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Yea, some good some bad.
on October 2, 2010
I bought this to replace my second generation Sony (which I only got rid of to give to my Son who needed a DVD player). My main goals were netflix and 7.1 analog. The 3d 'ready' status was a bonus that I don't think I would have purchased one without at this point, thogh my wife keeps telling me she doens't ever want to watch a 3d movie!.
In any event, this player is nice in that it does load quickly, deliver a very good picture, and has a decent feature set. The 7.1 audio was important to me since with HDMI, you have to feed the HDMI to your audio Receiver first, and then out to your TV. Having to turn on the audio receiver to get audio for everything you watch in the player (like the wife's exercise videos) is a bit of a hassle. With the 7.1 analog output, I have a completely separate audio feed to the receiver, so the HDMI goes direct to the TV for 1080P video (and the audio from the TV itself) whether we need surround sound or no.
The netflix is the biggest disappointment on the player. While I can work with the limited interface, the functionality is still marginal. As someone else mentioned, the player only offers access to the 'instant que', you can't add movies or shows directly from the Blu-Ray player itself. This isn't a big problem for me, as I have a laptop in the family room almost all the time, that if I wanted to add something I could easily do so.
The real problem with the NetFlix is that the streaming has TONS of lag. After using the player for almost a month, we've seen load times of up to more than a minute-minute and a half. Perhaps three times over the course of watching 20 different shows, it stopped and had to wait while it 'caught up' with itself. Today, it actually said that it couldn't stream an episode of The Office because the bandwidth available was too low. I immediately shut off the BD player, and put my NetFlix disc back in my Wii and loaded the same episode, in a matter of seconds. Both are using a wired network connection plugged directly into the router, so there is at worst, a big problem with the way they make this thing stream, and at best some special trick to how you need to set this up to stream effectively. I double checked, and I DO have the latest firmware...
Aside from that, there are just a couple of 'annoyances' that the player has. For example, there's no physical "eject" button. I would usually hit eject to power on the player and open the drawer in one shot with previous players. With this, you have to power it on, wait for the 'soft buttons' to appear, and then hit eject. Just a couple seconds, but again a minor annoyance. The big one is annoying because of the inconvenience as well as the fact that I have NEVER seen ANYONE design their player like this: The disc drawer is recessed all the way around. Meaning that where on EVERY OTHER player and drive I've ever seen the sides are open so you can pick up the disc by the sides, this one, with the recessed area all around the disc, you can ONLY pick it up by the middle. This is a little inconvenient and a big stupid.
Generally I wish I'd looked a little more for a better player, and if Samsung can't give me a solution to the Netflix problem, I may still look for a better player.
UPDATE: I ended up returning this player for a Panasonic BD85 (review forthcoming) because of the Netflix streaming issue (thanks for a good return policy Amazon!). By comparison, the new player performs flawlessly as did my Wii with netflix.