Originally Posted by MasterLock
Been poking around the net and these forums, and it seems people generally have good luck with open box (or, if they don't, a good retailer will accept a return on it). Either way, I'm not necessarily rushing to dump several hundred on a BR player, but I'm really drawn by the Netflix instant streaming feature the BDP2500 has. $200 for an open box, $250 for a refurb. I'd say $250 is the absolute cap for my Netflix-compatible budget. Which should I be looking at?
I picked up an open box Sammy 2550 about 2 months ago, which is the same as the 2500 except for the addition of Pandora. I was fortunate to get it from Best Buy for $129, including remote.
While it may not be renowned for it's build quality, or high quality DACS, it has a multitude of features that should accomodate most owners. Excellent BD PQ, as do most BD players and outstanding DVD upconversion, compliments of the Reon chip. Analog 7.1 Multichannel outs. It is BD-Live capable, if Live floats your boat. Then throw in the extras of Netflix streaming and Pandora, if it's the 2550.
In the 2 months that I've had the 2550, it has only failed to play one title properly. That title is Watchmen, playing the Maximum Movie Mode. Turns out, this title gives many players fits and I've read that WB released an initial bad batch of disks??? Quite frankly, my only real concern with this player is how long it will hold up, which prompted me to purchase a very inexpensive 2 yr service plan from Best Buy.
IMO, if you're looking at the 2500, maybe you should try seeking out an open box 2550 at Best Buy instead. Chances are, you will get them to sell it you sub $200, it will have a full mfgr warranty and you can add a service plan if you choose. Plus, you get at least 30 days to return.
Btw, you mention "good luck" with an open box. IMO, good luck or bad luck can be a factor with open box, refurb and NIB. The important thing, is the ability to easily return any duds. Contrary to someone calling Samsungs "garbage", I believe the 2500/2550 is a very capable player and at sub $200, a real bargain. Just my two cents.