As a magazine priding itself in in-depth reviews of top-notch audio equipment, I find this BR review (and many others on your site) greatly lacking. When you critique the sound and say "The Samsung doesn’t have the full-bodied delivery of some rivals" or "there’s a slightly hard edge to the sound, most noticeably in the treble" and say nothing more on the subject, how am I to conclude anything about the capabilities of the player?
The questions that are therefore raised are: Was the sound delivered through the digital output or the analog to your receiver?
If digital, What processing was used? were you using the internal decoder and sending PCM to the receiver, or rather bitsream?
The biggest question is: If you were using a digital audio signal, how at all is this going to cause the sound to be different than another player's digital stream? the variance in sound quality between players when outputting a digital signal should be negligable to non-existent, so how is it that you were able to hear the difference in the quality of sound in this case between this player and others?
As a side note, the respectable, and much more detailed review done by AVForums.com/reviews ( http://www.avforums.com/reviews/Samsung-BD-F7500-3D-Ultra-HD-Smart-Blu-Ray-DVD-Player-Review_510/Review.html ), has high praise for this player and were not at all showing concerns regarding its audio quality (or its picture). Additionally they awarded it a "Highly recommended" badge.
When all is digital today, I find it hard to believe that there are such great differences between two players in the picture and sound department. It should all come down to user interface, load times, build quality, smart features, extras etc.
Do correct me if I'm wrong.
thanks for your message. We tested the sound quality over HDMI (both bitstream and PCM), and using the analogue outputs. Across them all we found the sound character to be very similar, (and as described above).
In our experience, Blu-ray players sound different and we report this in our reviews. In most cases, the differences in sound quality are more apparent than they are with picture quality.There are a lot of things that can affect digital playback - these include how the player reads the information off the disc and subsequently processes it.
We heard the Samsung in the company of its closest rivals, such as the Panasonic DMP-DBT330 and Sony BDP- S790 which sounded superior to us.
Blu-ray players are always judged heavily on picture and sound - yes, the other aspect you mention are taken into account and help differentiate between products too.
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