The BD-P1500 is Samsungs first serious foray into the recently settled high definition player market. Having launched a less than successful dual format player, Samsung have now come in guns blazing with a sensationally priced player which is half the price of the Panasonic DMP-BD50, but is it as good?
Finished in gloss black to match their current range of LCD televisions the Samsung BD-P1500 is an attractive machine. It has a low profile and uncluttered front panel to give it a clean modern look. It is quite a light machine, which some would see this as an indication of flimsy build quality, but whilst we would have liked it to have a bit more weight to dampen down any potential vibrations, it certainly appears to be well made. It also has most of the features you need including being able to output an un-decoded audio signal to your AV receiver if you have one. The only noticeable omission is the BD-Live (Blu-ray Profile 2) but this should be coming soon via a firmware upgrade, and will probably be included as standard in the next few months.
At this price point it is hard to beat – the RRP of £289 and the average current street price of around £180 – is a great price for a Blu-ray player so early in the formats life. Whilst it doesn’t excel at any one thing it does perform everything you need it to very well indeed.
What to consider before you buy the Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player
It is currently only Blu-ray profile 1.1, and not the latest profile 2 (BD-Live), but we’re told by Samsung that is will be upgradeable by a firmware update soon. This is a fairly simple procedure that can be performed using the built in ethernet socket, but if you are not happy about doing this, then this player is probably not for you. Blu-ray disc load times are still a bit of an issue, and some discs can take a minute to load, which is something that can get frustrating.
Why you should buy the Samsung BD-P1500
Overall, we really like the Samsung BD-P1500 and it is a welcome new player at an important price point. If you are worried about investing in a player so early in the formats life, the street price tag of £230 should calm your nerves, and this with the looks and the performance go together to make it a recommended purchase. Rating: /5