those audio capabilities.