Originally Posted by Aguapolo17
HyPyke, your review sounds pretty negative, but then you say you are happy with the player. I just want a player that is good at playing movies, and it's going to have problems when I load Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Transformers, etc. If you aren't worried about sound, but simply just being able to watch a movie without issues, is this a good player? My TV doesn't support 24p, and my audio receiver won't support DTS-MA or TrueHD, so those make no difference to me.
Well, it has a fantastic picture and supports all the interactive features of both formats 'at this point'. I would say that it does not fit the "good all around player" moniker because of the poor standard def DVD quality.
If you can wait for the Samsung, then, by all means, wait. It certainly sounds like the best "all around player" based on:
1. The specs provided by Samsung
2. The preview at hdguru.comThat, plus the fact that the price was already reported to be 799 at Crutchfield (Printed catalog). UPDATE: Apparently, according to another thread they are not honoring this price as it was a mistake. The Samsung may be 999 after all.
If all this holds up there is no doubt, the Samsung is the way to go.
I wanted the player, NOW however.
I'd waited forever and I wanted it before Ronin and Blade Runner come out. I wanted to go ahead and start enjoying 1080p movies on my set without having to resort to "other" means (*cough*usenet*cough).
Plus, I took a chance to be on the bleeding edge. Had I paid the full 999, which I was prepared to do at the time, I would be a bit disappointed but I did get what I wanted which was a dual format player that supported all the interactive features. The previous LG did not fit that bill obviously.
Now, the really sticky point in your post was, "being able to watch a movie without issues". Based on my research there is no "safe" bet here. All of the players have their quirks. MANY have needed upgrades to play newer discs and some have been upgraded several times. That is one of the reasons why they all (ok, most) have ethernet jacks. To be honest, you really won't be able to avoid those kinds of problems altogether. The moment a player comes out it "should" be able to support all the discs released up to that point. Beyond that there is no guarantee.
The reason my review sounds negative is because it is not a perfect machine and I was trying to make sure that folks understood the shortcomings. For example, I don't need 5.1 analog outputs because I have a new receiver that supports the new codecs. Analog output are VERY important to those who have slightly older gear. I don't care about standard def DVD playback because I am not giving up my HTPC and it's ability to disable all the disc and player prohibitions and jump straight to the movie, plus it has stellar upscaling and image processing. People who want a do-it-all machine do care.
Right now I am loving being able to watch HDDVD and Blu-Ray movies in 1080p with awesome digital sound. None of the problems I ran into so far have been particularly maddening or frequent enough to be an issue. But, I also knew what to expect out of HDDVD and Blu-Ray in general, as I'd read volumes on the players that were already out.
Hope that clears things up a bit.