Quick BDP-380 review:
I've only played with mine for a couple of days so these are just my initial thoughts to the 380, but so far I'm loving the heck out of it.
It's only my second BD player so I only have one other -- the Samsung BD-P1600 -- to compare it to, but the 380 is worlds better so far.
The unit boots pretty quickly (I don't have the Quick Start feature enabled because I prefer so conserve power), setup is easy (although activating some of the streaming services takes a few minutes and some work on a computer), and playback is great.
I have mine connected to my TV via HDMI and to a legacy DTS receiver via digital coax. I have a hard-wired network connection for it, and when I turned the unit on for the first time it notified me that a firmware update was available. I allowed the update and it worked just fine.
Discs load fast, the unit responds quickly to commands from the remote, and A/V quality is superb. Even though I'm not using HDMI audio I didn't have to tweak any settings out of the box to get great sound through coax. I'm not certain yet but it seems like the 380 audio is louder than what I was getting with my BD-P1600 through digital optical cable. I don't have to turn up my receiver as high when watching discs.
It's impossible to tell without a side-by-side comparison, but the 380 seems to upscale DVDs as well as or better than my 1600. Discs load fast too and A/V quality is excellent.
I only tried a couple of them but they worked great. My main interest is Amazon VOD, and it handled that beautifully. I've only watched a few TV episodes so far but they load fast and look perfect. At this price range I'm pleasantly surprised how many streaming music and movie options there are on the 380. As to Robert's question about 5.1 audio over coax, I've yet to get anything but 2.0 sound from streaming but I haven't tried any movies labeled as 5.1 yet. I'll keep you posted.
BD title comparisons with the BD-P1600
I had my 1600 for a couple of years, and despite all the firmware updates from Samsung there were still a few titles I had some trouble with on that unit, so one of the first things I did was try those titles on the 380. They all worked perfectly! Some examples:
Star Trek: The Original Series. The 1600 had a lot of trouble dealing with the seamless branching on those discs that gives you the option of viewing original or enhanced special effects. Often times during a scene transition at a branching point the audio would cut out briefly, the video would jump a bit, and suddenly the audio sync would be behind by about a second and a half.
I watched one episode on my 380 and didn't experience a single glitch.
Iron Man 2. The same sort of audio drop and sync loss would happen on my 1600 during chapter 2. It played just fine on the 380.
A Christmas Story. There was a constant audio delay on this disc when played back on my 1600. It's not that it would suddenly jump out of sync like the other discs -- it was about a half second behind from start to finish. I didn't watch the whole movie on the 380 but I tested a few scenes and it looks much better.
There are a few other titles I had minor problems with too but I haven't tested them all yet.
I ended up disabling BD Live on my 1600 long ago because updates took much too long, but I'm leaving it active on the 380 for a while with a thumb drive in the back just to see how it does. I've only encountered one disc that had an available update so far and it only took a few seconds.
I haven't decided whether I'm going to leave the Gracenote service on yet. It's not really obtrusive until you stop playback on a disc, at which point the unit pauses while Gracenote acquires the data for the disc that is playing. It's not too annoying but I'm not sure it's too helpful either.
I installed the Media Remote app on my Android phone. Setup and linking was simple. So far I've only used it to navigate menus but it works just fine. I'm sure the real value will come when I have to type in text and can use a keyboard on my phone.
Overall I'm very pleased with this unit. At the price I don't think you could beat it, and it is much better than my 1600 (so far). Worth every penny!