Date: November 27th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around this product.
Starting with the front panel, as said earlier, it is rather simple. On the left (top photo), you have the power button, the disc tray and the eject button. The power button will illuminate red while it is off and blue while in use and operational. Tray access times are in the 7-10 second range and depends whether or not if you are playing a movie or not. Load times will be covered in the testing section of the review in a couple pages.
The blue front display is closer to the right hand side of the front panel and shows all relevant information such as the operation, the media being played, the resolution and the current movie playback time. The one thing I did notice is that the front display even at the brightest setting is really just too dim to be seen even in ambient light and moderately sized rooms.
Other than than, there is nothing else to cover until we reach the back where you will see a hard wired power cable and the main audio/video connection panel.
Taking a closer look at the rear connection panel will make the consumer rather aware that the connection functionality of the BD-P1500 is rather limited when compared to its previous generations. Although the video connection are not really lacking and have a composite, component and HDMI interface, the audio connection choices is where this product does fall to one knee. For one, the coaxial digital audio connection is gone and there is no longer any analog surround audio connections. There is one thing I do know about introducing newer electronic components to an old surround system and that is you will need to sometimes use a different digital audio connection or use analog signal cable to make the system functional. Cutting them out in my mind is giving the buyer a reason not to buy this product, it is not a way to entice them into buy. Keep all doors open and don't limit your product to only a certain user base.
In addition to the audio and video ports, you have a USB and ethernet connection for upgrading the firmware when or if an update comes available.
Other than that, there isn't much else to point out.
BLU-RAY PLAYER USER MENU SUBSYSTEM
In this section we will take a brief look into the BD-P1500's menu system. Although this might seem like a complicated system, the menu control is actually very simple and to the point.
Once you are into the menu system, you can chose between the video, music and setup. Video is basically what you are playing the the player, music is if you have a music disc playing the in the player and of course, your setup submenu is for setting up your player for your particular configuration.
Once in the setup, the first option is System Setup. This is to setup the time and the time zone along with doing any firmware updates.