Hi there again peka j.
Well, I am very pick with choosing a player, and last time I went for a new purchase, I made sure I checked all possibilities before getting Sony, Samsung, Panasonic or LG.
Panasonic shut down its Blu-Ray player production in Brazil. So that brand was out of the question and importing was too expensive. As for Philips, I have never been a fan of this dutch company, because their products lack the final polish and feel like rushed out to market, so it was not counted as a choice. (Last Philips DVD Player I owned really made my mind about this company).
I flerted with Sony but their support for subtitles ruled Sony out of the fight - poor support for .SRT files. Samsung was great with subtitles but their superb model isn't really available here. What we have here is the F-5500 which is a capped to many features. I have read that a possible choice could have been F-7500.
I decided to go with LG, basically it had the most of every other player. From what I have researched, even "badly" encoded MP4/MKV files do play on LG models. Usually I wouldn't get some of them to play on the Samsung. I have a friend who has also been complaining about not playing some MKV files on a Sony BDP-S1100. Because the LG capability is so good in playing media files, I even stopped renting Blu-Ray discs... Seriously, since my purchase I must have watched 3 Blu-Ray movies only.
I think the LG BDP-630/730 is way better constructed than Samsung and newest Sony models. Samsung disc tray was ridiculously thin and Sony's not that far.
3D I never used, so I can't tell...
Concerning the resetting issue, I do remember that it was after a software update. So now I know it had something to do with it. I remember it wanted to update itself on the spot and it did - it restarted but the next day it reset its settings. This was the second official update it went through after purchase.
Another new annoyance I am observing is that when I plug my 1TB WD Passport hard drive, sometimes it won't recognize. It always works in 1 out of 3 trials. Perhaps there is a miliampere issue going on since devices cannot fetch more than 500mA. So perhaps my Passport is just needing a bit more than that, who knows.
I am also missing RCA connectors from it. My current setup would demand me to purchase an optical-to-analog adaptor for USD 50.
But to answer the question, really, is that I would have gone with a Panasonic if I had the choice.
Last edited by kraftytwo; 08-04-2014 at 02:01 PM.