"Sleek, Fast Load Times and Stable."4.0 starson by SLKabaker
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!