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Samsung Blu-ray and DVD Players

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Samsungs Blu-ray lineup

Samsung's Blu-ray lineup

Summary

  • Product Name: BD-P1500
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Date: January 14, 2008 18:59
  • MSRP: $399
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Executive Overview

Samsung Electronics unveiled its 2008 line of DVD and Blu-ray players at CES. Leading this year’smodels are the BD-P1500 fourth-generation Blu-ray player and the DVD-F1080 Ultra Compact High-Definition 1080p Upconversion DVD Player. Featuring the latest in highdefinition as well as advanced connectivity with other digital devices, both players offer consumers exceptional functionality, compact sizes and remarkable viewing quality.

BD-P1500 – Fourth-generation Blu-ray Player

As the first company to introduce a stand-alone Blu-ray player, Samsung reinforces its support of the Blu-ray format with the Full HD BD-P1500. An ideal player for anyone who enjoys Blu-ray, DVDs or CDs in their home, this model takes the home viewing experience to the next step and accommodates all of these formats in one unit. What’s more, it can upconvert standard DVDs to 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolutions and offers Full HD video playback capabilities for a crystal-clear picture.

Designed with fans of multimedia technology in mind, the BD-P1500 easily connects to other digital peripherals through an HDMI 1.3 port with CEC for expanded color delivery and easy home theater control. With its built-in Ethernet connection, users can quickly take advantage of BD Profile 1.1 interactivity and download the latest firmware upgrades and more with just a click of a button. Making firmware upgrades simple and easy, Samsung allows consumers to continually upgrade their BD-P1500 with the latest features. True audiophiles will love the BD-P1500 as it goes beyond standard Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio playback to include 7.1 PCM, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution and Master Audio, Bitstream audio output via HDMI and more. The BD-P1500 will be available in June 2008. Our contact within Samsung indicated that it is not beyond the realm of possibility that this player might be delayed in order to include Profile 2.0 functionality considering that other players with 2.0 are being release around the same time. This player will retail for $399.

DVD-F1080 Ultra Compact High-Definition 1080p Upconversion DVD Player

F1080The DVD-F1080 is an amazingly compact, high-performance player with an elegant and stylish design that rivals its incredible output capabilities. Only slightly larger than a DVD disc, this minimalist design that utilizes touch-sensitive controls for a simple, user-friendly experience is sure to look great in any setting. But there is certainly nothing minimal about the DVD-F1080’s performance.

This slim, powerful DVD player can upconvert standard 480p discs to 720p, 1080i or 1080p better than ever before. It also features extensive multimedia file playback capability, including DivX, MP3, WMA, MPEG4 and more. Add to that HDMI-CEC output for home theater access and expandability, and you have an easy-to-use, high-performance player that not only looks great, but does it all. The DVD-F1080 will be available in April 2008 at $99. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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