Pros Prices are coming down, but if it doesn't work, who cares?
Cons Will not play latest releases
Summary Samsung is one of the slowest vendors out there when it comes to firmware updates. This player, only 2 months old, with the most recent firmeware download, WILL NOT PLAY the Nov 20 release of "Live Free or Die Hard." After spending an hour on the Samsung site, looking for any information about compatability problems (there was none) I spent another 30 minutes filling out a product warranty repair tag. When I called the Customer Service Center they told me that "...that disk does not have the right format, you will have to wait for a firmware upgrade." When I complained that the Samsung site did not have any news about this problem the representative told me that they had no way to update the web information. And this is also after I paid for a return shipping lable that won't be used, for which I will probably never see a credit. This is my second Samsung Blu-Ray player (I had a P1000) and my second battle with lack of timely firmware updates. I would not recommend a Samsung Blu-Ray player to anyone.
Pros Price and Features
Cons Firmware updates for current movies.
Summary OK...I read some of the reviews posted here. All I can say is ...we are talking about watching home movies here...not saving lives.
The Samsung is a REALLY good unit for the price(Paid about $335 on Amazon).
I was able to plug my unit directly into my modem with a network cable (as per Samsungs directions in the user manual) and the player found it's new firmware and loaded it up without the need for me to get on the computer, burn disks...etc. Very cool.
The Samsung has a great image and with the current update I can listen to DTS-HD Master Audio (Sony can't say that for twice the price!).
With the pace at which the technology is moving I think it is very difficult for a manufacturer to manufacture these units, get them to market and have them totally "current"
with the new disk technology,(which is changing daily), but Samsung has provided me with a unit that I can just plug into my modem and get an update when they have it available. I think that is AMAZING. A little patience and understanding can go a long way. After all ..it wasn't that long ago that when you bought an electronic component, you couldn't update it at all.
I am sure Samsung will come thru with an update soon.
I have not run into any disks I could not play as of yet.
On the downside:
I do think the unit is a little slow and mechanically clunky..so the Sony may be higher end hardware but for the price I think Samsung is more than keeping pace here!
Pros awsome picture quality
Cons update takes forever
Summary Great picture quality. Easy to use. The update takes a while and you have to do it twice. But, after a month and 25 movies not a problem to speak of. I dont think that some of the people who wrote reviews actually bought the product.If you bought this product and had problems, you need to read the little book that came with it.
Pros beautiful design, Anynet is awesome,
Cons loading blu-rays is longer than loading dvds
Summary some of these low end reviews coming from USERS dont represent this product so well.
After installing firmware 1.2 i have no problems playing any disc(including "live free or die hard"). But one thing i will give them is that load times are slower than the average consumer using DVDs is used to with the older format. I've been using this player everyday for a month and one time, just once, it locked up. Which was weird...but i turned it off and back on and i was back in business. No Biggie.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I bought this blu-ray player along with both a SAMSUNG 120mhz 1080p tv and home theater system and let me tell you that the Anynet+ system is great. The 3 devices communicate with each other over HDMI. So lets say you turn on the blu-ray and pop in a disc...the tv goes to the HDMI input where the player is pluged in, and the home theater reciever goes to the correct audio input. AWESOME
Pros Audio decoding
Cons Machine wont play all Bluray disc even with faulty firmware upgrades
Summary This machine is full of problems like shutting down and locking-up with various Bluray disc and had problems playing standard DVD. After 2 firmware upgrades to fix these problems, other new problems would be introduced. After calling Samsung,..They said a 1.3 firmware was going to be released.
Samsung should never released this machine.
I am taking it back for the new Panasonic dmp-bd30k.