Originally Posted by XBRSteve
Wouldn't LG BH200 be a better buy at this point? It supports the new audio formats unlike the Samsung unit.
Originally Posted by MEC2
Get what you pay for. Samsung doesn't seem to keen on the combo thing right now, LG just gave us a monster update for the BH200. I'd pay the $100 extra. Hell, I just did...
Agreed and agreed. I think there are certain things in life where you really do get what you pay for (toilet paper, mattresses, and in most cases ... home electronics). LG has provided excellent customer service, more timely firmware updates, on record continuing support of HD DVD, and with the latest April firmware have made the BH200 not only the best dual format player, but one of the best Blu-ray players currently on the market.
If you can spare the money, spend it and get something you'll love coming home to everyday.
Originally Posted by pjabber
I bought a refurb BD-UP5000 from Second Act a couple of weeks ago for the same price and it arrived in a couple of days in like-new condition. The player functions flawlessly so far on all the SD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs I have fed it. The Reon HQV is one of the best implementations for SD upconversion I have seen. I say save your money and buy the refurb.
While I can't say every refurb is a lemon, I certainly can't say that they'll work like new either. My grandfather always said buying a used car was just buying someone else's problems. Granted, that was before the days of CarMaxx, but I still think if you can spend the money for something new (especially in the ever changing field of consumer electronics) then get something new; future-proof whenever possible to save money in the long run.
Refurb or not, I'd still suggest you get the LG over the Samsung. As many others have stated, the BH200 now has proven performance and with the April firmware it blows the competition away in terms of HD audio support. Many others, myself included, feel the Qdeo upscaling in the LG is as good as the HQV in the Samsung. When and if Samsung does release their new firmware, hopefully it will unlock the HD audio support and fix a lot of disk compatibility problems. But, when and if that does happen, I still feel more comfortable recommending the LG because of their customer support and commitment to HD DVD at least for a while longer compared to Samsung who've already cancelled one dual player and have made no public plans to continue to support the format.
The one and only
reason I can think of to choose the Samsung over the LG is if you absolutely need the 7.1 analog outs. Otherwise, I just don't see it. And, for the record, I'm not a Samsung hater or anything like that. In fact, the BH200 is the first LG product I've ever bought and I'm currently leaning heavily towards buying a new Samsung PN-50A550 plasma over either a Panasonic or a Pioneer. My thoughts on the BH200 are based solely on my own experiences, research, and facts as of today.
Hope this helps and best wishes with whatever you decide on!