Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray Disc Player with Netflix Review
- Value: 10
- Performance: 10
- Features/Ergonomics: 8.75
- The BD-P2500 offers a very attractive image with Blu-ray sources, and the addition of HQV video processing means a higher-quality picture when upconverting standard DVDs.
- The player is Profile 2.0, so it supports BonusView and BD-Live.
- This player offers quick startup, load times, and navigation.
- The player passes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in bitstream form over HDMI, and it offers internal Dolby TrueHD decoding. The inclusion of 7.1-channel analog audio outputs makes it a good choice for someone who has an older, non-HDMI receiver.
- Netflix subscribers can stream content from their Instant Queue directly to the BD-P2500.
- The player lacks internal DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.
- It does not support MP3, WMA, Divx, or JPEG playback.
- Netflix's Instant Queue feature doesn't offer as many titles as the company's mail-order business, but the company is adding content regularly. Also, you can't add content to the Instant Queue directly via the player; you must do so via your computer.
The BD-P2500 is a full-featured Blu-ray player that offers good overall performance. Its Netflix support gives it an edge over some comparably priced players, and you can find it for a lot less than its $499.95 MSRP.