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Warning for future buyers: This player will not play all blu-rays
on December 10, 2012
Well, after being a DVD person for several years, I finally made the plunge to Blu-Rays (Still in the middle of swapping all my DVDS for Blu-Rays). I was the last one in the family to switch to blu-rays and not knowing what I was getting into, bought this model just 10 days ago on December 1, 2012, for my first Blu-Ray player.
I received the product on the 5th, initial setup was a breeze. Really easy all around, setting up my network and updating the firmware took maybe 5 minutes tops. At first, I was a little disappointed in the over-all layout of the menu system. It's really clunky and not to mention very cheap looking. It looks like a cheap knock off of the PS3's layout, but I dismissed it.
Netflix loaded up quickly but again the menu layout of netflix on this device is really poor quality and navigating is slow but otherwise, it loads up movies and TV shows in a snap and there are zero issues streaming. No hiccups, no freezes, no shut downs, nothing. I tested pandora as well, no issues.
Then I popped in a DVD, loaded up fairly quickly, no hiccups, nothing. It streamed and played fine. Sound quality was decent. After testing the DVD side of things, I swapped it out for a blu-ray, Harry Potter and The Half Blood prince. Again it ran smoothly, booted up quickly and looked very well.
Now here comes the issue, after watching several Blu-Rays, I had complications with several more. It seems that this player has difficulty reading Universal Blu-rays. Sometimes they will get stuck on the loading screen, other times they will freeze an hour or so into the movie. After doing some research on the subject, it seems that several people have this issue with Universal Blu-Rays and sometimes Warner Brother's with this model. However strange that this comes unnoticed in Amazon reviews and also on CNET. I have tested the blu-rays that would not play on this player on a Panasonic and did not have this issue so it is not a faulty disc.
The conclusion is that this is a decent player if you can get pass the extremely clunky and cheap quality of the menu layout. & I would keep it if it played all Blu-Rays but unfortunately I will have to return this. I plan on buying a Panasonic. My advice is the minute you get it, test several blu-rays from Universal and Warner Brothers or avoid the problem all together and look for a different player.