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The remote included is basically the same as the remote fromthe BDP-1000, except slightly larger. Backlighting is stillmissing, though the channel, volume, mute, and transportbuttons glow in the dark. The remainder of the remote’s faceis black, with black buttons. The rear is silver. The remote istough to use in the dark, as the buttons are small, everything isblack and there is no backlighting. It can be programmed tocontrol your TV for simple installations, and the Samsung BD-P1200 has the ability through Samsung’s Anynet+ systemto be controlled by a mated Samsung TV when using the HDMIconnection. The player offers all the basic features you’d expect from such a device,ith six speeds of searching both forward and back, slow motion andstepped-motion playback, A-B repeat, book-marking, access to multiplecamera angles and slideshow picture viewing. Set-up menus allow you toassign the default language, subtitles and/or digital output of PCM or bitstream with PCM down-sampling should your processor or receiver nothandle 96kHz digital signals. Dynamic compression can be switched on oroff, depending on your needs. The video output can be set for the variousdisplays currently available and can even be set to output 1080p/24frames per second if your display can handle this format for the bestpicture quality possible. Basic speaker set-up is present for the 5.1 analog outputs.
Setting up this player was very easy in each system where I used it. Iinitially broke the BD-P1200 in with my bedroom system, connecting it tothe Marantz SR8001 receiver (review forthcoming) via the HDMIinterface. While I really liked the player there and found its functionality to be the best I’ve seen from a high-definition disc player, it had to go tomy reference rig for me to do a serious evaluation. I moved the player tomy main system and connected it to my Meridian 861v4 via the coaxialdigital and stereo analog outs, ran the HDMI video output through my Meridian HDMax 421 switcher and the 121 signal amplifier to my Sony KDS-R70XBR2 1080p-capable RPTV. Something didn’t quite work withthis combination; I would occasionally get a bright purple hue to thescreen that required me to go into the player’s menus to switch theHDMI output to fix it. I assumed the player was defective, and contactedSamsung. I was told that I would need to send the player back. Impatientas I am, I instead purchased another BD-P1200 and had the same issue. Iran the player directly to my TV set and on one occasion still had thishappen, so it was likely due to an HDCP compliance issue. It was an easy fix and, once connected directly to my set, this became a rare occurrence,so I didn’t worry much about it. The advent of HDMI has simplifiedconnecting components like this in my bedroom; I literally connected one