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Samsung for $499...whoa!

post #1 of 62
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http://www.secondact.biz/product/BDP...FShCYwodQQEe9w


use code 2ndbluray and it drops the price to $499.99
so much for a price advantage for HDDVD. Anyone got in on this?

(note this is for a refurbished unit)
post #2 of 62
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Originally Posted by BTBuck1 View Post

http://www.secondact.biz/product/BDP...FShCYwodQQEe9w


use code 2ndbluray and it drops the price to $499.99
so much for a price advantage for HDDVD. Anyone got in on this?

(note this is for a refurbished unit)

Sweet, a refurbished EOL G1 player!! Wow, watch out for this Toshiba A2!!
post #3 of 62
The Toshiba player has been available for $399 with 3 free movies since introduction in Dec. It is a 2nd gen new unit, not about to be discontinued.
If you have "already have" Xbox 360 the HDDVD add on has been available since mid Nov with 1 free movie for between $159-$199.
That's still a price advantage.
However the Samsung at a Full half off is remarkable after just 6 months, at CES they shouwed the next Samsung blueray at $799 with a Silicon Optix Reon chip built in.
The PS3 at $459-$499 with 1 free movie and game playing, hdmi 1.3 is probably still the best blueray buy at this time and I plan to get one next year.
post #4 of 62
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Originally Posted by Chris in SD View Post

Sweet, a refurbished EOL G1 player!! Wow, watch out for this Toshiba A2!!

Yeah, the next gen A2 that removes features from the previous model! Is that a first?
post #5 of 62
Pretty cool, I know I have talked to and corresponded with quite a few people that claimed $500 was their personal price point before ever adopting Blu-ray and they just did not have much interest in a gaming console for this purpose.. I'll bet the post here sold a few players over there with that discount code tip.

I have had better luck with refurbs than new units over my past dozen purchases, so anymore I just equate factory refurbished as new. I know most people still don't feel that way about it.
post #6 of 62
I have pretty good luck with refurbs as well. As long as it comes with a 90day waranty you are usually pretty good. That is as long as you like the BDP1000 player. too bad that praticular player is sub par in my opinion when compared with the hd-a2 or even the ps3. So even for that price you are not really getting much of a deal $$$ but that is a huge price drop in a short time.

I could get a 20gp ps3 brand new for $450 from circit city today even though I agree with people in not liking a gaming machine for dvd's. I ran into this conudrum when buying my hd-a2. get a a1 for 299 or the a2 for $399. I just did not like how slow the first gen players are. the second gen stuff is still a tad slow it is just not as bad.
post #7 of 62
The Samsung has some advantages over the PS3 in their current forms. The PS3 has some advantages over the Samsung as well.

On PQ, I would love to be able to blind test some people on that one with the same display running. I just don't see much difference there from player to player, I know some report they do, but I know a PS3 owner and a Panasonic owner and they seem to concure, there just isn't much difference at all. Subtle at best.
post #8 of 62
I need $400 and i might bite.
post #9 of 62
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Originally Posted by DigitalfreakNYC View Post

I need $400 and i might bite.

Me, too. If I trusted eBay, I would give it a shot. But, I don't, so I won't.
post #10 of 62
I paid 550 + shipping (reasonable USPS price) for mine from ebay 3 maybe 4 months ago. It was a refurb that came in a brown cardboard box with all remotes and manuals and cables, player was shrinkwrapped completely and in pristine condition.

Worked well too.

Just no pretty box.
post #11 of 62
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Originally Posted by JOHNnDENVER View Post

The Samsung has some advantages over the PS3 in their current forms. The PS3 has some advantages over the Samsung as well.

On PQ, I would love to be able to blind test some people on that one with the same display running. I just don't see much difference there from player to player, I know some report they do, but I know a PS3 owner and a Panasonic owner and they seem to concure, there just isn't much difference at all. Subtle at best.

I actually did do a comparison of the Samsung and PS3 on my JVC PRO 70" 1080p. My brother brought over his Samsung and we both agreed the Samsung had a slighty better picture than my PS3. The PS3 has a kind of washed out look. I was really surprised...but I am still happy with the PS3 overall.
post #12 of 62
Only advantages of the Samsung over the PS3 is Analog 5.1 out, so you can use umcompressed PCM with an older processor as well as an IR sensor for more traditional intergration into most systems. Disadvantage over PS3, no HDMI1.3, or Lossless Audio audio decoding.
post #13 of 62
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Originally Posted by jwv651 View Post

I actually did do a comparison of the Samsung and PS3 on my JVC PRO 70" 1080p. My brother brought over his Samsung and we both agreed the Samsung had a slighty better picture than my PS3. The PS3 has a kind of washed out look. I was really surprised...but I am still happy with the PS3 overall.

My PS3 looked more washed out until I upgraded it and got it off the RGB color option. Once I did that, it killed my Samsung. Look into that, everyone has said that the ps3 produces a better picture.
post #14 of 62
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Originally Posted by tkmedia2 View Post

Only advantages of the Samsung over the PS3 is Analog 5.1 out, so you can use umcompressed PCM with an older processor as well as an IR sensor for more traditional intergration into most systems. Disadvantage over PS3, no HDMI1.3, or Lossless Audio audio decoding.


