First, I have a few Samsung LCD displays and they have been perfect. Next, I am going to get a Samsung 650 to replace my big old heavy Sony HI Def CRT. Finally, I have an Onkyo 705, so I can decode bitstream. The price is right; it looks like Samsung is dedicated to improvement in its BluRay players and they are staying on top of firmware upgrades. I could have gotten a Panasonic BD30 a little cheaper at WalMart today, but I chose to get the Samsung. So far, it looks fantastic. Also, I have an Oppo 983H for standard DVD's so I am not worried about upscaling.
Also, thanks to other forum members for posting the bottom heat issue. I ordered an Antec laptop cooler. Can't hurt.
And finally, and a big reason, this forum and this thread in particular gives out really good feedback from members.