Originally Posted by avman09
I am not sure about the UK versions but I can tell you my XDE-500 does a equal or better job on DVD than my P2550 and Oppo BDP-95. It produces a sharper image in general but with slightly more noise than the other two. It does seem to pixelate occasionally if it has been on for a long time and then followed by a lot of fast fwd/bwd etc. It always managed to recover from it after a simple and quick power cycle so it is not an issue for me. I am talking about watching real world video/movies, and I have no doubt my Oppo will beat it in test patterns, though I remember the XDE scored quite well too in one of those bench mark tests. I may still be able to find it on the web.
I use my BDP and universals for HD AV material only as there is no need to wear those more expensive machines down playing SD discs when the $99 XDE can do the job as good or better. I think people (some anyway) trash the XDE because of the way they feel about Toshiba but that's just IMHO. If you can buy one for cheap and returnable, try it out for yourself. If you are interested in the product, you deserve to know the truth instead of relying on hearsays.
I own the XDE-500, Oppo BDP-83, Oppo BDP-93 and this Samsung BD-P2550. I absolutely disagree, the XDE-500 is not nearly as good as any of those three and can't upscale 4:3 content without stretching on my displays, therefore it sits in the closet. It was a pain to switch the player to 480p when viewing 4:3, then back to 1080p when viewing anamorphic widescreen DVDs. It isn't worth $100 relative to inexpensive Blu-ray players now and I don't think Toshiba is going to continue to make players like it, it was heavily hyped on release but didn't deliver. Yes, the better players will definitely do better with objective test discs, anybody can see that for themselves.
I have 4 of these stupid BD-P25x0 players, none have held up. All worked properly for about a dozen or maybe 2 dozen discs before starting to freeze and perform poorly. The last one I picked up for $2.50 at a garage sale so I couldn't expect better, it actually still plays DVD fine but will freeze with Blu-ray maybe 15 minutes into the program.
Is there a new consensus about how to try to fix these players? I did put feet on the one I have connected now to elevate it 1.5" and it is the open, well ventilated but I still wonder if it overheats. I might try cannibalizing players to get one that works correctly but even then I am not sure with the various issues each has how to proceed with that process. One appears to have a good drive but bad supply, another appears to work properly for a brief period then start freezing, maybe overheating. If cutting a hole and installing a fan is one possible fix, maybe I will try that with the player that appears to overheat or maybe I should just throw all of them away and spend my time on something less frustrating. My total investment in the 4 is quite a lot to have nothing to show for it.