Originally Posted by vinnie97
You folks are clearly in this for the long haul. ;-)
And why not? The 5K is still clearly the best overall universal machine. I keep mine running since it plays all my HDs, BDs and does an amazing job upscaling DVDs (which I still have a ton of in my collection with many still to watch). It's more of a space saving issue. If I were to replace it and have to run my A35 as well for HDs, I would have to get rid of my old DTV Tivo that still has a bunch of content I need to watch on it. Either that or get a new cabinet. I have an extra input on my AVR, so that is not the issue. I just like the idea of a player that I only invested around $280 out of my pocket initially that works as good as it does and plays just about everything. I'm not affected by the movies that won't play (and when I do run into them like Splice that I rented, mostly to test out, I have my LG-BH200 and an older Sony S300 I can use). And I've been able to pick up spare parts and extra players for less than I could by a comparable BD player for. And I'm sure that I will be able to sell my extra players, loaders and system boards for more than I paid for them in the future, if I happen to part with them, ever.
The BH200 is an excellent machine also, and has the added benefit of BDLive capability, but I'm not really interested in that. That's all I need is yet another distraction when I am trying to watch a movie. However based on recent posts to the BH200 thread, it seems that it is having many more problems, esp. with audio dropouts while bitstreaming. At least most audio drop issues in the 5K are alleviated by leaving 24fps on or switching to PCM and internal decode for DDTHD. I only have one movie that suffers from that; How to Train Your Dragon, but the internally decoded DDTHD seems to work just fine.
Now if we could just run into a major movie that does not play, we will get the next update. I'm still hopeful that one is in the works. I have been told that by a couple folks at Sammy, but it is probably just to get me to shut up ;-) Splice, Batman Superman..., and Chaplin are not popular enough to be deal breakers for Sammy is my guess. I think there is just one remaining HD that won't play at all; Bubble, but it's on BD and much cheeper that way anyhow.
BTW - we need confirmation on Chaplin from another source, if someone out there is inclined to rent it once it is 'officially' available. Same goes for Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. I never got around to renting that one and even forgot to watch it on HBO when it was on.