• The BD-P1500 offers good video performance with Blu-ray discs and solid but not spectacular performance with DVD movies.
• The player passes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD in bitstream form over HDMI, for your receiver to decode if it has the necessary decoders.
• It has the ability to play picture-in-picture bonus content such as video commentaries and featurettes.
• The Ethernet port allows for easy firmware updates, and Samsung has promised to add BD-Live functionality before the end of 2008.
• The Samsung BD-P1500 amazingly lacks onboard DTS-HD decoding.
• The absence of multichannel analog audio outputs means, if you want to enjoy higher-resolution audio, you need to mate the BD-P1500 with a newer receiver or AV preamp that can either decode high-resolution audio formats or at least accept uncompressed PCM over HDMI.
• The player does not support MP3, WMA, Divx, or JPEG playback.
Samsung's BD-P1500 offers generally good performance and most of the features Blu-ray fans want, for a very reasonable price by Blu-ray standards. You may have to wait a little while for BD-Live and onboard DTS-HD decoding, but they should come soon. It's worth noting that The PlayStation 3 offers more functionality right now for the same price; but, if you'd rather not go with a gaming console, the BD-P1500 is a solid choice.
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