Originally Posted by thezman
my question is this problems reported aside what is the better player? i do a LOT of mkv stuff mostly from a hdd or usb stick since my 3 year old has messed up a few of my discs i usually rip them and put the discs away i keep a couple hdd's with different selections like one is hers one is the wife's etc...
im very confused lol i hear a lot of people complain about both so im more looking to any advantages to one over the other. pic quality, sq, i also play a lot of standard dvd's so that is VERY important.
It really depends on the features you need/want.
Assume you have looked at the P3600 threadhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=511
Seems like there are problems reported there.
The 390 can stream from NTFS formatted HDD with files greater than 4 GB. A user with a TV tuner on the computer can record HD shows .. HD movies etc and stream those to the 390. A poor mans HD DVR. This works well for me. It avoids having to disconnect one of my monitors, plugging in the DVI HDMI adapter and stringing 15 feet of HDMI cable from the computer to the TV or the AVR.
For the price you quoted for the 390 it looks like a no brainer.
SD DVD movies look very good to me on the LG 55LH90. I happen to have a Magnavox Laser disc player (composite output only) and about 12 discs for it. These look like crap compared to SD DVD and really shows the capability of a modern video processor like the 390.
Both the TV and the 390 have LG Simplink. Powering up the 390 turns the TV on and sets it to the HDMI input assigned to the player. Does not work when the player is connected via the AVR, a Sony 820 with 1080P pass through.
An .mkv created from a BR movie will stream to the 390 if the BR uses the AVC coder, but the VC coder causes extreme unwatchable pixelation. The are ways around this, documented in previous posts.
So if these features important to you, go for the 390. I like mine but cannot speak for the Sammy .. do not have one.
I do have the Panny BD60, also a good player. The only feature on the Panny, but not on the 390, is the capablity to play at 24 fps on SD DVD. Again this may or not be important to you and requires a TV that can process 1080/P24.