Originally Posted by dougmcbride
Ken - I bought it knowing this and even if it is true, I personally won't be dissapointed. Why? Because the other options for audio (multichannel PCM, DD+, 7.1 analog outs, etc.) are still very, very good and I'm satisfied for the moment.
To be honest, I really didn't see any reason to post this except to counter the negative attitude(s) with regard to the 5K. For where we are in the evolution of the HDM marketplace, this player (like the LG) is a breakthrough product in my mind and is what got me off the fence since I would not support HDM if I needed to get two players..... Doug
I'm in the same boat and agree wholeheartedly with you. Whenever you buy cutting edge equipment there will be glitches. Fortunately with these players like the 5000 now days, you at least have the technology and high hopes for firmware upgrades. You have a choice for when and if you want to jump in.
New technology does have it's costs. I bought the first ever wireless remote controlled VCR to hit the market back in about 1980. A new Mitsubishi VCR w/mono standard sound but it had a wireless remote! Cost me $1200 and in less than a year there were better players for half that that looked and sounded better. Then when DAT came out I had a Sony DTC1000 recorder gray marketed in and paid almost $2000. In fact I still have the beast and a ton of tapes that are just sitting! Hint, hint!
Well...live and learn. But I think the Samsung 5000 is far less of a risk, more reasonably priced and is at least capable of being upgraded through FW! It has already performed wonderfully for me and I fortunately have not experienced any real problems. I still have about 3 weeks to see what Sammy does, and have the option to take it back to BB if we really see that this player will never play the new HD lossless 7.1 codecs out the HDMI. I'd been watching the whole HD disc war step by step from the side until this third generation unit came out that has played everything I've thrown at it beautifully. I finally got my feet wet because this is the first player to at least promise to do everthing I think an HD player should do! I love the upconversion from SD (Reon) and if the fw update turns out good this things a keeper for me. Still the audio is almost more important to me than the video. So I want the codecs!
(My two bits!)
I looked at the Panny/Toshiba alternatives but they have certain limitations too! I think we have a better chance so far with this third generation 5000! Will there be other duo player's soon? Of course, but maybe even higher priced for a while. I'm sure we will even be able to buy a better duo format player in a year for less money. Then again it's your choice when to jump in and what to purchase. So far I really like this unit and I want a duo format player now. I don't have room for two units. Just need to see the codecs now!