Well my 1400 finally crapped out on me
I bought it back in early October and it worked great for the first 4 months hooked up via HDMI straight to TV and 5.1 analog to the pre/pro. Absolutely no issues with original firmware. The last 2 months have seen A/V freeze ups that have been easily cured by chapter skipping back. BTW, the unit is in an entertainment center that is open on 3 sides, plenty of room to breath with nothing but the HD-A2 below it.
Yesterday, I threw in POTC: CotBP and it loaded and played fine up to about the 35 minute mark. Then all of the sudden the video and audio completely dropped out and I started getting only popping sounds through my speakers. Since then, it has done the same thing at different points in every BD I've tried, usually occurring within 5-10 minutes of the movie starting.
I've tried just about everything to no avail!!! I've updated to 1.7, swapped cables, FF reset, cleaned discs, etc. I have audio running to the receiver and video running straight to the TV and I lose them both at the same time. I can only assume that in order for both to puke at the same time, the problem has to reside in the 1400 itself.
Oh well, I've got the 1400 boxed up and obtained a R/A # from Samsung. It'll go out tomorrow and hopefully they can fix it and I'll have it back by the middle of May!