Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc Player Review
by Clint DeBoer — August 27, 2006
** Component output for CSS-encrypted DVD discs is limited to 480i/480p only. BD software can lock out resolution above 480p via ICT and DOT tokens.
Firmware Updates: Upgradeable via CD-ROM
- Picture CAN look good on well-authored material
- 1080p upconversion of standard DVDs
- Excellent build quality
- Bargain price if compared to reference and esoteric upscaling DVD players costing much more
- Expensive debut (not atypical)
- Awkward remote
- MPEG-2 software underwhelming for most part
- Slow startup and menu navigation speed
- Most advanced features not fully implemented (or at all)
- Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD nowhere in sight
- Strict EDID implementation means it may not work at 1080p resolution with 1080p-capable displays
- Underwhelming software performance and availability
Not a day goes by that I don’t get inundated with emails or news reports of something going on in the new high resolution DVD “format war”. I am determined to avoid the tendency to break into loquacious bouts of opinion regarding the formats and simply stick to reviewing this rather fine looking piece of machinery. Believe me, it’s easier and it makes my job a whole lot more pleasant if we keep the comparisons to their own articles where they belong. With that being said, Samsung is the first product to market for Blu-ray Disc and, as such, carries the burden of taking heat for anything not yet performing up to snuff with respect to the player’s capabilities. As we go through the various functions and utilities of the BD player, you’ll get to experience what I did and perhaps get a glimpse inside what makes this $1000 high resolution player tick.
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