Well, earlier today, I stopped into the local BestBuy here in Niles, OH. I wasn't expecting much. More of a curiosity. I did find the LG BH200 on display and was told that they had those in stock. However, I did not find the Samsung. On a hope and a prayer, I asked an employee to look it up. He looked on the internal web site, which said "Sold Out Online." I then asked him to check the store inventory, which reported 1 unit in stock. Turns out, it was "hidden" in a distant corner of the store. Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of the Samsung 5000!!!
Came home and set it up...WOW!!! I love it!!! I have a modest set-up...Panny 42" Plasma and Onkyo reciever with only 2 large speakers. However, I am very pleased with the Samsung. I did have several "glitches" when I first started playing with it. I would get "stuck" mid-way through Batman Begins (HD-DVD) and would initially not load King Kong (HD-DVD). It played all Blu-Ray flawlessly. SD DVD upconverted was gorgeous. I think much better than my upconverting Toshiba DVD Player. Later on, I was able to play both HD-DVD titles without flaw. I have since been unable to replicate the issues with the HD-DVD titles. Overall, I am pleased with this device. Thanks to all of you other owners who have provided information regarding your experience with this unit. It sure helped me make the decision to purchase it.
Oh, FYI, for those interested...mine was built November 2007. Firmware: 071108.02_114_0924.11_XAA (which incidentally is the most current firmware according to my machine when I tried to update it).
Hope this helps.