(apology for repeating some things I have stated before but it may be worthwhile for those new owners or potential owners)
Dec 08 build, V1.0 since day 1. I have watched in excess of 40 titles now, with a nice mix of HD, BD and SD (though for the last few weeks almost exclusively High Def). I am a blockbuster customer so almost all my titles have been rented (about 10 are in my library). At least as of today BB is still stocking HD and BD. All titles I have rented have played just fine. I have stated here before that some have problems and others don't - this surely sounds like a Mfg QC issue. I have had only these two minor issues (I don't bother to rent the titles listed in the known problems thread):
- I have had to power down the 5K three times to get a movie to play, though with a small sample I am not certain what, if any, pattern that can/should be reported to Samsung.
- There are short audio dropouts as reported by others, again I don't see a pattern and it is very infrequent for me (though I will admit is is certainly possible that there are more that I just don't notice as much as others do).
I do follow the news in the industry and I only really care IF all this good BD news really opens the floodgates and we get an increase in the number of titles released in High Def.
IMHO a bigger issue for us is how long Samsung (and LG for that matter) continue to work through the issues with Broadcom and continue to support this chip. It seems to me that is it not a coincidence that the 5500 and our major audio update is due in the 2nd quarter. It would be shocking to me that Samsung would release the 5500 without first fixing the issues they have had with the Broadcom chip (I guess, in theory, they could just change the specs and that would surely suck). I guess between now and the 2nd quarter Universal/Dreamworks/Paramount could make the announcement about dropping HD in favor of BD. That may create a situation where Samsung (and LG) might abandon the Combo players that they have in the pipeline (5500 and 6500). Again that might not be terrible for us unless they also decide to abandon the Broadcom chip and move to another supplier for their future players.
In the meantime, I am very happy with my purchase and absolutely love the picture I get on all versions. I should note that my audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 so my concern about the audio update at this point is less those who have an more advanced AV set up.