Pros Netflix/Pandora streaming, 1080p output is crisp
Cons WiFi not included (extra-cost not-yet-released dongle),BD-Live support requires 1GB memory not included (extra cost USB flash drive)
Summary I was considering spending $100 for a PS3 w/ 80GB storage but the Netflix streaming swayed me in this direction. I'm a bit disappointed that the WiFi adapter isn't available yet.
Pros Fast operational speed and slick interface.
Cons Major audio lag. Firmware update process could kill the player if done over network.
Summary I purchased this player about a month ago when Amazon was running the 4 Blu-ray's and a Samsung player for a big discount. Picture quality and audio are great, when they work. I've had problems on several discs with audio lag and when the player found a firmware update over the network, I readily upgrading to it only to have the upgrade process kill the player. I've heard updating from USB does not have any issues.
Even though I was a few days past my 30 day return, Amazon was gracious enough to overnight me a new player, same model. I cant say enough about Amazon's customer service, they are superb. I got the new player in and upgraded the firmware with a USB thumb drive this time and was successful, however the player continues to have a delay in the audio. Just to be sure I connected the player to a TV using just a brand new 1.3b HDMI cable and bypassing my receiver, the audio delay continues. I hear no audio lag playing regular DVD's by the way.
Out of curiosity, in case it might be the discs themselves, I purchased a Panasonic Blu-ray player from Best Buy. Absolutely no audio lag, works perfect. Although the operational speed of the Panasonic player is not as fast as the Samsung, I'd rather have audio the way it's supposed to be heard instead of watching a movie that looks like it's been dubbed over.
I don't know if this is a problem on all of these players or maybe a run of them came out bad, but I've had two bad so far and I'm about done with this model. The model up from this one has the same video processor so it might have the same issues. I'll give the player high marks for it's operational speed and slick interface, but the audio problems are a deal breaker for me. I would look elsewhere if I were you.
I just received a full refund from Amazon on the second player but will probably just wait until an affordable player is released that operates fast and has no issues.
Pros NETFLIX IN HD!, PANDORA free radio, Great HD sound, Great HD picture.
Cons I'm not sure if I like the flip down front pannel....?
Summary The 1600 has a small foot print. It's a stripped down modle that left out all the "extra stuff" I don't need, never use and never will! But you can add them on later if you want. All around perfect BD for the price and features. If you use Netflix this BD is a must have, plus if you like endless comercial free cystal clear music Pandora is it.
Pros Fantastic picture and easy use
Cons 1. The labor warranty runs out in just 90p days. Ours broke at 95 days. the minimum cost for repair is 85.00. taking the total cost over 300.00 in the first year.
Summary I generally expect a product I pay $250.00 for to operate for longer than three months and if it does not I expect the company that provided it to provide a little more back up than 3 months. I understand I should have looked closer at the warranty however samsung has generally been better than that.
Pros The picture quality of this unit was great, and super easy to set up.
Cons The unit broke down and stopped playing BD after 2 weeks. It would begin playing movies, and about 30 minutes into the movie, would start skipping and eventually stop playing. Happened with 3 different Blu ray movies.
Summary If the machine would keep working, the included items such as netflix and pandora, as well as the video quality make it worthwile. When I returned the unit to the store (within 30 days of purchase) the sales person in the home theatre area said that many of these machines had been returned for the same reason. He recommended the LG machines (BD 370 or BD 390) or the Sony machines. Since I really enjoyed the Netflix application, I went with the 370. Picture quality isnt quite what the Samsung was (barely noticeable though) but it works and has the Netflix app.