Another bonus of the HDMI output is that you can take advantage of CEC technology (dubbed Anynet+) which lets you control the player with a Samsung TV remote, and automatically powers up the TV when the player is turned on.
The player’s Movie Frame function can output Blu-ray movies in pure 1080/24p, but if your TV doesn’t have a 24fps mode then you can turn it off and output at 60Hz. Also available is 1080i, 720p, 576p and 576i output, plus you can upscale DVDs to 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Should you need it, 1080i and 720p output is also available from the component video sockets.
The player fully supports BD Java discs but its digital media file support is fairly limited, restricted to just MP3 and JPEG playback. It will, however, play DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs.
The menu system is beautifully presented in hi-def with jazzy colours and fonts, but it does dither slightly as you move through the options. Samsung sticks with its usual stylish, slim remote design, which can be fiddly to use at times but features generally sound button placement, particularly the direction controls. Proper backlighting would have made it even better though. The disc loading time is relatively quick, getting our ”Déjà Vu” Blu-ray disc up and running in under a minute, which is still a long time but a huge improvement on the snail-like BD-P1000. It does take longer with Java-heavy menus found on discs like ”Spider-Man 3”.
Watching this dumb Denzel Washington time travel flick on the BD-P1400, it’s clear that Samsung has ironed out the picture problems that blighted the P1000. The inclusion of pure, uncompromised 1080p output brings a crispness to the picture that really draws you into the screen, and there’s no noise to get in the way of its exceptionally sharp and fine detail reproduction.
Take for instance the aerial shots of hurricane ravaged New Orleans. The ruined houses and debris are rendered with pin-point accuracy, helped along by a superb black level that gives the picture a tremendous sense of depth. Colour reproduction is powerful yet natural, making the picture look dazzling without being garish or artificial.