Originally Posted by HeadRusch
I think his concern is the brand, this is Samsungs low end unit, its scaler may not be up to snuff....then again I'm not sure that the HD70 had any better of a scaler...
I think the point he is trying to make by linking to the info about the codec processing, which I looked into as well. Is that the player isn't doing any scaling to output 720p from a 1080p mastered Bluray disc. Because the codec allows for the player to directly stream and decode (not scale) a 720p stream from the 1080p stream due to a substream created. The wiki is quick long, but you can easily see it's clear that the player does not need a scaler for 720 or 1080 from the bluray disc. Likely the only scaler they do include is to upscale SD DVDs. So even a cheap-o bluray player would not do any scaling for a 720 vs 1080p output for a 1080p bluray disc.
And now that bluray scaling is out of the picture. I still personally prefer my bluray player outputing 720p for my HD70.
But then I am sure others will talk about how the source can be mastered in 1080p/24 instead of 1080p/30 and that the HD70 is better at downscaling the 1080p and then keeping the 24p. But still, I like mine output at 720p.
Which again brings me back to the suggestion that since it's just 2-3 output settings, you may as well just try it for yourself once you get the player.
It's one thing to talk about settings that have tons of variations, but seems so silly talking about 720p/30, 1080p/30, 1080p/24 when it's just 3 settings that don't take long to just try and see which you prefer. Not a personal attack, but an attack on the concept of debating 3 easy to try settings.