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I just installed one of the these players in out theater. It's a pretty solid device.
I selected this player to replace the PS3 in the theater room because: It starts up fast, it has analogue audio out (I love my HK too much to replace it at this point, it's a great amp), streams DNLA, Netflix and Pandora. Also my first ever DVD player back in the 90's was a Samsung 701 so I have a soft spot for the brand.
It boots up fast (faster than the start-up of my projector) and loads disks fast - as advertised.
The GUI is, well, not very stylish to be kind... but it works and is relatively easy to use. I wish I could figure out how to remove the Blockbuster app from the main menu though... NetFlix and Pandora being there is fine, as I use both of those services.
So far it's played pretty nearly every file from my DNLA NAS drive, avi's, xvids, divx, mov, mp4, avchd files etc. It did choke on the only MKV file I have on there, but then MKV files are such a pain I usually avoid them anyway.
There does seem to be a bug with playing back PAL based files, both from a network drive or some even from NetFlix. at 1080p the video framerate drops to what looks to be around 15, while the sound continues as normal. This also happened with the HD version of Wild China (a BBC documentary) on the NetFlix instant viewer. However if you change the resolution to 1080i they play back smoothly. This looks like the kind of problem they can fix with a firmware update.
Another slightly annoying bug is that if you want 24fps playback on movies (yes please!) the setting to turn it on will not stick (reverts to OFF when you turn off the player). I found out this happens if you leave the resolution setting on AUTO. If you select 1080p or 1080i then the 24fps will remain ON on a reboot. It also nicely auto-detects film from video and only applies the 24 mode when applicable.
Bluray picture and audio quality seems pretty much the same as my old PS3, except now I get better sound via analogue audio outs rather than optical TOSlink. I couldn't see much of a difference if any in the picture quality between them. The only feature from the PS3 I miss is 120x fast forward for those annoying disks that disable any other means of getting past the bluray ads and previews at the start of disks. 120x FF makes short work of them!
For the price this seems like a pretty nice player, it has a few bugs I had to figure out, and GUI is not impressive, but the unit as a whole works well.