My 3D Samsung was/is absolute crap, I have no sound on boot up sometimes so I have to power it down again, the blue laser went bad so I only have the red laser working (DVD's only on that thing) But this model is only about 2 years old now. Other people's millage may vary but I don't think I will be buying a Samsung BD player again.
That's why I am watching this thread closely, seeing what people think are better players cuz I don't want that to happen again.
While I continue to rave about the Sammy's ability to upscale DVDs and streaming content (mostly streaming content), I gotta say there is a lot to dislike about them. The remote is terribly designed and should be back-lit, using it at night in a dark room is damn near impossible.
For quite a while, the counters would stop on the faces of the sets and just sit on the same number until the program was done. Happened when playing anything. Had a hard time locking onto NetFlix streaming, but that was because of a problem with my Internet provider. Oddly, I used a Panny at the same time and had no problems with the NF streaming.
Sometimes I have to load a DVD two or three times to get it to play, that's really annoying since my Sony BD player plays them on the first try.
But, with me, it's all about the PQ and I can't find a reasonably priced BD player that pumps out a better picture than the Sammys.
I did have the same problem Stuart had for a while and had to pull the plug several times, but updates seem to have fixed that.