Summary: I have owned this player for a year now. The startup of Blu-Ray disks is excruciatingly slow and can only play for about 15 minutes before freezing up or the sound gets out of sync. Also the HDMI video stops working and I have to restart the player.
Summary: After using this about 15 months I say that this is the 'buggiest', most tempermental piece of electronics I have owned in my adult life. Kind of like an old tractor. The first one I bought was bad out-of-the-box, which took a lot of time to figure out. Thanks to Amazon for a quick replacement! I would split my review into two pieces: 1) The thing works fine for playing disks. Blu-Rays look fabulous.
Summary: Purchased this unit 11 months ago. Worked perfectly...until the dreaded "You've been hacked" firmware error message. After 4 phone calls, I was told it there is a problem with the firmware and I had to send it in. And because it was out of warranty (which it isn't), I had to pay for this problem. Do NOT buy!
Summary: I had high hopes for this when I bought it back in February 2009, but after finding yet another Blu-Ray that didn't work as expected with this one (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) I finally replaced it with the Sony BDP-N460 Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) . Pros: --Netflix. This worked perfectly.
Summary: I bought a BDP-2500 nine months ago and all of a sudden it stopped working. I tried to power it off and on, create a firmware disk to reset the system, etc. and nothing worked. It stopped playing blu-ray disks, DVD disks, and would not respond to the remote (except on/off, open/close tray). On top of this, a relative of mine bought the same player and it stopped working after a few weeks of operation.
Summary: I purchased a BD-P2500 from Amazon via another seller about 6 weeks ago and really liked it, it's easy to use does the job and can update firmware via a download from Samsung and a USB memory stick, everything worked great. So I ordered a second one for another TV in the house but this time it came directly from Amazon.
Summary: I bought the Samsung 2500 at Thanksgiving, and for 5 months it has been fine. Then came a firmware update in the middle of a disc. Everything froze. The disc is stuck in the drawer, commands appear on the front, but nothing happens. The Anynet no longer detects the player. Crutchfield sent me to Samsung. Samsung wants me to send it to them and charge me for all shipping plus labor, since I'm beyond 3 months. I'm glad to findout that I'm not alone.
Cons: Died after watching about 30 DVD's. I bought it before Christmas 2008, hooked it up in January 2009, and it died in march 09. I brought it back to Best Buy but it was 10 days beyond the 90 day labor warranty so I had to pay $40 for them to take alook
"Before today...this would've been a 4.5 , now 1.5"
10 January 2009
Pros: - The blue ray picture was excellent - Upscaling regular dvds was quite nice - The netflix instant watching feature was great - Very good sound - Pretty easy to set up (including connecting to the internet for Netflix & BDLive)
Cons: - On day 16 out of the box, unit had to be shipped to Samsung for repair - Relatively slow loading times - Remote is not the best & was unable to sucessfully program Panasonic 1080p TV to use (so you need two remotes - to change volume etc.)