Samsung - Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD Universal Player
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- Player TypeDVD Player (Single)
- Maximum Output ResolutionUpconvert to 720p/1080i
- Digital TunerNo
- HDMI Outputs1
- Composite Video Inputs/Outputs1
- DVI OutputsNo
- IEEE 1394 FireWire PortNo
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews(27 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Just what you needPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I knew this was being released in the stores on 25 Dec., the only issue was they were all closed for x-mas. I went to CC and they were all out, even online all over Texas. I decided to travel to Best Buy to give it a shot, there was one in the very back of the shelf, took it and ran. Brought it to the house and hooked it up to my system, easy install via HDMI, one cable, multiple uses.(to get the best audio/video possible you need to buy the Monster 1000 HDMI cable. It can handle 10.2 Gbps of information and can pass 120 Hz frame rate. Which means uncompressed HD sound and video, and 3D HD for the future. Dont listen to the people who say any HDMI cable will do, you are just robbing yourself of everything HD can do.) Picture is amazing! Sound is amazing! I have it hooked to an Onkyo TX-NR 905 then to a Sony 60A3000 rp. Everything looks good and plays both formats with ease, it even made my sons Elmo movie look good. I called samsung re: DTS Master audio and Dolby True HD and they said the firmware update will be available in January. This is the end of the format war, samsung has the perfect choice. Also, when I go to the video store and rent HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies at the same, time the clerk tries to explain to me they are different formats and I need to have the right player for each, I just smile and say, "my player can handle both formats with ease." Now there are no limitations. If you can find one, buy it. You will not be sorry.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
FactsPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Let's not get too carried away here hombres.This unit is not quite the perfect solution.First of all,the company did not post the current firmware update for no reason.There are playback issues regardless if one has personally encountered them yet or not. Secondly,we can only hope that the second firmware update actually will become available.As it stands right now,the Dolby True HD is only available in two channels and there is no DTS-HD nor DTS-HD Master audio.For those of us who are unaware,these are surround sound formats of uncompressed audio.They are not the same as other inferior types of Dolby or DTS.Since you can't access these (as it now stands) with this device,an optical digital audio cable is as good an option as any however,if they ever fix the HD surround sound,you definitely would need to use an HDMI cable for the audio as well as the video.You could by any optical digital audio (TOSLINK,SPDIF) cable you want and pay 800 dollars for it but,an HDMI cable that supports HDMI version 1.3 is the only cable that can possibly carry the HD audio because of the bandwidth restrictions of all other current audio cables. The chip in this player made by Broadcom is rumored to be defective beyond firmware update repair so,honestly,I would wait to see if an update comes out which fixes this problem.It may,it may not.We might have to wait until the Holidays '08 (if ever) for an up to par dual format player. By the way,here is a hint when deciding which HDMI cable to buy : Accell - B077C-007B - 2m UltraAV Pro HDMI-A/HDMI-A . This cable has the same exact specifications as Monster's best cable.This HDMI 1.3 cable supports all HD formats including 1080p and 1440p (not yet available) and transmits an all-digital signal providing the highest quality audio and video. Delivering both uncompressed high-definition video and uncompressed multi-channel audio, the UltraAV Pro series HDMI cable supports an overall bandwidth of up to 10.2 Gbps (340 MHz) for a blazing fast audio/video connection. No other HDMI cable provides better performance.There is no difference between this an Monster's 1000 series unless you fall for marketing ploys.These are the same exact cables and one is 100 dollars more than the other."A fool and his money......"The key here is the 10.2 Gbps 340 MHz bandwidth.There are HDMI cables worse than these two but,there are none better and they are exactly equal down to every last detail. I'm looking foward hoping a quality company like Yamaha or Integra or Harman Kardon delivers a dual format HD player that gets it right sometime this year.Otherwise,separate units are the way to go.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Blue Ray HDDVD combo playerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have a LG Blue Ray HDDVD player that I have had to update firmware twice. When I needed an additional one, I couldn't find anywhere, so I purchased the new Samsung Blue ray HDDVD player. It works great. I had trouble loaded the new Pirates of the Carribean movie with the LG, but the Samsung loaded and played the disk correctly. I have tried many blue ray and HDDVD movies and have not had any issues. I am sold on this player. You can output to 7.1 through 7.1 connections, HDMI, or optical Digital for outstanding 7.1 surround sound. I was so impressed with this product that I purchased the matching Samsung 5.1/7.1 amplifier(HT AS720ST) Home theatre. The sound was awesome. The total system outperformed my then current LG player with Yamaha 1000 watt amp with full Bose surround speakers and JBL powered subwoofer. I replaced what I thought was good with Samsung excellence and am very happy. The only negative was the samsung Home theatre only came with enough speakers for 5.1 so I had to order from Samsung website two additional surround speakers to make it an full 7.1 850 watt system. The system sounds great at 650 watt 5.1 or 850 watt 7.1 Please post this for both the new Samsung Player and HT AS720ST amplifier.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love it!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
