Samsung P1500 Vs. Sony S350

leckie

Active Member
So I'm looking to pick up my first dedicated blu-ray player (hopefully tomorrow) and would just like to know if the Sony S350 is really worth the price hike? I don't care about BD-Live or any extra features it's just about the movies with me.

I can get the Sammy at PC world for just over £150 so is it really worth the £50 price hike or will I see no difference in picture quality?

Thanks!
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
So I'm looking to pick up my first dedicated blu-ray player (hopefully tomorrow) and would just like to know if the Sony S350 is really worth the price hike? I don't care about BD-Live or any extra features it's just about the movies with me.

I can get the Sammy at PC world for just over £150 so is it really worth the £50 price hike or will I see no difference in picture quality?

Thanks!
Hi leckie. :)
Both players are BD Live capable :smashin: BD PQ will be the same (or near enough) on both players.
All the best.
 

dbn

Well-known Member
heckie,

looking at both players myself, maybe people on the forum who have these players can let us know the pros and cons of both players.

:thumbsup:
 

Mr-Bananas

Well-known Member
Personally, I think the Sony is worth the extra bucks.

It can easily be made multi-region for DVD, its has a fantastic menu system with lots of tweaking options and several HDMI colour space options to suit any kind of display.

The Sony just feels really well built, and the picture and sound quality is faultless.
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
heckie,

looking at both players myself, maybe people on the forum who have these players can let us know the pros and cons of both players.

:thumbsup:
Hi dbn. :)
What audio connection will you be using mate?
All the best.
 

leckie

Active Member
I think I'm leaning towards the P1500 mainly because amazon no longer have it in stock and neither does my local PC World so I would have to fork out close to £250.

The player will no doubt be a stop gap for something better down the line anyway so I only see a few years use out of the player.
 

sneerfulbrute

Novice Member
if you are willing to wait a while I see the sammy dropping to about the £100 mark, but I expect the sony to remain somewhere over the £200 mark. Say mid Nov!
 

nwgarratt

Member
if you are willing to wait a while I see the sammy dropping to about the £100 mark, but I expect the sony to remain somewhere over the £200 mark. Say mid Nov!
The Sammy won't go anywhere near that.

If BD is the only thing playing then the Samsung is the best along with its HD Audio to DTS Re-encode feature. However, the Sony only does DTS from DTS HD tracks, DD from TrueHD and converts LPCM 5.1 to 2.0.

If using DVD as well then the Sony is much better than the Sammy for DVD.
 

sneerfulbrute

Novice Member
The Sammy won't go anywhere near that.

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You may be right to say that I have no chrystal ball, But its dropped from £300 to about £165 in the three months I've been tracking it so I stick by my prediction. it will drop by something special by Xmas time for sure!

PS to strengthen my point don't forget that the 2500 is due out soon and if the trend for new equipment to come in at a lower price than previous models samsung would be mad not to lower the price of the 1500 and £100 seems the most likely price point to go for!
 
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Scott_Mac

Distinguished Member
Great deal on the Samsung at £150 from PC World... i thought the Amazon deal at £165 was good, but £150 tempts me now....
 

leckie

Active Member
Well I'm just back from PC World, was there to price match a P1500 with amazon but ended up price matching the Sony instead :D. £195 all in and I got the only one there (wasn't there yesterday).
 

dbn

Well-known Member
kingfats,

I am using the yamaha dspa 757 amp for audio, i have a toshiba ep-35 for hd and dvd play back-now multi region, so no need for blue-ray player to be multi region on dvd playback, will only be using it for play back of blue-ray films, is there any info if the samsung can be made multi-region on the blue-ray side of things. the tv i am using is a panasonic 42px80b set to 720p for hd-dvd, x-box360 and the virgin v+ box. i have all inputs set at 720p as well as the tv, is this correct, the blue-ray player i get will also be set at 720p,
i am swaying towards the samsung just because of cost, let me know if this is the correct thing to do.

thanks dean
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
kingfats,

I am using the yamaha dspa 757 amp for audio, i have a toshiba ep-35 for hd and dvd play back-now multi region, so no need for blue-ray player to be multi region on dvd playback, will only be using it for play back of blue-ray films, is there any info if the samsung can be made multi-region on the blue-ray side of things. the tv i am using is a panasonic 42px80b set to 720p for hd-dvd, x-box360 and the virgin v+ box. i have all inputs set at 720p as well as the tv, is this correct, the blue-ray player i get will also be set at 720p,
i am swaying towards the samsung just because of cost, let me know if this is the correct thing to do.

thanks dean
Hi dbn. :)
The 1500 can't be made region free via a hack,but i think can be modded (chip) this will cost though.
Blu-ray is 1080,so really unless your sets 720p native (is it?) then it might be best to try 1080i,just test and see.
All the best.
 
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Scott_Mac

Distinguished Member
kingfats,

I am using the yamaha dspa 757 amp for audio, i have a toshiba ep-35 for hd and dvd play back-now multi region, so no need for blue-ray player to be multi region on dvd playback, will only be using it for play back of blue-ray films, is there any info if the samsung can be made multi-region on the blue-ray side of things. the tv i am using is a panasonic 42px80b set to 720p for hd-dvd, x-box360 and the virgin v+ box. i have all inputs set at 720p as well as the tv, is this correct, the blue-ray player i get will also be set at 720p,
i am swaying towards the samsung just because of cost, let me know if this is the correct thing to do.

thanks dean
As KF says, the Samsung can't easily be made multi region :(

However if cost is a factor i've just noticed Amazon are doing another deal on the Samsung, get a free Blu Ray bundle...

Amazon.co.uk: Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player: Electronics & Photo

Just underneath the product, you get a free Blu Ray bundle with the player...

I am Legend' and 'Oceans Thirteen' - Blu-ray Disc Bundle: Electronics & Photo: Amazon.co.uk

Ok, so it's "only" I am Legend and Oceans Thriteen, but still not bad, and the list price on Amazon is £49.99 for those 2 discs.... so £165 for a great player and 2 discs!
 

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