Date: November 27th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
Full HD 1080p
The BD-P1500 plays back Blu-ray discs in Full HD 1080p offering the ultimate in home video. The BD-P1500 also has the ability to play regular DVD's and up-convert them to 1080p for an image even better than the original.
24 frames per second output
View scenes as they were meant to be seen. The BD-P1500 can output Blu-ray movie titles original source (24 frames per second) to a supporting TV at 24fps retaining the films original smooth video quality.
Stay connected and up-to-date with the BD-P1500's advanced networking abilities. Ethernet connectivity allows you to download firmware updates for your Blu-ray player ensuring compatibility with the latest BD movie releases. Additionally this Ethernet port also enables future networking interactivity available from Blu-ray.
Dolby Digital plus, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD
Immerse yourself in surround sound. The BD-P1500 supports the latest Dolby Digital and DTS audio formats. Dolby® TrueHD is Dolby's next-generation lossless technology developed for high-definition disc-based media. Dolby TrueHD delivers tantalizing sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, unlocking the true high-definition entertainment experience on next-generation discs.
You're in full command with the BD-P1500. Anynet+ delivers streamlined, one-touch control over all your Anynet compatible connected devices such as the TV, AV receiver, and home theater. You can operate all of them with a single remote control that enables commands to be passed among devices within the system. A true "plug and play" product, it comes with a Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature that lets you operate SAMSUNG HDMI products with a single remote control.
So what do you get with this Blu-ray player.
Thankfully due to competition, a BD player that fetched about US$1000 a couple of years ago now goes for a price which is around 1/5 of the cost today. With prices around the US$200-$250 range, price-wise this is a competitive player and with the sales coming out almost daily, a thrifty shopper could get their paws on one for even less than that if they purchase it with a home theater package or during an individual sale.
Once opened, the paperwork is comprised of a full user's manual, and a quick setup guide. Both are very useful for your initial setup and for quick reference when you want more information on a current feature. If you have not set up a Blu-ray player before, the guide will hand feed you through it in a matter of minutes.
Also included is a composite audio/video cable, a full universal remote control and a package of AAA remote batteries.
Again, as in previous model reviews from Samsung, the inclusion of only a low definition composite audio/video cable is nothing less than outrage. I know an HDMI and an optical audio cable would cost maybe an additional dollar total when purchased in bulk so Samsung not including one is just a corporate decision to short change the consumer. I am sorry to get this blunt, but come on, this is ridiculous. All this sets the consumer up for is to get screwed by some electronics salesman touting that they need to buy a $100 set of special cables when what they deserve should have been in the package. I have personal experience in this happening right before my eyes a little over a week ago. In plain english the salesman stated the HDMI cable is not included but he could get them a deal on a cable for US$30. THAT, is a rip off and this is what most naive consumers are getting suckered into because some company is too cheap to supply basic cables with their product. It reminds me of the cheap USB printer you got on sale that didn't include a USB cable and in the long run, the USB cable cost more than the printer.
For this kind of money, this is inexcusable. /rant over
And out of the box last is the player itself. Samsung's BD player design is getting more and more simple and sleek with each generation. But when cutting the front panel buttons out, if you remote control is faulty and inoperable, you are literally helpless and can only do basic playback functions. Make sure you have a warranty seeing one spilled soda and your enjoyable Blu-ray experience could get rather limited.