I have owned 2 PS3's, and have over 100 blu-rays. They worked great, but I sold the first PS3 to get the quieter 2nd one. Sold the 2nd one to try a computer set-up for BR playback. I have been extremely disgusted with the amount of time I have to waste getting the computer to WORK entirely using HDMI audio (seems like I waste 30 minutes just getting it all to jive between my computer, TV, and reciever). I finally gave up and moved the computer out to be used elsewhere.
So now I'm back to square 1, and am interested in buying a BR standalone player. I have some concerns, though..... maybe you can chime in. Notice first that buying a blu-ray player from well-known brick and mortar stores in Korea is a very expensive affair. You might think they would be cheaper here, because the brands are Korean -- they're not. It's the opposite, because they have total control of price and import through the "good old boy" network.
Now, back to players...
It seems like, although they are getting faster, I keep reading thread after thread about blu-ray players dying, not receiving updates, receiving bad updates, or poor service. As I have noticed these players grow noticeably cheaper in build on the outside, I have concerns that whatever player I will purchase is "built to break" just outside of the warranty period. Sooooo many products these days seem to be built as such, and it's frustrating. I can almost live with that if we're talking sub $100 players from Wal-mart, but we're not -- they're just more expensive here, overall.
Being that I live in South Korea, I thought it'd be a good idea to go with an LG or Samsung player (Sony can be found, but at a premium due to protectionist import policies). I almost pulled the trigger on an LG390 at $180, but found more than one thread on different tech sites about a "bad batch" of these where the drive inside would burn out within several months.
Then I started looking at Samsung. I keep reading about how they rarely update their firmware, and even read some complaints that Samsung has ended support (updates) for players in the past. That is enough to scare me away from Samsung.
So I'm interested in the Sony 370, but I'm Korea, and as I mentioned, they're a premium here. I can buy that model at the Sony Style store for about $250, though. Illegal imports (USA models) are sold online for cheaper, but I'm wary of that.
Then, there's the Samsung 1600 for about $125 -- but on the internet. To buy it from a brick and mortar shop here costs close to $200 for that model. When you buy from the internet here, you take your chances of getting something that's refurbished, used and reboxed to look like new, or problematic. Besides, it's a Samsung, and well... I'm just reading a lot of bad threads on these!
Buying another PS3 is out of the question, as the slim model has gone way up in price here (well over $300) and I'd rather get a cheaper stand-alone anyway.
Should I get:
1. LG370 (good price, more features, but bad track record of repairs)
2. Sony370 (pay through the nose)
3. Samsung 1600 (cheapest option)
Note: Panny's are even more insane in price than Sony here, and are pretty much all illegal imports.