Posted January 24 2008 - 05:19 AM
| Originally Posted by Cees Alons |
There was serious talk of a combo-player. I was hoping both would be far enough in the pipe-lines to come through whatever happened.
This decision by Samsung seems to contradict that, although the "new" model could very well be an "upgraded" UP-BD5000, without possible flaws (and more expensive
I think this whole format "war" are still preliminaries (also given the market penetration), and both formats will continue to compete in the future. And I personally need a player in my HT, for a considerable time, that will play my HD DVDs!
I have read that the 5500 announced at CES does not have the internal decoders, but will send the bitsream high def audio through HDMI, plus the lack of the Reon. That model is out for me. One of the high points for me was the Reon and the 7.1 analog with internal decoding. I just wish a blu-ray player would come out that has everything I want. Panny bd50, as I said, is close but there's the upscaling that I think is terrible on the Panny blu-ray players. I am considering getting a Sammy 1200, which are going for $250, to use as an upscaling player, that has the Reon, and then going with the Panny BD50 for the 2.0 and 7.1 analogs with internal decoders. At this point I have lost interest in going hd-dvd. Looking at sales charts, and the latest player sales reports, it doesn't look good for hd-dvd and I hate to invest right now.
For those with hd-dvd libraries, and wanting to go blu as well, this seems like a good idea, the combi player, but they already have a hd-dvd player.
It's such a disappointment. I know you too, Cees, have been waiting for this player as far back as last summer like I have. To see it delayed so often and then discontinued so quickly, plus all the problems reported over at AVS forum on the owners thread, is a bummer. Samsung is saying the firmware is coming for owners for the soundtrack fixes, and if they are fixing the player with firmware, seems strange they are discontinuing it. It must be the software running the player as stated over at AVS and EngadgedHD.