Conclusion: The stylish Samsung BD-P1000 is a capable disc player that unleashes the full capabilities of the Blu-ray format. Unfortunately, the initial Blu-ray titles are a reminder that there are lots of older films that need some TLC before they will look great in HD.
Pros: Supports 1080p digital video output. Good performance with standard DVD movies. Integrated memory card readers for viewing digital images.
Cons: It costs twice as much as the least expensive HD DVD player. The remote suffers from small buttons and an odd button layout. Sluggish start-up and load times, but slightly better than current HD DVD players.
Excerpt: So you finally saved up some money to buy your dream home theater system. You have your new 1080p large screen television as wide as a livingroom wall, you have your surround sound system that could rival the noise created by god himself, but you are still missing that final piece to the perfect high definition movie viewing puzzle.
Excerpt: What is Blu-Ray ? Blu-Ray is a new technology for high definition display. The name Blu-ray Disc (BD) is derived from the blue-violet laser it uses to read and write to the disc. A Blu-ray Disc can store substantially more data than the common DVD format, because of the shorter wavelength (405 nm) of the blue-violet laser (DVDs use a 650-nm-wavelength red laser and CDs use an infrared 780 nm laser), which allows more information to be stored digitally in the same amount...
Excerpt: With more than a little excitement, I hooked up the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc player. Here it is, the first Blu-ray player to hit the world. I put it right on top of the Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD player, which I'm sure the Blu-ray people would love to hear, and the HD DVD people not so much.
Summary: Let's understand something. The $999 Samsung BD-P1000 is for those consumers who want, and can afford, the latest and greatest. This is an early-adopter product. With these products come several factors: Buy it, and you will 1) have the greatest level of quality available in DVD (compared to standard definition, this is not a statement on comparing formats), 2) be subject to the occasional bug or issue associated with a first-generation product, and 3) pay more than what...
Pros: Picture CAN look good on well-authored material, 1080p upconversion of standard DVDs, Excellent build quality, Bargain price if compared to reference and esoteric upscaling DVD players costing much more
Cons: Expensive debut (not atypical), Awkward remote, MPEG-2 software underwhelming for most part, Slow startup and menu navigation speed, Most advanced features not fully implemented (or at all), Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD nowhere in sight, Strict EDID implementation means it may not work at 1080p resolution with 1080p-capable displays, Underwhelming software performance and availability
Summary: For the early adopters this is a great product, offering excellent image quality and a variety of connection options. The price tag however, is considerably higher than that the projected cost of competing HD-DVD players.