Originally Posted by Daveyd
OK, so what does the 1400/1500 offer that the Sony S350 doesn't and vice versa?
Seeing how they will both be the same price come Black Friday
I dont think the 1400 offers anything that the s350 doesnt, unless you want to count the long load times and stupid 5 minute pause issue here
The s350 does everything the 1400 does - same bitstreaming support (all codecs) as our 1400, same decoding support (all but DTSMA) and has 5.1 analogue outs. It then adds profile 1.1 (and i think 2.0 once you add a USB stick for memory, though not sure if it also needs a FW update to enable 2.0 features?) and also should load discs faster and has a quick start up feature to power on faster as well. Plus it isnt made by Samsung which many in this thread would consider to be a bonus!
That said, my 1400 has been flawless so far, and im not interested in PiP/bonus features etc - just interested in watching the main movie, and bitstrewaming the codecs to my 705. So i wouldnt bother upgrading at this point, but thats also because the price of the s350 runs $400 AUD over here... if it was $200 it would be pretty tempting though (and move the 1400 to the bedroom) - Id want to find out just how much faster the s350 loads discs and allows me to pause more than 5 minutes, first though.
My parents actually just bought an s350 so at some point ill have a play with theirs and see what it's like
The 1500 would be very similar, though i dont think it is profile 2 but may have a promised FW update... though after our experiences with 1400 FW updates and in Australia at least it was promised it would get a 1.1 update which never eventuated, id be wary of trusting Samsung to make good on FW promises, particularly in any timely fashion, and particularly being in Australia as ours comes AFTER the US version normally as well (if it ever does!)