Samsung BD-P2500 gets firmware fix for DTS-HD Master Audio

Samsung has issued a firmware update for both the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550, enabling onboard decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio on both Blu-ray players.

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While the rest of tech world was busy scouring news from CES 2009, Samsung's duo of Netflix-enabled Blu-ray players--the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550--received a firmware update to enable onboard DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. The players were promised the update "by the end of the year", but chalk it up to another delayed Samsung firmware release, as we've seen before.

The firmware is available for download from Samsung's site, and the players can be updated via a direct download using an Ethernet connection, or, for players not connected to home networks, users can download the file to a USB stick or CD, then install.

Firmware updates have always been a double-edged sword for Samsung players, as they're a pain to keep track of, but have also enabled the company to add features to older models. Now that features like DTS-HD Master Audio and Profile 2.0 support are essentially standard, we're hoping new Samsung Blu-ray players like the BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 are truly "ready to go" when they come out in the first half of 2009.