"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.
Pros Price. Form. Features, esp. Netflix.
Cons Bought @ Costco for $170. First one froze after 2.02 FW upgrade via internet. Ret'd to Costco and swapped out. Upgraded FW on second unit via USB. All worked but Pandora, which froze after a bit. Today during Netflix, irreparably frozen again.
Summary Samsung: Test your firmware before releasing. When you are told by hundreds of customers that your FW bricks their devices, pull the FW upgrade so the device doesn't keep prompting like Bill Gates' "critical updates" notifications.
Since Blu-Ray is Sony's brainchild, I think I'll just buy a Sonyu next time.
Pros Netflix works fine and playes regular DVD without a flaw.
Cons Pandora freeze up, and would not play blu-ray movies.
Summary I have been holding on to my HD DVD player and movies for awhile now and had no problems with it. all the new releases are Blu ray now, so I bought this Item brand new, box still sealed. I was excited to get it home, caus e I could have netflix, Pandora, and A Blu ray player all in one. Once I plugged it up it notified me on a firmware update. After the update I linked my Pandora and netflix account to the machine. I started off by streaming my music it would play 1 song then that was it. I powered it off and it did the same. So next I inserted a Blu ray movie "The house on the Left" the screen read It could not play disc, I thought it was the disc. so I tried another one "Taken', still same problem. I then played Netflix, That feature worked with out any problem. I also played regular dvd movies with out a problem. So I called Samsung to inform them of the issue. The Operator told me I had the latest update, and the the player is not able to play all blu ray movies yet and that I would have to wait for the next update. I just bought over 100 dollars worth of movies and she told me to wait. I returned the product and got a Sony s360, and have no issues yet. It playes all my blu rays and dvds. P.S. I still think HD DVD was/is a better product, I still have my collection.