Summary: This player actually works quite well, once you know how to properly set it up and maintain it. The unfortunate thing is that, right out of the box, it will require a firmware update. Here is everything that you need to know: - Many of the early reviews complained that it lacked a sharp, truly hi-def picture. That is because it shipped with a faulty programmed video chip. Thankfully, the firmware updates have corrected this problem...
Good player -- *if* you download the firmware update!
D. Weaver "av-tools", Amazon
5 February 2008
Summary: I bought this player, then followed directions to download the firmware update from Samsung's web site to my PC, burn it onto a CD, and load it into the BD-P1000. (the firmware became available approx Oct 2006, if I recall). After I did so, the software configuration in the Samsung's video processor was set correctly and the images from it improved.
Summary: I bought a used BD-P1000 player in October 2007, but it quickly lost its ability to play BD discs and had to be sent to Samsung for repair ($160.) I was expecting a long delay, but then stumbled across a second used player which I also bought. The first player returned from repair a couple days after the second showed up (repair including shipping was one week -- pretty quick.
Excerpt: If you buy this blue ray disk player you don’t need to threw away your old dvd’s because this player can play them all. The only disadvantage at this moment is the high price, more than ï¿½1000,00 but of course these prices will slow down very quickly if more movies are available in this quality. If you have a high definition television this blue ray disk player is the best choice for you to watch movies in the same quality.
Excerpt: What sets it different from other DVD players is that videos are crystal clear, there’s vibrant colors of your movie watching, and it allows experimental designs on borders, so I could play around with it, while enjoying the show. I guess the only con thing about this is the slow loading of disc. That, I’ve to wait like 1 minute before it starts to load on the disc and then enabling watching. But, I’m satisfied with the overall effect.
Summary: I bought this player in June. First thing I did was upgrade the firmware, then did it again mid-june. Important to keep up on this as the technology is evolving and all the new players will require this from time to time, so keep up with it. I have yet to find a blu-ray disc I can not play. The player is a little slow to load especially titles like pirates of the caribbean, but so is my toshiba HD-A2 on bootup.
Do you get the impression that most of the people that don't like the BD-P1000 are HD supporters?
Mark D, Amazon
26 March 2007
Summary: Every once in a while the BD-P1000 freezes and needs to be reset...but not very often. When I got this player, the picture was good and it had a few quirks and irritations. Since installing the firmware, the picture is excellent and the irritations have mostly gone away. I really like this player and the picture and sound (something I did not expect) are excellent. I will be very content with my BD-P1000 until further advances are made in Blu-ray technology.
Summary: I just upgraded from a Sony upconvert dvd player and installed the latest firmware (1.1) before I even started.Popped in Casino Royale blu ray and was amazed, it looks like I'm sitting at the movies, all of the softness is gone that the upconvert dvd player would display. As far as SD DVD's go, the upconverter in this player is also better than my sony was. For $500 I'm happy.
Summary: This player contains most of the features a videophile would enjoy, along with excellent craftsmanship...every bit as good as the Sony or Philips. Samsung is an real up-and-comer, and they are proving it further with their astonishing ***** (solid five star) second generation machine (available in 3/07). I've noticed that many people on this site buy according to recommendations, as shown by a 67% preference to the Philips (first gen.