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The looks, I must say it looks better on picture, it's not ugly or anything but it does kind of look weird. It does feel a bit cheap in the hands, especially after holding the Pana BD30, which is a full size player compared to the Sammi.
Set up was easy and intuitive so it would be easy to less seasoned users as well.
it had no problem to connect to my wireless router, and since not once it lost connection to it. I Like the new slot loading mechanism very smooth and elegant IMO. The player is quiet and fast indeed, well compared to the ancient Pana anyway. I did adjusted the picture control, since my TV was calibrated professionally, so I adjust all source devices individually. It needed quiet a bit of push on the black level when used a test disc[Avia], and dropped the color saturation a couple of clicks as well. The Pana had an incorrect gamma level right out of the box, and it's black level control was insufficient for dial in the correct level, in other words it was a bit too dark. Compared to that the Sammi looked brighter with better shadow detail thanks to the fact that it's controls were sufficient to dial in the correct values. Popped in Avatar to evaluate the picture, and was very impressed indeed. All the details were rendered here with superb reproduction. DVD playback was not so impressive however but I still continue to evaluate the player in this fashion. I did download the latest FW that Sammi offered via online, but don't know if that's the one the article above suggested. The Pana was a substandard DVD player, but my Toshiba XA-2 HD DVD player is rather well regarded, so that is where I will make comparisons to. Any titles you guys recommend for this on DVD?
Streaming was very good as well, I have a Roku XD model for comparison, and they both had similar interfaces, and comparable picture qualities. The Roku did seem a bit faster to load the Netflix UI, but once there they were similar to buffer up a title, or respond to commands. The Sammy some reason only showed the the 4 dot quality scale but no "HD" designation when it was applicable. But the picture was "HD". It also scales to 1080p, the Roku is 720p.
With this player I was also able to stream Vudu for the first time, and I must say it was a mixed bag. While the picture looked very good indeed[somewhere between Netflix HD, and BD] the sound was heavily filtered dynamically, and there was a slight lip sync issue as well. I deactivated the dynamic control on the Sammy and made sure it was off on my Integra Pre/pro as well, so the problem wasn't in the playback chain, and frankly I doubt that it was the Sammi's fault in anyway. The title was "Unknown" starring Liam Neeson, and since I never saw this film on BD I can't be sure if the dynamic compression was Vudu's doing or the film was just mixed this way, but I would suspect Vudu did temper with it, much like broadcasters do. The Dolby D Plus does preserve all dynamic ranges available on the soundtrack so that's not the issue. Other then that however the sound was very good much like you get from BDs so quiet a bit better then what's on Netflix, or Amazon I.V. . But for $5.99 well I leave that to each of you.
I experienced no drop outs or buffering during throughout several full length film watching. My connection is 18mbps cable.
So far I didn't try to plug any USB devices or stream my own PC's content which would require to install "allshare" from Samsung to work correctly according to them.
Anyway that's it for now.
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