Summary: I have had this DVD player for almost a year. I have been very happy with its performance. It was easy to hook up with the HDMI cable that came with the product. The picture quality is great. The only negative would be the small display.
Summary: I usually have decent luck with buying equipment - not this time. This Samsung unit was unreliable and is inferior to others in or below its price range. The loading device would freeze occasionally, the volume would sometimes inexplicably cut-off, and it delivered very noisy HD. I've since replaced it with a less expensive Panasonic unit that puts it to shame. Consider other units before this one.
Summary: I tend to agree with most of what has been said about this DVD player. It's pretty decent, although probably not as good as of a picture as some others out there (Panasonic, Oppo) in the same price category. But then, can you really tell the difference and is it worth the extra money or loss of features? That decision is really for you to make. Different things are important for different people. The DVD-HD950 does give you a lot of features for the price.
Summary: Just bought new Samsung LCD and decided on up conversion DVD player. Went to Best Buy and they had on display both models. The foot print of the HD950 is smaller, appears to have same features but has a "cheap" black plastic case. I also did not like the fold down door of the carriage, where last years model is stationary...I just see that as a moving part doomed to break eventually.
Summary: Please don't let the false comments by Aleksey Sundeyev discourage you from reading my review of the "up-scaling" technology. It was a well thought out review that made very cursory mention of the fact (yes, the FACT) that no DVDs are encoded at 480p. The guy wanting me to check my facts should check his facts. There is no possible way that any commercial DVD of a movie, a TV show, or anything else is encoded at 480p.
Summary: This is a great dvd player, anyone who enjoys dvds will find this dvd simple to use, and easy to hook up. lots of options and its not that silver chrome color that we have had in the industry for years.
Summary: I've been comparing the video output (HDMI vs. Component) and much to my surprise, the component video out at 480P had slightly better coloring, smoothness and less pixelation than the HDMI at either 720P or 1080I. I'm using this with the Samsung 50" Plasma HPR5072. The HDMI out for some reason was somewhat pixelated, but still much sharper than SVideo or composite. I thought that the 720p or 1080i upconverted image would be better quality, but not so in my case.
Why do you want to scale your picture so many times?
David C. Everett "CacheDasher", Amazon
10 January 2006
Summary: It just kills me when people like the reviewer before last say things that aren't true, acting like they know what they are talking about. There is not ONE SINGLE DVD on the market that is encoded at 480p. Every available DVD out there HAS to be encoded at 480i, or it would not be compatable with the DVD standard. Having said that and cleared up the misconception, I must comment on other things said about this player and about the capability that it provides.