Pros - upconversion looks great to us!
- BD-Live 2.0 firmware has been released!
Cons - User interface is a little clunky and sluggish
- To use BD-Live after upgrade, you must leave your flash drive stuck in the player!
- The player is low on flash and hangs if you remove the flash drive!
Summary Bottom line: This is a fantastic economy player for $210 which is what we paid (shipped) at christmas time! We watched Prince Caspian and thought we were looking at a Blu-Ray disc the quality was so good!The other downside to this player is the remote, which has "tiny and tinier" buttons and a weird layout. There are at least 3 types of menu buttons, randomly scattered on the remote. The pause and play buttons are on different rows of the remote! It's easy to hit "Chapter Skip" when you want to FF. I hope you get the picture!
About the only downside is that occasionally the blu-ray player, when I hit "menu", will stop feeding a signal into the TV for a few moments, causing the TV to put up a "No Signal" message on the screen. Not smart, Samsung !! Also, the BONUSVIEW feature puts an annoying icon on the screen, and to get rid of it you have to stop everything, and turn off a big chunk of all your displays! NOT SMART, SAMSUNG!
Still, we are completely satisfied with this economy player!
Since there exists NO BD-Live content WORTH HAVING, you're wasting your money buying more than this basic player offers!
Updated on Dec 31, 2008
Updated on Jan 1, 2009If you are thinking about a BD-2500, why not try Netflix Streaming from your laptop using S-Video? I think you'll find that you don't want to bother with the BD-2500 if you preview the quality and lagtime of a Netflix streamed video before you purchase it !! Anyway, if we want this feature we can always use our laptop, so the BD-1500 is all we need for the foreseeable future!
Updated on Nov 6, 2009We've watched about 50 movies on this player so far. It was an awesome value (only $200), and I understand it's relatively fast (although I haven't had much opportunity to compare). Playback quality on our LN52A850 television is fantastic, as is the sound. I also like the anynet feature that redirects the TV to the blue-ray signal when you insert a disk into the player. We haven't tried the BD-Live 2.0 but we'll be trying that very soon. So, for a rock-bottom price, I feel like this product "does it all" - whats not to like ??
Updated on Nov 6, 2009Half the time I'm taking the DVD out of the Blu-Ray player to check if it's really just a DVD ?? The upconversion on this player is excellent, imho.
Pros - Fast load times
- Decent feature set
- Easy setup
Cons - Not upgraded out of the box
Summary I found this player at Best Buy for $199 during a manager's special sale. After getting it home, it only took about 3 minutes from setup to watching a movie. Movie load times were are 10 to 15 seconds, as opposed to minutes with some players. The setup menu was easy to navigate and easy to follow. Will upgrade firmware soon to take advantage of Profile 2.0. Best bang for the buck out there!
"Solid Performance"on by nolanski
Pros Plays everything I've thrown at it BR and DVD without any issues. Respectable load time on BRs less than 30 seconds on most. Good upscaling for DVDs. Beautiful picture.
Cons Doesn't have internal decoder for DTS-HD at this time.
Summary For around $200 excellent value and I can't tell the difference in picture quality over my son's PS3 on my Samsung PN58650A.
I would by another if I needed one.
Pros When it worked, the picture quality from Blu-ray and DVD discs was excellent. Loading time for this unit is reasonable. The remote is great.
Cons From searching on the web, it is clear that this unit will stop working at some point, with most noting it at about 1 year. It appears this is a known issue for Samsung but they have failed to resolve it. I e-mailed Samsung as follows:
Summary Doing research on the web I found that hundreds of owners of this unit are complaining of this unit not working after around a year. What is disaapointing is that Samsung has known about thios issue for a long time and yet has provided no solution. I even found that Samsung has a class action lawsuit pending for knowingly selling units that do not work shortly after purchased in late 2008. I have e-mailed the law offices of Morgan & Morgan here in Orlando to see whether a I personally can file a lawsuit or if a class action lawsuit can be considered to include a recall of this product for fixing or replacement. I'll write their response as soon as I get it. In the meantime, in my case, the reading of blu-ray discs is no longer possible. I get a message "this disc cannot be read". I have followed tech supports recommendation of updating the firmware to the newest which is v2.6 released on January 2010. I also did a reset to default factory settings. I unplugged the unit overnight and plugged it the next day, yet no fix. I'm hoping that Samsung will take ownership of this problem and provide a fix at no cost, perhaps with a firmware update sometime very soon.I found archived firmware updates as old as version1.3 at the following site: http://www.mediafire.com/bd-p1500-firmware. The list all for USB and CD up to v2.5. I'm going to try downgrading the firmware to the oldest to see if it fixes the problem and then go from there.
Updated on Apr 18, 2010
Updated on Apr 19, 2010Downgraded firmware to v1.3. It did not restore playback of blu-ray discs. The good news is that I got an e-mail response from the attorney's office and they want me to call them for a phone interview regarding my potential case against Samsung.
Updated on May 6, 2010Samsung released another firmware update on 04/23/2010, version 2.7. I was hoping this would fix my player which only plays DVDs but not any blu-ray discs. Guess what? It did not fix the problem.
Pros Great colors and compatibility with Netflix/Pandora
Cons Serious issues with disc compatibility
Summary The major issue with this product is the disc compatibility and the customer service of the manufacturer. I don't normally write reviews, but I love Cnet, but didn't use them in the purchase of this product. The pro's review noted issues with disc compatibility and let me tell you...it's for real! If you don't mind having to find alternate ways to watch certain movies (I'm using my laptop) then go ahead and purchase this product.