Excerpt: I decided to purchase the Samsung DVD-1080P8 because I love Samsung products for their quality and reliability. Since I own a large collection of DVD’s, I wanted a DVD player that would upconvert my standard DVDs to 1080 high definition. Now I can enjoy an enhanced cinematic experience with superior sharpness, color and details.
Conclusion: If your HD telly is HD-ready (720p), the smart move is definitely to get a decent upscaling DVD player like the Samsung rather than making the wallet-haemorrhaging leap to Blu-ray. Very cheap and very cheerful.
Pros: Before you replace your wall of DVDs with a wall of Blu-rays, check out the upscaling skills of this Samsung. It can transform grimy old discs into scintillating, progressive scan blockbusters, boosting resolution all the way to 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. An HDMI connection keeps things one-touch simple and the Dolby Digital surround (via digital or optical out) gives pricier players a run for their money. The gloss black player has a classy VFD display and stands le...
Cons: Samsung’s home cinema credentials need a little updating. There’s no component video output and DTS sound isn’t supported either – just weak composite and Scart sockets for when you’re not using HDMI.
Summary: The DVD-1080P8 is an interesting choice if you’re looking for a versatile DVD player, before jumping in the Blu-Ray bandwagon. Just don’t bother with it if the main reason for buying a player is DivX playback, as other players perform much better on that topic.
Bottom line, I'd give the DVD-1080P8 a score of 3/5. Forget the interface problems (you use short filenames) and I'd boost the score to 4/5.
Pros: Great looks, Price, Excellent image quality
Cons: Poor interface for music, video or picture files, Unresponsive command interface in menus