Listener Rant: Samsung BD-P2500 DTS-HD MA Promise Broken
Listener Ted had this to say about his recent purchase of a Samsung BD-P2500.
For this holiday season, I ordered for myself a Samsung BD-P2500 at a GREAT price (around $200 after various discounts).
I was so excited because it would have great upconversion (Reon-VX), and internally decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA via its 7.1 analog outs–I have an old receiver without HDMI.
So for $200, I could get Blu-ray and high-def audio and not have to shell out for a new AVR.
But, alas, that would turn out not to be true.
It turns out that the literature I was reading that said the BD-P2500 would support DTS-HD MA via a firmware update was then confirmed (much later) to be untrue because their Broadcom chip wouldn’t support it.
When Samsung designed the thing, how could they not know it wouldn’t support DTS-HD MA??? And then promise support via firmware update??
Around 20% of Blu-ray movies are DTS-HD MA, including Baraka, a movie Roger Ebert evidently says is justification enough to go Blu-ray. (It’s one of my favorites.)
The next good player that supports all the formats is the Panasonic BD55 ($375). On principle, I will not buy Sony unless I absolutely have to.
So I’m going to sell the Samsung once I get it. This is the second time I will have ALMOST gotten high-def audio (earlier this year, I returned my PS3 because it didn’t have analog audio out).
I just don’t think Blu-ray is worth it until I can have it for $200 and not have to buy a new AVR. Why? Because services like Vudu (and their HDX video codec) are getting close to making Blu-ray irrelevant.
Ted’s quest for affordable Blu-ray goes on. I feel for ya dude. I’m the same way. $250 is about as much as I can stomach as well. For me it is a little different in that I only need internal decoding and not the analogue outputs since I’ve got an HDMI equipped receiver. That Panasonic BD-50 definitely has my eye. I’m hoping to add it or something like it to my theater very, very soon. Keep us informed Ted.