For me this is the answer. I love this player! I didn’t want to go with two separate players. I simply don’t have the shelf space or enough HDMI ports on my receiver to run a Xbox, HD Satellite receiver and two high def players. Hint, hint to the receiver manufactures we need more HDMI inputs and ditch the 20 or so composite inputs, who’s still using composite anyway!?!?! Why does this player have composite outputs!?!?! Oh and thanks Samsung for the composite cable.. I bought a panny upconverting dvd player about 8 months ago and panny at least included a cheep HDMI cable with their $75 unit I did notice that light blue skys are a little grainy or noisy on one of the HD disk that I purchased along with this player. This is the only HD player I have ever owned so I don’t know if it’s the Samsung or if it’s in the movie its self. It’s noticeable if you been reading all the reviews on this player and are aware of the problem but my guest don’t notice it until I point it out. I’m using a Mitsubishi 65” DLP you probably wont notice it on smaller screens. Their has also be some reports of it doing something weird with the master audio or something like that.. not real sure.. I don’t think my year old Onkyo receiver is capable of DTS MA anyway. With the Dolby Prologic II on and the THX set to cinema. The 7.1 audio is nothing less than amazing. Samsung is supposed to have a firmware update that is should fix the DTS master audio out soon!?!?!? It loads SD DVD in about 15 seconds, HD DVD in about 30 seconds and Blu-Ray in about 45 seconds. The up converting of SD DVD is amazing! Much better than the Samsung BD-P1400 this replace. Unlike the Sammy 1400 this played Live Free of Die Hard and POTC right out of the box. Let the Format wars continue!! I’ve already won with this player!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Second Firmware Update In MayPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The firmware update that came out last week fixes the playback issues but,there is a second firmware update that should be done which is due by the end of May that will increase the Dolby True HD from stereo to multichannel,fix some BD-J and BD+ issues,and enable the DTS HD.After the second firmware update,all should be well.The first one is crucial and probably should have been done before it was released. As far as the BluRay profile 2.0 discs go,the movies will play on a profile 1.1 player.Profile 2.0 (aka BD-Live) discs just offer live interactive web features that not everyone cares about.You would need a profile 2.0 player to access the interactive features,though.Panasonic has one due out later this year,the DMP-BD50K, but it is not a big deal to me as I don't care alot about interactive web features.It is far more important to me to be able to watch movies in HD from Universal Studios and Paramount who are HD DVD only. Once the second firmware update is done,you should not have any problem hooking this up to a capable A/V receiver.I seriously doubt that you need to hook it up directly to a TV as it either outputs video over HDMI or it doesn't.The player has no way of knowing if the video is being output directly to a TV or to a receiver.It sounds more like the receiver's problem.Try the Denon AVR-4308CI for an a/v receiver.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I am 'born to the purple' and FORMAT FREE!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
One day in and I can't find a much of a downside to this player. Hooked up via component (sorry no HDMI on either my TV or AV Receiver) to a 1080i 65" Mitsubishi WS-65907 (viewed from 12 feet) via an Onkyo TX-DS989. No problems with playing back any media so far. Titles tested include; Blu-Ray Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End. HD-DVD titles; Stardust, Serenity SD titles; Meet the Robinsons DVD R The Nightmare Before Christmas (which oddly enough, does not up-convert this one up to 1080i). I have seen no issues with grain or noise, however my eye is not as trained as others and my display is about eight years old. Colors are vibrant, definition is stunning (even on SD content). Start-up time is better than I had expected but still longer than my old Kenwood KV-5700 changer. I will admit that the audio setup is a bit wonky in that I only have sound from the front three speakers when performing the on-board sound test (this happens in all modes, and I believe I have tested this via TOSLink and multi-channel). I've got it connected via TOSLink and the Onkyo's 5.1 channel analog input (funny - a $2K "flagship" 7.1 channel receiver only has input for 5.1!). The only way I can achieve audio from the rear channels is to put it into a simulation mode, so for now I am using audio connected via the fiber. It sounds better than ever, although the direct multi-channel appears to have far greater dynamic range, channel separation and fullness to the audio. My HT space is fairly large & open and I don't like to sacrifice my back channels so I'll stick with TOSLink until a receiver upgrade comes along. Some may be pleased to know that Logitech appears to have codes available as I added the BD-UP5000 to my Harmony 880 without having to "learn" any codes! I intend to