Pros Much more than a BD player. Watching home movies and pictures from my PC over wi-fi without getting out of my chair. Watching movie trailers on Vudu (for free). YouTube is cool too and works great though the picture is low quality.
Cons User manual tells you how but not why. Had to do some research to figure out which audio settings to use. My Wi-Fi is too slow to stream HD content. Can't read video files with camcorder codec so you need to convert home video.
Summary I went out looking for a BD player and never expected to get all the rest at this price. I have a full 7.1 theater set up with quality equiptement and wasn't expecting to see (or hear) much difference over standard DVD's but was interested in some of the additional features found on BD's. I was suprised at the difference, particularly with the sound. My AV Reciever was already doing a good job of upscaling the video to 1080i but most DVD's didn't take advantage of all the speakers. I played around with the audio settings a bit as you can select from PCM 2 and multi channel, DTS re-encode, and Direct Pass-through. I decided to use the pass through and let my reciever do the decoding when necessary but the players DAC's were equal to the task as well using the PCM multi channel. The manual, by the way, gives you no help here so unless you live this stuff be prepared to do some research.
I never really considered VOD but having the NetFlix and Vudu built in is cool. I am not sure I will ever pay $10 or even $4 to rent a VOD movie since my wi-fi isn't fast enough to stream HD content but watching trailers in SD works fine and it is fun to see what is coming soon to theaters from my sofa.
What really excited me was the ability to grab the remote and throw the most recent pictures and videos of the kids onto the TV when Grandma and Grandpa drop by without having to dig for cables, find the camera or load anything.
If I could change anything it would be to add codec's for video cameras so I didn't have to mess around with home movies before I was able to play them back through the media center. Maybe they will add it later in a firmware upgrade. Also, although the remote is simple and easy to use, the buttons don't match up to my harmony universal remote very well so I end up with a second remote in my hand. The remote signal is also weak so, whereas I can easily bounce the IR from my harmony off the TV to hit the AV equiptment at the back of the room I have to point the BD players remote directly at the machine. No biggy for most but a pain in the neck (literally) for my setup.
Pros Picture quality is great. Netflix integration is nice...streaming looks "Good" to "Fair". YouTube feature is as expected. WiFi is Awesome Feature.
Cons Slower access times (on BD) then I was expecting. No ability to add Netflix movies to queue (Why???). YouTube interface clunky; hard to search (w/ on-screen keyboard). Issues with Mac's a bit of a heartbreaker. USB drive support fickle.
Summary This is my first BD player, and I really do like it. Though, I wonder if I'm more enthralled with the Netflix integration than anything. I had an upscalling DVD player, and honestly, I can't tell the difference between the upscale and the BD. I was a bit dissapointed by access speeds, but it wasn't a deal breaker.
Netflix streaming is pretty good. I wonder how long until they can stream true HD? YouTube integration is honestly a cool feature, but at the end of the day, it's still YouTube uber-compressed content, blown up on your big screen. I know more HD content is coming to YouTube, but till then, it's just "sub-par" to "OK". YT interface is awful...who want's to type in searches with a remote (does offer smart-searching though).
Connected to my Airport Extreme draft-n with no issues...the router is fast and so is this unit.
But...there are some issues with integrating your Mac computers with this unit. There is no native Upnp on Mac, so you have to find something compatible. I used Vuze, and while the unit is able to see the Vuze player, Vuze does not know how to stream to the BD390. Hopefully Vuze will add this a supported device. Tried EyeConnect and it worked. The unit does not support iTunes (obviously), nor does it support .MKV files (but I was able to stream .mpg files).
USB drive support seems to be shaky at best. I hooked up my Western Digital My Passport Firewire/USB drive to the BD390...and it would not recognize. This is probably my biggest frustration with the unit (Thanks for making me have to explain to my wife why the external drive I thought would work does not, and now I have to go by a completely new one...she'll "LOVE" that expenditure).
Overall, I am happy with the player....Dark Knight looked fantastic...and even with the issues with the Mac and USB drive, I probably would have still purchased this. I wanted Netflix streaming. I don't use Pandora so I didn't care about that service with the Samsung. I know I could have waited a few days to by the PS3 Slim which would have been a few bucks cheaper, offers streaming, and obviously Blu-Ray and gaming...but I have my heart set on an Xbox 360 (for gaming)...wife wanted a Blu-Ray player...I wanted gaming, and Netflix...and since the 360 Elites aren't coming down in price just yet...well..I wait...but happy with our purchase.
Pros Wonderful picture, both Blu-Ray and DVDs.
It's black (okay, maybe a hint of blue in the too-glossy faceplate, but it really appears black except in many photos).
Cons Foget the Internet connectivity features; they are extremely unreliable.
Summary Forget Netflix. YouTube is iffy. Wireless N connection is flaky. Tried everything to fix the problems--new firmware, turn off SecureSpot, static IP. On N network it refused to play Netflix 90% of time. On G network it has poor picture. VuDu is stunning. Go figure. LG denies that it's their problem, and the router manufacturers say that there's nothing they can do. And you, the customer, are stuck in the middle.
"So good, so far!"on by maynard79
Pros Built in wifi, netflix streaming, home media interface (easy setup on Windows 7), VUDU, YouTube, good controller button layout, USB port in front, design, supports all current and next gen Highdef Audio, Graphical user interface
Cons Lack of streaming video support for WMV (have to convert to avi), no Amazon onDemand
Summary I researched a ploretha of Blu-ray players before deciding on the LG BD390. My main factors were support of highdef audio, builtin wifi, and streaming capabilities. The addition of interfacing with my PC was a plus. Though the price was high in some respects, I found it for $280 after tax and shipping online. Load times exceed that of the PS3, though I have contemplated since then of whether a PS3 would have been a better way to go for the price. I don't play much games, so this also factored into my decision along with design. I was extremely please with how easy the device was to setup. Over all setup time including reinstating netflix account, and connection to PC, was right around 20 minutes. This will vary depending on your current setup.
Pros On paper, should be a great player
Cons Lipsynch issues on all media. Mediocre deinterlacing - cannot resolve 2:2 and numerous film cadences without heavy moire
Summary Quality control must be terrible at LG. I tried two players at BestBuy that both had terrible lipsynch issues on all media. If you want truly videophile quality, get a pioneer 320 and a roku for netflix for the same price.