Conclusion: The Samsung BD-P 1500 guarantees a perfect Blu-ray movie experience. Its multimedia capabilities, however, lag far behind those of the competition, and don't even match those of the earlier BD-P 1400. Furthermore, the built-in Ethernet connection does not support BD-Live.
Pros: Excellent 24p movie picture., Bitstream output of HD audio., Film-mode detection for DVDs.
Cons: Flicker in HDTV material at 50 or 60 hertz., No decoder for DTS-HD., No BD-Live.
Excerpt: “I haven’t seen a Blu-ray player for $49.95 at Costco yet, but prices are coming down, as this recent model from Samsung attests. The BD-P1500 is being sold for close to $200 in Canada, and for as low as $150 in the US.
Summary: The Samsung BD-P1500 offers generous Blu-ray functionality at a budget price, thanks to several firmware updates and aggressive retailer discounts.
Pros: Recent discounts make it a bargain; Profile 2.0 compatible with a firmware upgrade; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD; very good image quality on most Blu-ray discs; Ethernet port for firmware updates.
Cons: DVD playback will disappoint videophiles; no analog multichannel outputs; onboard DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.
Excerpt: With Blu-ray 2.0 becoming the standard in the latest Blu-ray players, it's hard to consider falling back on the models not sporting the latest technology. But Samsung's popular BD-P1500 is their third generation player, and offers a very refined design and capability to stay up to date with relative...
Conclusion: The Samsung BD-P1500 is competitively priced and creates its own niche. Someone looking for a solid basic Blu-Ray player on the cheap but doesn’t need the extras like BD-Live may want to place the BD-P1500 on the shortlist. The Samsung BD-P1500 is a good basic Blu-Ray player.
Pros: Very good image quality for Blu-Ray, actually stunning, Very quiet drive under operation, No fans makes unit quiet under operation, Elegant design simplified, About $100CAD cheaper than the competition, Takes care of most High-resolution audio formats
Cons: Profile 1.1, not the newer profile 2.0, Sluggish GUI system, DTS-HD Master Audio decoding not present, Standard DVD upscaling, I really get annoyed with the sluggish feeling
Excerpt: I connected my 32” HDTV to the Samsung BD-P1500 and was surprised how much crisper the picture was compared to the HD broadcast. I wasn’t sure it would make a big difference since I don’t have 1080p, but Blu-ray discs look much better than my up-converting Panasonic DVD recorder when it plays...
Excerpt: When the dust is settled and the Blu-ray movies are put away, the BD-P1500 is a very capable BD player that has the "out of the box" functionality to be easily inserted or included into any recent home theater system. The picture quality was excellent and the audio playback was exceptionally clear.
Conclusion: Similar Products Tested Manufacturer's Specifications for the Samsung BD-P1500: Compatibility: Video:
Pros: Classy design, Bitstreaming of the advanced codecs, TrueHD decoding w/ DTS-HD decoding to come via a future firmware update (currently promised for "fall, 2008"), BonusView compatible and BD-Live ready, 1080p/24 output, Good handling of 3:2 conversion, Classy design, Bitstreaming of the advanced ...