Summary: This blu ray player is perfect! I'm upgrading my old home theater and I was convinced I needed to get the $1500 Model 3808 Denon blu ray. Well, I researched every blu ray player on the planet. This one won due to the HQV chip, the onboard analog decoder, and the Netflix interface. The picture quality of blu ray discs is flawless. Just PERFECT.
Bryan Byrd "reviewer of bad films and good books", Amazon
14 February 2009
Summary: I first began looking at blu-ray in oct/nov of last year, and I haunted these reviews and online AV forums for the next three months looking for the best player. Since I received a lot of information through Amazon (from whom I evenutally purchased this player), I felt it was the least I could do to return the favor. If you have been searching for a player for any length of time, you know that no single model or brand is without its detractors.
Summary: First, I love this blu-ray player. Not just for the requisite amazing HD picture and sound, but for the best-in-class upscaling for plain DVDs. I thought I wouldn't really use the additional Netflix and Pandora streaming features (a rare treat on this specific Samsung model, BD-P2500), but I have to admit, I'm hooked on those as well! Netflix movies are delivered straight to the unit (some even in HD), and Pandora Internet Radio is a dream.
Summary: This is a great machine at a great price for those looking to update to Blu-Ray and have Netflix. You need an USB wifi adapter or ethernet cable to update the firmware and use the Netflix features. Yes, it's a pain to hook up initially (my firmware update took over an hour to download and install), but I couldn't be happier now. Just be patient. 1) Blu-Ray discs look amazing - as they probably do with all players 2) DVD's look unbelievable. Great upscaling!
LG BD300 vs. Samsung BD-P2500 / 2550 -- a clear winner!!
11 December 2008
Summary: I was sold on the LG BD300 since I first heard about it a year ago and have been waiting for it ever since. I was planning on getting it until I heard about the Samsung BD-P2500 and figured I should at least research it a little before buying the LG, and boy am I glad I did!! That's when I found out Samsung made a sister model to the 2500, the BD-P2550. The 2500 and 2550 are identical except except for one feature, the 2550 adds Pandora Internet Radio.
Summary: I got this Blu-ray player a few days ago and I'm very happy with it.
I didn't have any firmware update problems like others had, so Samsung must have fixed this.
The Netflix feature is awesome. And it's currently one of the few devices that can stream Netflix HD video. I have it plugged directly into my router and I have a pretty fast cable connection--10Mb down. I've watched several things already and I always get the highest quality.
Summary: This is my second Blu-Ray player (my other one is a PS3). I wanted something for the bedroom and since I already have a Roku player for the living room, streaming Netflix was a plus. Got the unit last night and immediately upgraded the firmware. I was very happy to see that the player downloaded the newest firmware released yesterday which enables HD streaming. The update took about 20 minutes to download and another 10 to install.
Summary: Great player, but does have a drawback. First, it did include the most recent firmware (on cd, had to load it) which gave the netflix logo on splash. But, it is slow to load blu ray discs. Not all that slow, took about 45 seconds to load Hancock, but could be faster.
Summary: I decided not to skimp and not buy one of the "cheapo" entry level bluray players after hearing how slow most were and also how most were stripped of inputs and other functions.After doing alot of research, talking with a friend who bought this bluray player, and after trying out several units in the stores themselves, i decided that the Samsung BD-P2500 was the best Bluray player features/quality vs.
Best feature-set for the money, vastly improved quality control from Samsung
Tom and Marie Brandt, Amazon
14 November 2008
Summary: I went to the big-box stores ready to buy a new Blu-Ray(BD)player and figured I would make my final decision of either the Panasonic BD-50 or the Sony BDP-S550 once I got there, as these are the two most popular BD players that offer what I want. Analog outputs were a must for me, since my Onkyo receiver only has HDMI passthrough. But surprisngly the one that caught my eye was the Samsung BDP-2500 for $75 less than either of the other models.