"2nd time is a charm"on by alsdock
Pros Standard DVD's definately better and BluRay disks are perfect. Loads / Reads / Resumes / ejects promptly as expected
Cons Haven't been able to connect wireless yet in order to view added features. Additional cost to do so is disappointing but not a deal breaker.
Summary I purchased a BD-P1590 from Sam's Club for approx $180 after getting researching on-line reviews and comparing to the BD-P1600 (about the same). I connected to a Samsung LN-T4669F 46"LCD via HDMI cable, but had difficulty with the Allnet+.
After trying for about 10min it finally connected. I loaded a regular DVD and during previews it froze. Removed and tried again but this time it couldn't read the disk. The display read "close". I called Customer Service and they wanted me to send it back for repair. I decided to return for another unit figuring if the second one is bad, I'll try a different brand. No problem with the exchange from Sam's Club.
The second unit connected immediately without any problems whatsoever. The initial screen listed all 4 options; Blu Ray, Netflix, Pandora & YouTube. (the first unit only showed NetFlix & Pandora). I then inserted a regular DVD (same as before -Across the Universe). The previews ran perfectly and the movie played flawlessly. I then played with it by stopping, ejecting, resuming searching, etc. with no problems. I tried another movie, again no problems. Powered off unit and it immediately switched to the TV as it was supposed to. A few days later we watched a BluRay movie, Night of the Museum. It was superb, absolutely the way it was intended to be viewed, clear, precise, enjoyable. Actually it was unbelievably perfect. I am very satisfied with this unit so far. I've had it for a few weeks and it's used practically everyday by my daughter who's a movie nut. She said it's definitely an improvement from our old DVD player.
I'm aware that Samsung's customer service has many complaints by dissatified consumers but I preferred to get a Samsung player to minimize the remote controls. However, now that I am familiar with the features of both TV and BluRay player, both controls are somtimes needed because the disc player cannot control all of the features from the TV and Vice Versa. So don't plan to put away the TV control permanently. On that note, brand loyalty goes out the window which helps me decide on the complimenting audio system; definitely not Samsung.
It appears that the first player purchased was defective but the second (replacement) player is good. This happens, as I recently experienced the same problem with a bluetooth notebook mouse. I don't feel I've spent a lot of money for this player, comparatively speaking, so for my purposes it fits our needs and does what it's designed to do. I recommend this unit but if the first unit seems goofy or doesn't operate well, give it a 2nd chance. But be sure to purchase it from a place where you can return it.
Pros Out of the box setup is a snap. Internet connection and firmware update happened just as expected. Every function works as advertised.
Cons Wireless connection requires a special Samsung adapter so I used an ethernet connection.
Summary I unhooked my old DVD player and then hooke up the P1590. It was perfect to set it up. After the firmware update, I connected to my Netflix account and had an HD movie playing in minutes. Then I tested Pandora and again, perfect. You Tube also works perfectly though I have not yet gone through my account for this. I have watched a non Blu-ray movie and it was just fine. Sound was perfect. I use a Harmony remote and had it programmed in less than 5 minutes! All in all this a case of getting more than I paid for.
Pros Easy to use, Great picture when upconverting standard DVDs, Pandora and Netflix Streaming, Attractive design, Automatic firmware updates when connected to a network.
Cons Touch-sensitive transport controls are very sensitive, Disk load time, Inability to resume playback at the last stopping point without creating a "book mark", Remote is not backlit.
Summary For under $200, this is an excellent option for those looking to foray into Blu-ray on a budget. The player sports an attractive exterior design with interesting touch-sensitive controls. Disk load time is a problem, but this is a problem I have experienced with other Blu-ray players as well. And for the price, its a sacrifice worth making. The remote control is well laid out, but the buttons are small and the lack of back-lighting makes it difficult to see in a dimly lit room. The ability to stream Netflix and Pandora are certainly nice features too.
"Great Player"on by rebulx
Pros Sleek design with practical remote
Quickly plays blu-ray disks
Most bang for your buck blu-ray player ($100 Jan 2010)
Cons Unique Samsung wireless internet adapter sold separately ($80)
Summary I've been using this player for about a month now and I'm really impressed with how little I spent ($100 at walmart) and how much I got! Plays Blu-rays just fine. It's actually plays blu-rays very fast, especially compared to the older players. Sharp looking remote, responsive menu that has a great interface and overall the unit has a very sleek design. I finally broke down and bought the wireless adapter for 80 bucks. After selecting it in the menu, it had no problem detecting my wireless home network. I'm hooked on netflix's streaming video now!
Pros bought it at costco for 150. Bluray is sweet. Menus make sense. IT JUST WORKS!! I am at firmware 2.x somthing and I am hardwired. Couldnt part with 80 bucks at frys or other retailers. Loads REALLY fast
Cons took a bit to download the firmware and shuts it down. Not sure why not a reboot
Summary well worth what you get. As of 1/16/2010, all other (other then LG and now Sony) YOU ARE LOOSING MARKET SHARE. I would have prefered Panasonic, but I want the netflix now. Netflix ran WITH NO ISSUE AND I LOVE IT!!!! I have not tried the blockbuster or Amazon, or Utube yet. I think alot of people that may have had issues with these boxes were due to networking issues. If your network is jacked, its not the player... get your network fixed!