Heed warning...unless you want to take a risk and headaches
1 February 2010
Summary: I have seldom reviewed products. Mostly because I am open to give some leeway to a piece of technology when they malfunction. However, I have been tested with this piece of junk for the past 9 months. IF and when the player works, it works good. But mostly you will be saddled with freeze frames, out of sync audio or plain boot up failures. Loud hums and mechanical noises are also a norm.
Summary: I bought my unit in May '09 and it worked wonderfully for many months - picture quality was great when connected to a Samsung LN52A850 (which I bought at the same time) and Netflix was ideal, it even did a firmware update successfully via the ethernet connection. In early Sept '09, another firmware update was available and this done. The thing never worked again - it had entered a state called "bricked" (as is as useless as a brick - no disrespect to a real brick).
Summary: I got the player last week, connected it to the internet via cable. It discovers that there is a firmware upgrade after communicating with the mothership and asks if I want to upgrade. If you say no, the same screen comes up at the next power on. I gave up and upgraded the firmware. Now there is blockbuster and youtube on the selections (who cares? all I need is netflix that's the reason I purchased this model). I decided to watch a dvd.
Summary: I got this one to replace my aging DVD player and it worked fine for a couple of days. I liked the netflix streaming too. In total, I watched two DVDs and a netflix streamed movie (Usually I don't watch three movies in a week, I was testing the player in the first week). Then it stopped working. Only functions that would work are Power On/Off and Tray Open/Close. Otherwise it would just display a LOAD message. I had upgraded the firmware at the first power on.
Summary: Be very careful when updating the firmware on this unit. On my second firmware update my 1600 promptly turned into a brick. Others have had the same problem. I have now been without the player for close to two weeks while Samsung completes warranty repairs on the unit.
Major Issues with this player, would pass on it If I were you.
Joshua M. Garrett, Amazon
12 July 2009
Summary: I purchased this player about a month ago when Amazon was running the 4 Blu-ray's and a Samsung player for a big discount. Picture quality and audio are great, when they work. I've had problems on several discs with audio lag and when the player found a firmware update over the network, I readily upgrading to it only to have the upgrade process kill the player. I've heard updating from USB does not have any issues.
Be careful - some bad units out there (updated to 4 stars)
M. Kenney, Amazon
13 June 2009
Summary: I am usually pretty forgiving of flaws in products, probably more than I should be, but this one pushed things too far. I have had this player for 3 weeks now, and I am in the process of getting a replacement to see if I just got a bad unit, or if it is a problem in general with the model. Here are the issues I have had with it: - Turning the unit on typically does not work the first time.
Summary: as others have said, when this works, it works well, there are however too many flaws for me to recommend this, as follows: The flip out panel keeps getting stuck when you try and close the tray, so you have to get up and free it with your hands, which defeats the point of the remote. I can live with that but it's very annoying. All the discs we've played over christmas have had problems playing, one of them took ages and ages just to load but once loaded played ok.
Excerpt: really wanted a new Blu Ray player to play home videos on in high definition. It was fine connecting my camcorder to the TV but it became a chore and I began to envy friends who could play Blu Ray discs so I decided to purchase one myself. I chose Samsung because having used a lot of equipment owned by them I know that their quality is excellent and the price tag is never too extravagant.
Excerpt: We initially purchased this blu ray player because we had a Samsung TV and we like our equipment to match though the TV ended up packing up and we went for a different brand but that is a completely different story! We purchased this at the beginning of the year and it cost us £155. It is a really nice looking blu-ray player with a nice glossy black finish to it. It looks really nice when it is set against a TV of the same type of finish.