"Best Unit Available for the Money..(with a little patience)"4.0 starson by bikinfool
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!