The Samsung BD-P1500 is acceptable but nothing special.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: The Samsung BD-P1500 is a decent blu-ray player. The full 1080P picture is impressive compared to any standard dvd player. The frame rates are fine. Video playback is smooth. The video and sound quality of this average blu-ray player will satisfy just about any average consumer. Blu-ray players typically suffer from slow disc load times and the BD-P1500 is no different. It's no worse than most other players on the market, but it's no better either.
Excerpt: the player does have little quirky screw ups and you have to turn it off and back on to get it to work right again. I've only had it for a year so these little screw ups should not be happening on a fairly new player. Plus with the price you might as well spring for the 1600 that already comes with the wifi.
Good Blu-ray player, but watch out for a few things.
Bradley J. Hobbs "Hollywood", Amazon
2 June 2011
Summary: I bought a couple of different Samsung Blu-ray players and for the most part they're okay. I play okay, and from what I can tell, they play a bit faster than the first-generation Blu-ray players, one of which I bought and still have. It's as slow as it gets. However, there is one big problem with all of the Samsung Blu-ray players when it comes to connectivity to wireless adapters. It is completely proprietary.
Summary: It's OK. A bit slow. It does look good. At this point I might look for better technology, although I don't know what's out there right now. It works well, upscales well, just a bit slow. For the price I am satisfied.
Summary: I bought this model in January 2009. Overall I've been largely happy with it and it was a good value for its time. Its' picture quality is excellent. Unlike other reviewers, I've never had trouble playing DVD's or Blu-Ray discs. I never upgraded its firmware. Its shortcomings have been: 1) Everything about it is slow: loading movies, responding to the remote (especially fast-forward, geez that is slow), powering down. Newer models will probably be faster.
Summary: I bought this, because it was the cheapest available Blu-Ray player at the time. I should've waited or been willing to spend more money on a Sony. Anyway, this device only properly loads BD half the time, the other half, the device hangs on a black screen and spins the disc until I power it off. It will crash playing a DVD (the upconvert software must be buggy). The controls are sluggish and unresponsive.
Summary: Bought this and initially was very happy . Picture , control very good. Now that a year or so has passed, I have a hard time playing blu discs as formats have changed and you have to download new firmware. I'm not all that savvy when it comes to computer software, but have read other blurbs about downloading problems of firmware on this machine. I'm very leery of doing so. Buy at your own risk. Problem only with blurays Samsung should send out new discs with firmware.
Summary: I'm generally a big fan of Samsung. My last two TVs and DVD players are all Samsung. This particular DVD player works fine for watching almost all movies. I really like the Anynet connectivity that integrates seamlessly between the DVD player and the TV. I simply put a DVD in the player and the TV settings automatically update for watching the movie (TV input, screen settings, etc).