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Our Sony Blu-Ray Player Crapped Out, Welcome Samsung!

In December 2012, we bought a “Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi”.  It sucks.  We want to bash it into a million pieces. We’ve had problems with it for about 6 months but now it is just useless.

Quick Death

It started with issues with its remote. So we replaced the batteries, and nope. We then thought it was the remote, so we bought a new one (exact same remote, brand, etc) and yet, still issues. Replaced the batteries, and again, no love. You have to be 3-4 feet away for it to work at all.

Then it refused to load Netflix unless it was rebooted. Now it can’t connect to anything like Netflix, YouTube, etc. That makes it nearly useless to us.

New Blu-Ray On the Way

We finally have called the death of the $100 piece of poop.  I started looking for other options yesterday and pulled the trigger on a $60 refurbished “Samsung BD-F5700 Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player”.  I passed up 7 different Sony brands to find it.  It has 4 out of 5 stars from user reviews, has wireless capabilities, and has the features we need:

  • Accesses Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, etc.
  • Has an HDMI output
  • Plays DVD’s and Blu-Rays
  • Bonus – Comes with a free HDMI cable, which is nice for us since we wanted another one anyway

I bought refurbished since it had the exact same reviews and overall rating as the new one.  I also splurged $5 on a 2 year warranty that will fix it or replace it if it breaks (no deductible or anything like that).  That still made it $15 cheaper than buying new.  Normally, I would have bought new since there wasn’t much of a difference, but I just had a feeling and liked the warranty idea.  We’ll see if it works out.

Have you had to replace anything lately?  I have no respect for a company that makes a product like this that can’t work well for at least a year, lol.

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8 comments to Our Sony Blu-Ray Player Crapped Out, Welcome Samsung!

  • My first Blu-Ray player still gets along fine. It was a first-generation player that I got after I realized I made a mistake by buying an HD DVD player. Quickly after buying the HD DVD player, the format was abandoned. Backed the wrong horse there. My Sony BDP-S300 is a little dated now, but it works. Good luck with the Samsung! I like their products (and I’m even investing in them for the Grow Your Dough blogger challenge)!

  • @Luke, I’m glad to hear that all Sony Blu-Ray players don’t suck. I’ll let you know if this Samsung one craps out too soon on us. :-)

  • Our blu-ray player is technically a Sony – it’s our PS3. We haven’t had any problems with it except the annoyance of updates. Samsung makes good devices though, so you’ll hopefully have better luck with it!

    We just don’t have all that much stuff on Blu-Ray (I’m not willing to pay the premium yet!)

  • @Mom of 3, we don’t own many Blu-Rays either, but we use the player a ton for Netflix and YouTube.

  • We bought a Sony BDP-S790 last year, it’s still working fine until now. We didn’t regret that we purchased it because we didn’t have any problem about it, BUT our new LCD TV was totally a crapped! We purchased it last two months and last week we are shocked because the TV failed to power on, gladly it’s still covered by the warranty.

  • Edwin Sierra

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  • Sony used to be among the best of the best as far as electronics go. I’ve heard from multiple people that they now seem to have slipped down from there. I honestly never really consider Sony though I do have a few DVD players that I got as gifts or as hand-me-downs. They work fine, but again, they were a few years old. Our Blu-Ray player is a Panasonic.

  • I have a Blu-Ray player I’ve never plugged in. I don’t own a Blu-Ray.

    I used to love Sony, but they’ve turned to garbage recently. I’d rather go with the Walmart house brand any day, now.

    I don’t buy devices with all of the other features. I have a Roku box for the other stuff. I just want a disc player that plays discs and has surround sound. :)