Being Profile 1. The BD- P has also been given a radical makeover, supplanting the angled lines of the P with a gently curved fascia. The first player design had its fans, but in my opinion, this model looks better. Taking centre stage is the HDMI v1. Couple this player with a new receiver able to decode the audio for the best possible performance.
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Lincoln Spector. But other models can offer better value. A relatively inexpensive Blu-ray disc player, the Samsung BD-P has performance to match its budget price. One juror noted that this model produced a flatter image than some other players, with less detail. And the Samsung BD-P had problems with The Searchers day-for-night scene chapter 20 : we could see the characters' faces just fine, but it was so bright you'd never guess the image was supposed to be night.
Surprisingly, the Samsung BD-P unit did well on our standard-definition playback tests. But on our high-definition tests, it fared worse, displaying poor colour quality and detail. The Samsung BD-P failed one test entirely. When we inserted a Blu-ray disc of Pixar's Cars , this model happily displayed the trailers, but froze on the main feature. The disc wouldn't play, even after we waited nearly 4 minutes — 1 minute longer than the instructions suggest — for the disc to begin playback.
Despite that capability, it was the worst we've heard recently in our audio tests using a track from the uncompressed PCM 5. One juror noted that the player's audio reproduction sounded duller and flatter than that of other models, with the highs and lows missing.
Speed-wise, the Samsung BD-P is a mixed bag. It powered up and started playing in 47sec — faster than all but one of its competitors — but once it started playing, it didn't respond well to the remote. More than once we pressed a button and waited, not sure if the player had actually received the signal we'd just sent it.
The player itself is easy to use: the onscreen menus are clear and well-illustrated, with attractive and informative icons. An exceptionally useful Speaker Setup screen helps you get your surround system properly arranged. The menus fail to explain a few items the concept of PCM Down Sampling isn't explained on-screen , but the Samsung BD-P's thorough, page and all-English manual takes up the slack there.
A clearly written and colorful Quick Setup Guide complements the manual. Although the remote isn't backlit, commonly used buttons glow slightly in the dark. The Samsung BD-P comes with an Ethernet port, which makes updating the firmware a breeze if you can stretch a cable from your router to your TV room. But this player won't play media off of your home network, and it won't work with BD-Live features on discs. Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.
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Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-Ray Player Review
It seems that the time for hi-def player has definitely arrived. Discs can be easily found for buying at any Wal-mart and you can easily rent the latest releases on any Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. One of the features from BD-P is the auto detection of the maximum resolution your screen can support and automatically configure the player to use it. The player recognized the full resolution of our TV, so the installation process was really plug and play. Also, this unit sends audio signal through the HDMI connector, which is really convenient if you receiver has an embedded video switcher. On receivers without this feature you can only select the audio input, not the video, so you have to switch the audio input on the receiver and the video input on your TV. RCA mono cable.
Samsung BD-P1400 - Blu-ray disc player Specs
Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Learn More. This time round all of the key features missing from its debut deck are now present, but at a much lower price. Samsung has also upped the connections count. The BD-P is a Profile 1. But if your amp is getting on a bit, remember that Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks can also be transferred from the digital audio outputs.