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...
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.
Summary: With the latest firmware update, that I was able to download from the Samsung web site, this unit plays all blu-ray and standard DVD disks just perfectly. Wonderful picutre when played through HDMI to a Sharp Aquos LC-52D62U, which is a 52" LCD 1080p display. It has a quick startup as well. The memory card reader works good. Nice for showing off 3 megapixel photos. I would have given this unit 5 stars but I had to download the firmware update to make it work correctly.
Summary: Usually I don't adopt a new technology. Obviously you pay a high price and all you have to go on is the hype. I decided to endulge in the Samsung on the basis of buying a new plasma TV (Pioneer PDP-5071HD). The plasma will not support 1080p at 30 frames per second (only 24fps) and so I settle for 1080i. I purchased a couple of blu-ray dvds that I already owned so that I could compare with my existing Toshiba dvd.
Excerpt: I must confess I have been one of the most fortunate few who has had the blu ray experience. It happened one crazy evening at a friends house.... a few beers and a couple of slices of 4 seasons pizza, lights dimmed and there she was all dressed to kill..... the Samsung BD-P 1000. I guess like many I had heard of blu ray but had never experienced it.
Excerpt: Now this is a very special piece of equipment, it is the first Blu-ray disk player out so it is a really cool piece. It's really a bit for the show offs out there (like me) though. It costs a lot of money and is really not worth it unless you will be showing it off a lot because it costs twice as much as Toshibas HD-DVD players.
Pros: Great video and sound quality, looks great
Cons: Very expensive, quite a few bugs that need sorted out