"My first Blu Ray player experience"3.0 starson by Gadre97
Pros: Wi Fi! Netflix streaming. Pandora radio.
Cons: Component video output initialization problem. Audio and video out of sync. Not able to control picture size, i.e. zoom and stretching.
Summary: My biggest problem is getting my component output to start working. The HDMI works correctly on my small monitor but I am using an older HDTV with component input. I have to push a memorized sequence of buttons while the display is blank to get a picture. This took several hours of troubleshooting to figure out.I was able to resolve a couple issues. The component output seems to work properly after more troubleshooting swapping cables around per Samsung tech support. (I only had to wait 15 minutes on hold!) Perhaps one of the component cables was not fully connected or it may have been intermittent. I thought it was the blu ray because exactly the same cables worked perfectly with my old DVD player. It is a mystery to me but as long as it continues to work. I was able to avoid the stretched 4:3 picture by selecting the 16:9 normal setting in the BD-P3600. Previously I had 4:3 letterbox setting. Still can't zoom like I can with my cable DVR. I am still assessing for out of sync audio and video. Tech support has vowed they would help me. I am much happier with the product now, however one Blu Ray disc "WAR in concert" freezes up a lot. Hopefully, it is the disc and not the player. I plan to exchange the disc.
While streaming Netflix, the audio is very out of sync on some shows compared to viewing on my computer. There is no way to adjust it because the audio is frequently delayed. This is annoying when viewing music performances. Also when viewing Netflix older shows that were filmed in 4:3 ratio, the player stretches the picture. I would rather have black bars on the sides than distorting the picture.
The Wi Fi setup went flawlessly, much to my surprise! The picture qual is great. Be sure to change default settings for audio and video which are dumbed down to the lowest denominator.
Updated on Mar 26, 2009
Updated on Apr 18, 2009Unfortunately, this otherwise great player has a flaw that is a deal breaker for me: the audio is delayed from the video by approx. 200-400 miliseconds. This translates to approx. a 1/8th to 1/4 note delay on an average rock song. I rented Paul McCartney's "The Space Within Us" Blu Ray and when you see the drummer hit the snare, you hear the sound delayed by this amount. I am a musician and I can really see this problem. Even my non musician friend also said that it detracts from the enjoyment, significantly. I took the unit back to Best Buy to exchange it per Tech support and the replacement does exactly the same. I called tech support again and the second level is closed today (Saturday). I will take this one back for a refund and go back to looking for another one that does not have this problem. I do not recommend this unit because of this flaw. It also occurs with streaming netflix. Very annoying and dissapointing. It is probably a design problem.