Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray Player - Samsung BD-P1500

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

On the whole the Samsung’s performance comes very close to that of the Panasonic DMP-BD35, which is a compliment indeed, though the Panasonic’s images are just a touch crisper and sharper.

As for DVD playback, the Samsung does a fairly good job with the tricky Seven disc, taming the noise a little more effectively than the DMP-BD35, but it’s still no match for a dedicated upscaling DVD player from the likes of OPPO or Denon.

Sonically the BD-P1500 is impressive, orchestrating The Shining's uncompressed soundtrack with pleasing openness, clarity and detail. We can’t fault stereo CD playback either, which is clean and well-balanced. On the downside, during Transformer's BonusView 'Heads Up Display' the secondary audio is fairly quiet when mixed into PCM and was hard to hear over the primary soundtrack.

Verdict

It may not be the most user-friendly or feature packed Blu-ray deck around at the moment, but the bottom line is that the BD-P1500 allows you to get your hands on a Profile 1.1 player for under £200 if you shop around, and that’s not to be sniffed at. Its picture performance at this price is excellent, but the best part is that it can be upgraded to support BD Live, which means it’s not going to be outdated any time soon. Those who want DTS HD MA decoding, multimedia playback and analogue audio outputs should look elsewhere, but otherwise the Samsung is a great choice for those who want to upgrade to Blu-ray on a tight budget.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 9
  • Features 6
  • Design 9

jopey

September 25, 2008, 4:34 pm

Looks pretty good... If it has a multi-region hack for SD and Blu-Ray then I would definitely pick one up once that 2.0 profile firmware is out. Do other samsung blu players a region hack?

Pbryanw

September 25, 2008, 6:52 pm

Sounds good - a Profile 2.0 (potentially) compatible Blu-ray player for under 𧶀. I'm interested. I just wish I had a bigger TV to do it justice. At the moment I only have a 26" HD-Ready one, so I doubt I'd see much detail?

Danny P

September 26, 2008, 2:49 pm

Pbryanw - You will definitely notice the increased detail on a 26in screen, but you're absolutely right, it does look better on a bigger screen.

Andy Vandervell

September 26, 2008, 4:10 pm

This is bound to hit below 𧵎 by Christmas. Maybe it'll be the player helps ignite Blu-ray for the masses...

Mike Jones

February 23, 2009, 5:06 pm

I got this one free with a Samsung 656 (which I have offered my thoughts under TV's) and well, it's my first venture in blue-ray land, the proper BR disc is incredible in 1080p through the Samsung 1080p 40" TV. Up scaling is so good I thought I was watching blue-ray quality! Harry Potter non-blue ray amazing as what JD in Pirates of the Caribbean, on I shall end up with square eyes. Although you can probably get better (say others) I simply don't believe it, AWESOME and an 11 out of 10 from me.

Murf15

October 28, 2009, 12:13 am

My BD-P1500 has started to pixelate. To start with it was happening on the odd one or two discs but now half of all played are having the problem.(BR discs) The player is just out of its warrenty but has been updated once via the samsung web site 6 months ago. Can anyone help with a solution? many thanks Murf.

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