I just picked up the 1600 on the 23rd for $99 on sale at Fred Meyer till the 26th then it's going back up to $150? Not sure on the regular retail. But a BD player for under $100 with component out, optical audio out, hdmi and the lan and usb why not.
Here's what I have so far. I plugged in the ethernet/lan to my belkin router. It's already current with s/w 2.05_0910151_xaa. I changed the audio out from PCM to bitstream (audiophile). PCM down sampling - OFF, Dynamic Compression - OFF.
I did plug a 2GB thumb flash drive in the back and it fits fine with the ethernet cable.
No audio or video hiccups. Watched The Hangover and Four Christmases and works fine. Makes a little bit of a funky noise when loading the BD disc but when it plays it's quiet, no funky noises or fan noise I've heard about on other players. Played several DVDs and plays fine also, upscaling video quality looks better than my HD-DVD player, audio and video both solid.
Here's the weird part. I plug in the ethernet/lan cable. Pandora works great streaming music. Yay, what an awesome feature, better than having to plug my laptop or blackberry into my receiver. Netfliks, youtube and blockbuster no dice. I checked the network config and much like the other posts on this thread, I got the invalid network. From other posts I took the advice and went into my belkin router and added the ip to my dmz to bypass the belkins firewall. Should work, I try it. Nope still doesnt work. Well crap!! I disabled my firewall on my belkin router and the network checks out fine with flying colors. Netfliks streams great. Actually amazing. After the trial I may keep netfliks now for the instant streaming. Youtube works instantly streaming also. No lagging or buffering, plays great on netfliks, youtube and pandora. I turn my firewall back on my belkin router, only pandora can access the internet.
I plug the same ethernet cable into my direct tv dvr and it works fine for VOD.
From what I've read, everyone is experiencing the same problem. It's something with the belkin firewall and the 1600. I have dhcp on auto and have tried manually entering the ip address and other info. Doesn't seem to matter. If my firewall on my belkin router is on, network fails the pass the test. I turn the firewall of it works fine.
Anyone who figures this out please post your solution. I'll keep you updated if I figure it out. Turning my firewall on and off is a bit of a pain and I don't like the idea even though all my computers have a software firewall installed.