test some of my other HD-DVD titles (300, Hot Fuzz, Bourne Ultimatum, Heroes) and Blu-Ray (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Blade Runner Final Cut "Ultimate Collection") but I am really enjoying Pirates III right now! My buddy who is also looking to purchase the player stopped by on his way to see I Am Legend (he later called me to tell me it was a complete waste of time) was most impressed having watched the SD version of Pirates of the Caribbean this morning. He had me jump to the scene where they roll the ship over and said the sound and detail were twice that of the SD version. He is now planning on making his purchase within the next few weeks. I assume that my firmware to be the same as many others who have posted, as my manufacturing date was 11/07 and when attempting a firmware upgrade, it was found to be at the latest revision. Firmware updates should take care of issues experienced by others, but for me the experience can only get better! One thing regarding the network setup that I have found. DHCP and Dynamic DNS work, but the addresses do not show up in the interface as one would expect. I believe the fields are only used to display manual entries. I can see the device communicating via my router, and it also pops up on my Symantec console as a device using the LAN. I have had no lockups, no video issues and no audio issues however I have not fully begun to engage the special features of any titles that I have played. Over all (although I have nothing other than HD feeds from Dish Network to compare it with), I am TICKLED PURPLE over the purchase, as well the performance!! For me it is going to be a "Purple Christmas"! Happy Holidays!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
My 2 centsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I recently purchased the BD-UP5000 and I am completely satisfied and by the least simply amazed with its features, quality, and results. I read all the reviews from this site and more sites before purchasing this unit and there are some things that I found to be helpful that I must share so that you too will smile with the WOW in which I did. First off, last year I purchased the Samsung 40 inch LCD 1080p TV. I absolutely love it! I also purchased a Onkyo HT-S680 6.1 home theater system. I am thinking of upgrading to the samsung theater to match the system up. I have now added the UP5000 to this set up and this is how I did it with NO problems, NO downloads, NO upgrades. I have watched burned dvd-R, DVD, HD-DVD, and BlueRay on this machine and have found no problems at all. The sound...... WOW! The picture WOOOWWW!! Even the regular DVDs were improved. Important info: PICTURE You will need to invest in the best HDMI cable available. This will solve alot of problems some people have with picture quality. The HD & blueray send massive amounts of video to your TV and the cable has to be able to handle this. A regular DVD sends around 347 thousand pixels per frame. The new formats send a whopping 2.08 million pixels. If your cable is cheap, you wont get the picture. I recommend Monster HDMI 1000. Monster will upgrade it free if future equipment surpasses its performance capacity. Worth the extra $$ to me! It is important to send your picture straight from the DVDplayer to the TV. There is no need to send the video info to or through your sound system to be processed or re-routed. Sound Since, there is only one HDMI port I used again, the best, optical cable I could find (monster) to go from the DVD player to the digital optical input of the sound system. Since im not inputting video , the sound system only has to process and direct the sound which it did beautifully. A DVD sound stream sends 450 thousand bites per second .... the new formats send 1.5 million bites per second. The picture goes where its supposed to , and the sound gets to the speakers like its supposed to. Even if your sound system has HDMI in/out puts for video, I wouldnt use them. It is not necessary and why overload the system? This set up may/should work with other systems as well. Using the HDMI and Optical cables worked great. To watch any dvd I only have to push the TV input button once to get to (HDMI input). I put my ONKYO on DVD and set its input to (digital Optical input). BINGO, there it is! When I want to watch TV... set the TV input back to (Svideo 1 )and the sound system to tuner. I use sattelite and its routed through the sattelite receiver to the sound system (video 1 in ) via S-cable then Video out to the TVs (video 1 input) via S-cable. This is a very fine product that plays multiple formats of DVDs and is upgradeable through firmware if and when problems do occur. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend this unit. It is worth every cent including the two cables (230.00) and I will recommend this to my friends. Hang on to your hats...and enjoy the WILD EXPERIENCE!!! ........................and thats my 2 cents.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
GREAT PICTURE BUT NO BITSTREAMPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is a great player if you want to have both formats of HD and Blu-Ray disc in one player. I'm an audiophile and to not have an important feature as Bitstream DTS-Master Audio and TRUEHD (2 channel only) to stream 5.1 or 7.1 and not at all, over HDMI is very disappointing. The good news is that it has HQV Reon for upgrading standard DVD to HD, and it is superb!. Love everything about this player and will hope that the truth of the frimware upgrade in Jan is in fact true and makes this player the BEST of all players available, in the mean time its a Duo format player with great sound but not superior which it should be.