The Samsung BDP-2500 (440 euros) has a spacious interior and the Blu-ray profile 2.0 for its Preisklassse.
- Blu-ray player Samsung BDP-2500
- Data sheet
Unlike features which effectively to enumerate using cute designed logos in the prospectus to it looks behind the scenes, if you look at what media still reproduce the player in addition to the standard discs CD, DVD-video and BD are able. From this point of view reverses the precedence of 180 degrees, as with virtually all homemade media and almost all common file formats of JPEG images about DiVX video, MP3 and Windows Media audio, the Denon digested everything from all media except for Blu-ray. The data must be supplied even via SD card. Philips has no SD card reader and plays any DiVX movies. The Samsung doesn’t even know the formats MP3, WMA and JPEG.
DiVX did not read stereoplays test sample during his practical testing yet, although the South Koreans announced a firmware with this codec. When this booklet the BD-live Internet functionality will be first unlocked, on which the tester in the listening room still had to give.
The keyword provides firmware at all for comparative product testing as this some dynamite, but the qualities and skills a player always emerge from a combination of hardware and software. Firmware is a software which directly affects a piece of hardware. And the firmware from high-definition does is in constant flux. So also applies to every owner after purchasing its hardware: on the manufacturers homepage, locate the latest firmware, or better ask his dealer for the update.
That can easily perform virtually anyone. Usually, the downloaded software only on a CD should be burned and played according to instructions. The easiest way is to players with Internet connection, as in the case of the Samsung’s that feed themselves on the net. In the course of time one should look regularly for updates, because programmers develop many useful feature and better compatibility only gradually.
The player is then with the latest bits in the belly for the first time in the rack at its competitors, comes the challenge of connecting and the configuration, which requires always a compromise between the two connecting parties.
With older playmates with analog multi channel inputs Trump Philips and Samsung, which can send both up to 7.1 channels on analogue channels to a fairly old surround, on that it enjoy the new sound formats come.
Samsung BDP 2500 has a cool trick on Commons, which is not new, because for the first time demonstrated it Toshiba’s HD-DVD player, but provides an interesting way to send all sound options digitally on a pre-HDMI amplifier for older devices: via re-encode this player makes it possible to compress the sound according to its internal processing in the standard DTS format. This is indeed not lossless, sounds but quite well and offers a huge advantage for old amplifier: it is about normal digital audio cable to transport as S/P-DIF. It applies to all three test players: they give maximum quality only via an HDMI 1.3 port in the BitstreamFormat, what current decoder partner requires.
At the beginning of a Blu-ray-practice tests stereoplays listening mutated only to the room, where the imager on the Panasonic full HD projector must prove themselves. On the giant screen research screen image error show up as if you are sitting with a magnifying glass in front of the TV. Samsung used the commonly used in many High-end devices HQV chipset from Silicon Optics. Also is only as good as you programmed it, and a bit disappointed in this case: Although he shows his virtually perfect de-interlacing, scaled the resulting frames very homogeneous and disorder-arm, but they lose significantly in sharpness. The image of the BDP 2500 appears homogeneous and easy, unfortunately but somewhat flat, both with DVD so even with BD
In terms of image quality, these three players actually stagger according to their price. In testing conditions to the cinema that they use black keys on black front and none of the remote controls offers backlit keys noticed all three negative. Unusual handling required often stroll to the light switch – annoying.
After assessing image the tester again turned on the light and once calibrated the sonically superb Yamaha DSP Z 11 (stereoplay 04/08) as a work device. For comparison, the amplifier has only its core tasks: reinforcing, re-routing, bass management, and decoding the bit streams. All other features were the testers on “Passage”.
The long, systemic switching times in the way that cause the synchronization of connected components, the various hand shakes and copy protection agreements are available when comparing the sound quality via HDMI. The testers is, that current player different phonetically so clearly, that the switch breaks are just annoying, but not inconvenient.
For a tonal quick check, still the human voice is the best, there is already a newscaster. Something found in an old Denon-test CD of ‘ 94 with a Japanese spokesman seeking American accent. It must be ruled out that it was the sameness of brands, the the Denon player this speaker at most accentuated and finely most dissipated map left. The Philips retained the same balance as the Japanese, moved the speaker but a little further away without to adjust the focus, so fine details easily blurred. The Samsung broke up again a bit lower, thing that struck mainly at S-Lauten, which were compared with the Denon already very undifferentiated, almost like “F” sounds. These characters remained the same, no matter whether the testers used digital or analog signal transmission, except that analog even more significant were the differences.
With data-reduced signals enjoys the Big Phat band one reputation; She produced DVDs of the most complex Klangstrukur and urgewaltiger dynamics. Also in this case Samsung and Philips whipped themselves properly, and who had a Samsung sound a little balanced, the Philips always musically liquid sound and more animated to the foot with rocker, although he held back dynamically audibly.
From here, the Denon due to lack of sufficient analog outputs could be compared only still digital. For this he made his best, played liquid without any sharpness crystal clear and yet solid, the band placed most appropriate in the room.
Stay nor the high bit formats of Blu-ray. Here, only the Samsung BD-audio found all traces, Philips and Denon silenced ‘Trondheim Solistene’ in PCM 5.1 from the. There were no problems with BD-video discs. Sonically, the gradation of the three Contracting Parties but also with Dolby True HD and DTS HD remains unchanged.
Technical data and test results
|Video digital HDMI (version)||1.3|
|Max resolution of HDMI|
|Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master||/|
|Decoder DD / DTS||/|
|Remote control for TV / Adaptive||/|
|Predefined picture settings / adjustable||/|
|Memory card reader|
|Ethernet for update / interactive content||/|
|Headphone output / adjustable||/|
|BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds)||10 / 27.0 s|
|JPEG / JPEG HD||/|
|Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1||/ /|
|DVD + R / RW||/|
|CD-R / RW||/|
|BD-R / RE||/|
|optical / HDMI||/|
|Hosiden / 3-comp.||/|
|Signal to noise ratio (A weighted)||110 dB|
|Output resistance||480 ohm|
|Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD||2.8 / 2.8 mm|
|Error correction surface CD / DVD||2.8|
|Power consumption standby / operating||0.7 / 26.0 W|
|Short conclusion||Has 7.1 output and network access for updates and BD-live the largest facilities in the test. Sound should be somewhat finer resolution and lively. Prima: BD audio output via DTS re-encode. Picture a touch blurry.|
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|Picture Blu ray / DVD||13 / 8|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||outstanding 96|
|tested in issue:||1 / 09|