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Old 07-03-2007, 07:46 AM
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Default Sony S300 or Samsung BD-P1200

OK .... between these two players, what seems to be the consensus on which is the better overall player??? My Samsung BD-P1000 has been acting very strange lately (freezing up on a number of newer discs like Ghost Rider, Pirates 1&2, etc ... it'll "hiccup" almost constantly when playing those discs - basically pause and hang for a few seconds and then keep going, but it happens more and more frequently - and yes, I've got the latest firmware) Anyway, I'm looking to get something to replace it. From all the various threads, it seems that the Samsung has better picture quality, but the Sony supports more of the advanced audio codecs??? I'm tempted to wait for the BD-P1400 (might have to wait to see the specs) but will probably get one of these two units.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:38 AM
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If you want to get it in the next month or two, I'd go with the Sony. If you can hold off until Oct-Nov, the BDP-1400 might be a better deal.
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:43 AM
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I'm very happy with my S300. I've had it for about 3 weeks and had no problems with any disc. For a price a $499 I think its worth it.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:56 PM
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If I were choosing between the two, I would take the Samsung over the Sony. My reasons are the HQV chip and on board NIC.
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If you want to get it in the next month or two, I'd go with the Sony. If you can hold off until Oct-Nov, the BDP-1400 might be a better deal.
Have you updated the firmware? I remember reading that the BD-P1000 needed a FW update to handle the Java in the POTC. Not sure the FW number, but I think it came out in Feb. and can be downloaded at samsung.com.

Hopefully a FW update cures your BD-P1000, as I'd suggest waiting for a player with the BD 1.1 specs required of players introduced after Oct. 31, which hopefully the BDP-1400 will have.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:20 PM
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I'd go with ( and I do have ) the BD-P1200. The picture quality is outstanding in HD and up-converting sd dvd's to near high def quality. It has the Reon processor which no other ( at the moment ) Blu ray player has. The Toshiba HD-AX2 is the other player to have this chip. Also, the prices are now the same. In fact, if the 1200 were still $650.00 ( what I paid ) and the Sony $499.00 which it is currently, I'd still buy the 1200, it's that good.

Check out AVS forum under Blu ray players, Samsung BD-P1200. Start at the end for most informative postings. Here are a few postings from that forum.

From AVS forums, page 47, #1385 ouote........... "I just brought back the sony bdps300 back and picked up the sammy 1200 from best buy. As soon as I turned on the unit I saw the picture quality difference quickly. The samsung looks alot more sharper and colorful with deeper blacks than the Sony."

From AVS forums, page 47, #1400 quote.........."Just have to put my 2 cents worth in about the sound on the Samsung 1200.
I own both the Panasonic DMP-BD10 with Dolby TRU HD and DTS HD ,DD + and a HD-XA2 with DD+ an Dolby TRU HD.
Let me say that the I am very unimpressed with the new audio codecs since they offer a very minute difference in sound from the full bit rate dd and dts sound.
In fact there is more low end punch in the full bit rate dd and dts!
The difference is so minute i have just ordered the 1200 for its spectacular video quality.
Believe me you are not missing that much if you dont have the new newest audio codecs.I think i hear a difference?

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I am listening over a full blown 7.1 M&K 150 speaker system with both a pioneer elite VSX-47 THX Ultra2 reciever and a new Onkyo 805 THX Ultra2 reciever.
I will more than likely be selling the Panasonic.
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Old 07-04-2007, 03:22 AM
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I have the S300 and I have to say it's great! Very quiet and problem free so far. Well worth its $499 asking price.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:15 AM
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I'd go with ( and I do have ) the BD-P1200. The picture quality is outstanding in HD and up-converting sd dvd's to near high def quality. It has the Reon processor which no other ( at the moment ) Blu ray player has. The Toshiba HD-AX2 is the other player to have this chip. Also, the prices are now the same. In fact, if the 1200 were still $650.00 ( what I paid ) and the Sony $499.00 which it is currently, I'd still buy the 1200, it's that good.

Check out AVS forum under Blu ray players, Samsung BD-P1200. Start at the end for most informative postings. Here are a few postings from that forum.

From AVS forums, page 47, #1385 ouote........... "I just brought back the sony bdps300 back and picked up the sammy 1200 from best buy. As soon as I turned on the unit I saw the picture quality difference quickly. The samsung looks alot more sharper and colorful with deeper blacks than the Sony."

From AVS forums, page 47, #1400 quote.........."Just have to put my 2 cents worth in about the sound on the Samsung 1200.
I own both the Panasonic DMP-BD10 with Dolby TRU HD and DTS HD ,DD + and a HD-XA2 with DD+ an Dolby TRU HD.
Let me say that the I am very unimpressed with the new audio codecs since they offer a very minute difference in sound from the full bit rate dd and dts sound.
In fact there is more low end punch in the full bit rate dd and dts!
The difference is so minute i have just ordered the 1200 for its spectacular video quality.
Believe me you are not missing that much if you dont have the new newest audio codecs.I think i hear a difference?

Note:
I am listening over a full blown 7.1 M&K 150 speaker system with both a pioneer elite VSX-47 THX Ultra2 reciever and a new Onkyo 805 THX Ultra2 reciever.
I will more than likely be selling the Panasonic.
I have the bd-p1200 as well and I agree with you 110%! The pq is outstanding and all my dvd's look great with the upconverting capability. I read reviews for this player on cnet.com and they actually rated this player higher than the Toshiba HD-XA2. I paid $700 for it over Memorial Day weekend and I am glad I did (especially after the swelling came down from the head injury I recieved from my wife when she found out about it) because it was worth it. I have read that the Sony BP300 model is a good player..when the necessary firmware becomes avaible. But the reviewer could not recommend it until the firmware was installed. I'd go with the Samsung. Hands down.
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:49 AM
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Have you updated the firmware? I remember reading that the BD-P1000 needed a FW update to handle the Java in the POTC. Not sure the FW number, but I think it came out in Feb. and can be downloaded at samsung.com.

Hopefully a FW update cures your BD-P1000, as I'd suggest waiting for a player with the BD 1.1 specs required of players introduced after Oct. 31, which hopefully the BDP-1400 will have.
Sadly, yes, I've updated the firmware with all the latest versions (Samsung just released a new update for the BD-P1000 in mid-June) and it hasn't resolved the issue. I was starting to think maybe the player was overheating, because it seems to happen after 10-15 minutes of play. However, whenever I play an older Blu-Ray disc, it'll play straight through without any problems ... very weird.
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OK .... between these two players, what seems to be the consensus on which is the better overall player??? My Samsung BD-P1000 has been acting very strange lately (freezing up on a number of newer discs like Ghost Rider, Pirates 1&2, etc ... it'll "hiccup" almost constantly when playing those discs - basically pause and hang for a few seconds and then keep going, but it happens more and more frequently - and yes, I've got the latest firmware) Anyway, I'm looking to get something to replace it. From all the various threads, it seems that the Samsung has better picture quality, but the Sony supports more of the advanced audio codecs??? I'm tempted to wait for the BD-P1400 (might have to wait to see the specs) but will probably get one of these two units.

I really think the P1000 is a lemon. I've not nothing but problems with mine; I am considering just buying a Sony, or the Panasonic.
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