Here's a small review...
Setup is a Samsung BD-P3600 via HDMI to Denon 2809 to B&W683 series theater setup.
Not a traditional look. it's has edges that are tapered up...kind of like an upside down trapazoid. also, the play controls are on the top of the deck (front right area). not that it matters to some (most use remotes), but this is definitely a blu-ray player meant to be "displayed" rather than in a rack or cubby of sorts. Definitely won't work unless you plan to have it on the top of a counter or at the very top of the rack. Lots of plastic, and it is scratchable...made a hairline on mine already.
Picture quality is good with no real issues that I can visibly see (unfortunately, i have no reference nearby to compare it to side-by-side). top is nice but with that samsung "touch of color" so visually, make sure you are ready to accept the gloss with color look -- looks odd against the brushed aluminum black look of most. may be ok with other samsung stuff and possibly the Pioneer lines with their gloss black looks.
Bitstreaming (Audiophile) works well. The Bitstream downmix to DTS does as it says fairly well, no real complaints. I'm going to test the players own audio decoding more extensively. However, I won't be doing an analog test anytime soon unless it's for 2-ch only.
the top cover WILL get hot if you run it long. dunno how well that bodes for some.
disc errors: i've had a couple, but nothing i could replicate. seems a bit arbitrary. that being said, the load time is night and day to most players i've seen.
WiFi with dongle works as promised and is compatible with WPA2. The idea of the usb plugin is debatable -- on one hand it keeps the signals from bouncing around inside more; on the other its another piece that can be lost or broken. does come with a right angle adapter for the usb wifi adapter, so that's nice. Seemless to setup and is working out of the box.
audio is a bit airy, if not overly accentuated. i feel like the highs are pushed too much and the mid-lows seem overcompensated. i'd like to see what people think when comparing it to other units -- perhaps it's just my ears and my setup. I did get a few CD playbacks (with HDMI no less) that were muddied with hiss but were not always replicable as well. i have a stage-4 panamax scrubbing the power so i'm not sure where this comes from -- especially since i won't get any artifacts when playing via hdmi from my laptop.
BIG EDIT: tried the same CD again, and it seemed fine. airiness is gone, and CD playback seemed fairly clean. again, not sure where the anomaly comes from then
Network sharing is limited to your basic formats: jpg, mp3, etc so don't look for anything special out of it (ie. FLAC, Divx) -- though admittedly, that's more than some. Network interface is nothing to write home about, but it's still functional. If you're a Pandora or Netflix guy, then this would be nice for you. Service is ok, with a few hiccups -- buffering does a pretty good job thusfar.
Anyway, this is my review based on what i've seen thusfar. Debating whether or not to return it. Doubt many people would notice the absence of the HQV Reon in this iteration (if it's indeed gone). Sorry, the case is so plasticky, i don't want to risk taking it apart to have a look under the hood for pics. A quick rant would be about Samsung having no literature or tech support ready for this device as they had no documentation when i called (nor on their website).
NOTE: I'm going to test a few DVDs for upscale vs their Bluray counterparts that I have. Looking for some test patterns as well.