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BD-P1200 REVIEW AVrev.com

BD-P1200 REVIEW AVrev.com

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The BD-P1200 is loaded with goodies. It has an HDMI 1.3 output capable of Deep Color and HQV video processing for maximizing your standard- definition DVDs. It offers internal decoding of Dolby Digital Plus and outputs uncompressed 7.1-channel audio via its HDMI output.
The BD-P1200 is loaded with goodies. It has an HDMI 1.3 output capable of Deep Color and HQV video processing for maximizing your standard- definition DVDs. It offers internal decoding of Dolby Digital Plus and outputs uncompressed 7.1-channel audio via its HDMI output.

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BD-P1200 Blu-ray Player
Blu-ray Players
review date:
September 2007
reviewed by:
Ken Taraszka, MD
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Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray Player
I’m sure you are all aware of the format war between Blu-ray and HDDVD. Both sides seem to be dug in for a hard-fought and lengthy battle.Some consumers, still bitter over the last format war between SACD andDVD-Audio, are choosing to sit this one out. Others, myself and other AVRev.com writers included, are taking a drastically different approach. Ipersonally have purchased more than five players from each of the twoHD formats since they have been released and have been enjoying bothformats to their fullest. There is simply no substitute for the increasedresolution these discs offer over even the best scaled standard-definitionDVDs. Samsung was the first company to produce a player with true1080p output, the BDP-1000, and is now shipping their second-generation Blu-ray player, the BD-P1200. Carrying a retail price of $599,the new BD-P1200 promises to significantly improve on load times andthe generally clumsy operation of the first-generation players, as well asoffering full HDMI 1.3 support. The BD-P1200 also will scale standard- 
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definition DVDs up to 1080p, in addition to as playing CDs, MP3s andphoto discs. The BD-P1200 is loaded with goodies. It has an HDMI 1.3 outputcapable of Deep Color and HQV video processing for maximizing yourstandard- definition DVDs. It offers internal decoding of Dolby DigitalPlus and outputs uncompressed 7.1-channel audio via its HDMI output. Allowing the use of the new Blu-ray Java system and also functioning as aCD player, the new Samsung BD-P1200 seems to have all the basescovered. It will even play your MP3 and photo CDs or DVDs, as long asthey are on CR-R/CD-RW/DVD-R or DVD-RW formats. It will notplay CR+R, CD+RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW discs. The BD-P1200 comes packed in a basic blue and white box, held securely in place with Styrofoam blocks and wrapped in a foam sheet to protect itssmooth finish. Included in the box is the remote (with batteries), manual,quick set-up card, information for registering the player online and acomposite video and stereo analog RCA interconnect. I must say, with allthe press surrounding this so-called format war and the seemingly endlesssales growth of HDTVs, why oh why are companies not including HDMIcables with their players? Seriously it’s 2007, people, get with the program. Opening the box and unwrapping the player reveals a Blu-ray player thatis cleaner-looking than the first-generation unit. The front is a shiny black that slopes back slightly for the upper three-fourths, while the lowerportion slopes in steeply to the bottom of the player. The majority of thetop portion is flat, but the lower edge bends down and seems to sag in themiddle, with a deep groove between the two areas. A blue light in themiddle of this groove comes on when the player is on. The top and sidesare finished in a matte black and the player rests on small rubber feet thatare permanently connected to the base. The BD-P1200 measures as nearas makes no difference 17 inches wide, three inches tall and 13 inchesdeep, and weighs roughly six pounds. The player is pretty simply laid out. The power button, which lights bluehen on, is to the far left of the face, with a standby indicator light nextto it. The disc tray is on the upper left side of the face, with the smallopen/close button to its right. The majority of the right side of the face isused for the display and on the far right is Samsung’s round, four-way tiltswitch that controls transport functions. A small button on this controlsthe lower left side and selects video output type. The rear of the playerhas 5.1 channel analog outputs, a pair of stereo analog outs, composite, S- Video, component and an HDMI video output, as well as an Ethernetport and both optical and coaxial digital outs. A small fan is just to theright of midline on the rear and is always on when the player is poweredup. A permanently attached two-prong power cord comes off the topright of the rear.
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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

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