EngadgetHD is reporting that Samsung's BD-P1500 Blu-ray Disc player is now
on shelves in select Wal-Mart stores. That's not the good news. The player is
profile 2.0 BD-Live compatible, and is supposed to bitstream all the advanced
audio codecs up to 7.1. That's not the good news either. Here's the good news:
It's selling for just $349! That makes it by far the cheapest stand-alone
BD-Live ready player available. It's also likely that the BD-P1500 will be on
sale later in the year for under $300. Get 'em while you can, because they're
likely to go fast.
For anyone out there who is still on the fence when it comes to high-definition media, take it from me: Blu-rays are pretty damn impressive. You've never seen anything like it. But to fully take advantage of Blu-ray's capabilities, you need a 1080p-capable television and a kick-ass audio setup. Then you're cooking.