Uhhhh, Included scaler anyone???? That's a big advantage to over look.
post #15 of 62
$400 for me and no more. That is the total I will spend for a unit shipped and out the door with tax. I had placed an order for an A2 at $398 out the door but cancelled. The A2 is now $409 before shipping. No sale.

Plus the price drop is great but i am interested in a 2nd or 3rd generation unit at $400 shipped NOT an older refurb.
post #16 of 62
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Originally Posted by pcrx View Post

$400 for me and no more. That is the total I will spend for a unit shipped and out the door with tax. I had placed an order for an A2 at $398 out the door but cancelled. The A2 is now $409 before shipping. No sale.

Plus the price drop is great but i am interested in a 2nd or 3rd generation unit at $400 shipped NOT an older refurb.

Hopefully by the time Blu-Ray releases some titles in which I'm interested, we'll see some players (not the PS3) priced at $400, or less.
post #17 of 62
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Originally Posted by JOHNnDENVER View Post

Uhhhh, Included scaler anyone???? That's a big advantage to over look.

got a point there.
I use a BD player for BD and nothing else. I have a player for every format. But that's just me.
post #18 of 62
I use my hd-a2 for regualr dvd's so I don't need a scalar but that is something to note in a head to head ps3 vs pdp1000.

I demo's the A2 against the bdp1000. I noticed a slight difference in load times and picture quality. I will admit they both looked good though. I see the same differnece between different tv sets sometimes. smother or sharper image. I won't sit hear and act like blu-ray has a bad picture or anything I just though the hd-a2 was sharper. to me it was a no brainer. sligthly better picture, lower cost, and faster load time. that was at $440 vs $799 at best buy though. the droping cost helps one at least consider it. hell I am looking at going dual format so to me the IR remote advantage of the ps3 is something to consider. then again the ability to play a game every now and then since it is not my primary player might be nice.

damit now I am torn. I was going to go down and buy a 20gb ps3 this weekend.
post #19 of 62
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Originally Posted by BTBuck1 View Post

http://www.secondact.biz/product/BDP...FShCYwodQQEe9w


use code 2ndbluray and it drops the price to $499.99
so much for a price advantage for HDDVD. Anyone got in on this?

(note this is for a refurbished unit)

apples and oranges. Its used and has broke and had to be repaired.
post #20 of 62
Maybe not on this particular product vurbono,


They were returned in droves for poor PQ before the updates came out. Most had nothing wrong with them at all. Never the less, I used to give some merrit to that line of thinking for refurbs, not anymore as I am truly finding the furbs seem to have a better relaibility factor than the new products anymore. I suppose as always your milage may vary.
post #21 of 62
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Originally Posted by Vipper IV View Post

Me, too. If I trusted eBay, I would give it a shot. But, I don't, so I won't.

Ebay works Great. I bought my Sammy on Ebay in late October for about 500 bucks. It was factory Sealed and has worked flawless.
post #22 of 62
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Originally Posted by Chris in SD View Post

Sweet, a refurbished EOL G1 player!! Wow, watch out for this Toshiba A2!!

A refurbed Samsung will have far less issues than the HD-A2.. Isn't that 1 HD-A2 problem thread up to almost 600 posts?!
post #23 of 62
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Originally Posted by thebland View Post

A refurbed Samsung will have far less issues than the HD-A2.. Isn't that 1 HD-A2 problem thread up to almost 600 posts?!

In fairness, I think the HD-A2 thread has much more interest than the Samsung. I do not think it is fair to say one will have less issues than another.
post #24 of 62
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Originally Posted by Andrew P View Post

In fairness, I think the HD-A2 thread has much more interest than the Samsung. I do not think it is fair to say one will have less issues than another.

In fairness you are correct.
post #25 of 62
Either way that is a great price to jump into the format with...
post #26 of 62
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

Either way that is a great price to jump into the format with...

Exactly. Who says BD is not affordable?

Hey Joerod, how do you feel about your Bears this weekend?
post #27 of 62
I know this is a thread for a Blu-Ray player, but this is in case anyone wants to be a dual format owner like me. I also like to see a little reality in these threads.
Brand new HD-A2 at onsale.com for $384 or at buydig.com for $409, both shipped free.
post #28 of 62
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Originally Posted by tivodoctor View Post

I know this is a thread for a Blu-Ray player, but this is in case anyone wants to be a dual format owner like me. I also like to see a little reality in these threads.
Brand new HD-A2 at onsale.com for $384 or at buydig.com for $409, both shipped free.

That's too much for a dying format.
post #29 of 62
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Originally Posted by longshot View Post

Exactly. Who says BD is not affordable?

Hey Joerod, how do you feel about your Bears this weekend?

27-10 Bears.
post #30 of 62
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Originally Posted by longshot View Post

Exactly. Who says BD is not affordable?

OK, I'll bite. I say both formats are way too expensive for what you get. I can afford to buy into either format but I don't care much about wasting money that could be spent on more important things. I can watch HD movies on cable now to tide me over to when prices are more reasonable.

When prices get to the $250 to $300 range I might get into the game but only if I can get any movie I want to play on it which means either dual-format or whomever wins this so-called war.
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