I've got this BluRay player because it came bundled with a recent Samsung PN51e7000 Plasma TV.
The HD Picture is great on this. I was using a cheap Magnavox Blu Ray player we got as a gift a couple of years back, but I really think the Samsung puts out a better, more detailed picture.
It's nice to have it paired with a Samsung TV. If both devices are off and I hit the Eject button on the BR player, the TV will power on and automatically switch to BDWise mode and select the correct source. Very convenient.
The remote controls are mostly cross compatible. For example, you can't get to the Audio controls, for the BR, menu with the TV remote.
My AVR (Harman Kardon AVR 247) is only HDMI 1.3 compliant so I have the BR player hooked straight to the TV, then a digital coax out to my AVR. There are four audio choices when I do this:
1. PCM (basically 2 channel)
2. Uncompressed Bitstream
3. Recompressed DTS (the player decodes the audi then sends it out as DTS)
4. Recompressed Dolby Digital (same as above but DD)
So far I think the sound is best with Option 2. But my AVR doesn't do True HD or DTS - HD. My AVR usually defaults to Dolby D EX (even though I only have a 5.1 system). I can pick Dolby ProLogic Iix but not sure if that's better sounding or not. Have spent some time with audio, but not hours.
Not sure if the auto sensing, BD-Wise thing would work if I was doing pass through on an AVR.
It's a nice player. I don't use any of the 'smart' stuff. Even on the TV I just don't find it that useful. I find the $8 a month for all of the premium streaming apps to be a bit of a waste.
I'm a frugal bastard who doesn't rarely watches old (netflix) movies.
Was great to get it as part of a bundle!