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Bought one of these from Brandsmart yesterday for 248.88. They had stacks and stacks of them. They also had stacks of the Onkyo art the same price, and the 1500 Sammy for 198.98.
At any rate, I really like it so far. I wanted the BD35 but stumbled on this instead and thought the Netflix feature might be useful in the future. The player is really comparable in size to the Panny too. very slim and light, and it looks good. I watched The Dark Knight last night and the PQ was perfect. No worse than my PS3 that's for sure, and I know some of you won't believe it but at least with my Onkyo 805 the bitstreamed audio is definitely richer sounding. I had always suspected my HD-A2 had the edge in audio and now that I can bitstream BD's it's equal. I know there will never be a final decision on whether there is a difference, but in my setup there surely seems to be.
Load times are plenty quick here too. I am glad to see they are finally making strides in this area. It's not as fast as the PS3, but it's not painful to load a disc anymore.
All in all, barring playback hiccups with any of my discs, I like the player a lot. For $248.88 I really feel I got my money's worth. This is the player I was looking for a year and a half ago when i got the second PS3. Had there been small, fast, high quality players like this I'd have gone stand alone from the start. It looks so much nicer in my audio rack than the lumpy PS3.
Anyone have any trouble with any discs yet? That's the only thing that could turn me off to this player. I don't regret getting this over the Panasonic at all.
Samsung 55" JS8500, 48" JS9000, 65" HU8550, 46" ES7100, 55" D8000 (RIP)
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