If I’m being honest here – and this is TrustedReviews, after all – not a single journo I know was impressed by the first Blu-ray player on the market: Samsung’s BD-P1000. So it is about time Sammy had another go…
…and this is it, the BD-P1200. The big news is it adds HDMI 1.3 for ‘Deep Colour’ support/ higher frame rates/automatic audio and video synching and lossless audio. A ‘Hollywood Quality Video’ processor is also onboard with Sammy keen to stress it is comparable with the ones professional film production companies use and both Ethernet and HDMI connectivity make an appearance. Furthermore, the new player has been given a face lift to match the company’s high end 65 series of HD LCD TVs.
As with the BD-P1000, the P1200 is backwards compatible with CDs and DVDs with DVD upscaling to 720p/1080i/1080p. Mpeg2, MP3, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS support is in there too.
An anticipated RRP of $799 seems like the final confirmation of Samsung’s return to sanity (though a UK price hike is inevitable) and the March release date isn’t far away either. So if you just bought a BD-P1000 I hope you kept the receipt…?