I don't blame people for bashing it and I don't blame people for buying it. I own it (for 30 days, at least). The bashers are extremely disappointed. Who can blame them? The early reviews seemed to indicate that it was a great machine which with some tweaks could be extraordinary. Then Samsung took three months to release it and most people figured they were spending that time fixing the machine so that it would come to market full-featured and ready to go. It isn't. The blind date turned out to be a little ugly.
People buy it for reasons of their own. And I can assure you we're not stupid or deluded. Let me explain my reasoning. I've waited two years for this industry to settle down. I followed the threads through all the iterations of the Toshibas, Panasonics, etc. They have all had problems. They've all had complaints. I decided to jump in with the Sammy (coming from a Denon 5900 I bought 4 years ago for $1600) because I don't want to have two players to deal with. I've had my rack full of equipment and I don't like it. I don't want to set up two macros for two players with two different picture settings. HD should be icing on the cake of my life not my reason for being alive. I won’t be using all of the promised features any ways as I have a wife, family and friends that I like to sit and talk to and I have business that take up a lot of time. I just want to watch movies in the best, easiest way possible.
Most stated problems should be easily fixed with firmware just as they have been with every other player that has been released since the first Toshiba. There are no other dual format players out there other than the LG with its $999 price and list of problems.
Oh and if I bought the 2 separates I would want if I was to go that route, then I'd have an expense of about $998 (XA2 & BD 30) plus shipping and/or taxes.
I applaud Samsung and LG for having the moxie to try something none of the other "big boys" have the b***s to try. To me they’re the renegades, the outsiders trying to fill a niche even though there are real challenges in trying to do so.
What sticks in my craw are the people bashing/attacking people almost at the point of their purchase which is a nervous time as it is. The buyers become defensive and less able to remain objective. They feel they have to defend their purchase and the type of careful, dispassionate analysis we’ve seen goes out the window
That's my story and I'm sticking with it.