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. But it’s not a stripped down model by any means, with HDMI 1.3 output for full 1080p at 24 fps, and Samsung’s Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) connectivity, “which allows you to operate compatible HDMI products with a single remote”, according to an online blurb…”
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 ease. With a price range of $200-$300, this midrange Blu-ray player is sure to appeal to Blu-ray rookies and bargain hunting Blu-ray veterans alike.
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. It may be a bit limited on its features and a bit slow to respond during operation, but once you get it up and running, image quality is very good for Blu-Ray movies and will do what you ask of it...
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 commercially bought DVD movies.
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: If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive Blu-ray player to bring your home theater up to speed with the full HD experience, Samsung’s BD-P1500 won’t lead you astray. Its simple operation, respectable performance and low price make it an ideal entry-level player – especially when many major retailers have pushed it far south of $300.
Pros: Affordable price; stylish design; crisp video playback
Cons: HDMI cable not included; menus slow to access
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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 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,...