Pros Fast loading time, stunning graphics & audio, clean menu.
Cons Unstable network and USB connections.
Summary As always, did some research before buying this unit and one of the main complaints about this unit being slow loading time, it was nothing to be concerned about as it somehow "felt" normal than anticipated. The graphics and sound noticeably jumped me from my seat.
Easy to play with HDMI CEC which works admirably by inserting a disc, the TV turns on and change the source to Blu-Ray input and starts playing. Clean and simple menu and setup screen to change. Although could not really tell the advantages of having 1080/24fps and xvyCC options, it's always nice to have features.
Loaded some Blue Planet, Planet Earth, other documentaries, Cars, Black Hawk Down, Hellboy, Underworld, 300, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, all of which loaded faster than I anticipated and played admirably.
If you are not much of a game player and would love a Blu-ray player now and save some money at the same time, this will not let you down.
Pros BD Live ready, Fast load times, Sleek design
Cons No DTS-HD yet
Summary Aside from the fact that this player will not decoded DTS-HDMA this player has lived up to the expectation. Firmware upgrades are super easy with the ethernet connection. My brother-in-law has the Sharp BD HP-20 and the 1500 loads almost a full minute faster than his player. Overall, very pleased with my purchase.
Pros Fantastic picture and sleek design
Cons Crap-tastic cable included....
Summary After some setting tweeks, this BD player was everything my wife and I were looking for! Reviews I read before coming home from Best Buy with it complained about slow booting and pauses on standard DVDs....didn't happen. Boot time was noticable but not annoying...heck, my LCD takes 10 seconds to boot. View both Planet Earth blu-ray and The Mask in standard with no issues.
One of the setting tweaks was elimate some black pixels that were most noticable on bright areas of the picture. Reseting the player so it knew my TV was 1080i (rather than 1080p)...must be an HDMI thing...it was too easy and fixed the issue.
Samsung included an useless audio cable and could have provide an HDMI.
Pros The Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray player is a solid choice for viewing Blu-Ray material. Great picture and rich colors.
Cons a little tweaking required on the TV in order to get a good upscaling image
Summary The Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray player is a solid choice for viewing Blu-Ray material. The picture is sharp and colors are stunning. At first I thought that the upscaling might have been a little on the short side but after tweaking my Samsung HDTV a little I have to say that this unit does a very good job with regular dvd's. I loaded the updated firmware from Samsung, which was easy and quick. Once I connect an ethernet cable I'll be ready for BD-Live. I am currently using the Samsung LN40A650 HDTV so the interaction between the two units is smooth and fast. After viewing several movies in blu-ray I have to admit that I am already spoiled with the quality vs standard dvd's.You can feel assured that buying this unit will provide many wonderful hours of blu-ray quality. Upscaling old dvd's is really good and load times for movies is pretty quick. This unit also provides an ethernet connection so that you can enjoy the benefit of BD-Live programming from the internet. Samsung has managed to keep it's promise regarding firmware updates. They even make the update process fairly simple and painless. i was a little amazed at how slick the update went considering I am not a computer geek. So, now that blu-ray player prices are slowly coming down this player should be considered because it provides more features than other players in the same price range.Samsung just released another firmware update and it's great. My BD-P1500 is now BD live capable and they added an update to make more titles compatible with their player. This is an excellent blu ray disc player.
Updated on Jan 29, 2009
Pros Boots Up Fast, Loads Discs Quickly, Bitstreams all audio formats, BD Profile 1.1 Compliant and Profile 2.0 Ready.
Cons Only decodes DolbyTrueHD into 2 Channel Stereo, No DTS-HD Decoding (HR or MA...yet...), Not Profile 2.0 as of yet.
Summary The BDP-1500 is a great looking player. It is a very sleek and sexy black, with a nice gloss sheen. The video playback is superb. The picture quality is great. It bitstreams (the same as the BD-P1400, having 2 options, "remix" or "audiophile") over HDMI all Dolby and DTS codecs. Unfortunately, if you do not have a receiver that can decode the HD Formats, it only can decode Standard Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Core in full. It will decode Dolby TrueHD, but it down mixes from 5.1 or 7.1 to 2.0. It does not, as of yet, decode DTS-HD HR or DTS-HD MA. The system out of the box is BD Profile 1.1 compliant, and is BD Profile 2.0 (a.k.a. BD Live) ready. According to Samsung, there will be firmware updates adding DTS-HD HR internal decoding and enabling full 2.0 compliance and support. Being lucky enough to have a receiver that can decode the new HD Audio Codecs, I have the player set to Bitstream (Audiophile) over HDMI and I am very impressed with both the Video and Audio I got. For the price, other than the Playstation 3, it is best deal for both Profile 1.1 and 2.0 Players. I would strongly reccomend this unit and once it can decode DTS-HD HR and is BD Live enabled I would up my rating to a 9.5!