Samsung BD-P1400 or Sharp BD-HP20H Blu Ray DVD players

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Thanks for that. Good deal!!

But does any body have an opinion on the two and what's the better one of them?
 
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I have the Sharp and it's a good player. I'm very happy with it, although for some reason the Hi-Fi Police seem rather down on Sharp as manufacturer.
I auditioned both players with the same discs (The Searchers on BD and Revenge of the Sith on DVD) and the Sharp won hands down. Both were partnered with ther appropriate 46" same brand TV in store.
The extra discs thing is a good deal, though.....
 
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Both excellent players for under £200. Disc offer (if you like the choices that is) makes the Samsung even better value. I think both players were released in October 2007 at approx £399, so anyone worried about prices dropping, here is proof that one format means prices drop quicker as the market grows! There are new models from Panasonic (£350), Samsung (£300) and Philips (£300) out shortly. The Panasonic is out next week. Expect those prices to drop quickly, especially on the internet. AV Land is already advertising the Panasonic for £299. Maybe not RRP, but expect players to get down to £150 on the street/internet (maybe even lower) by the end of the year!

There could be nearly 1,000 titles available by then, if all companies went on a release frenzy. Paramount had planned approx 80 HD DVDs by May. So expect a fair number of their titles to be out this year and then there is Universal, who had approx 150 HD DVDs planned. The existing Blu-ray supporters have another 250 titles planned, in addition to the 500 plus available right now. It's possible to pick up UK discs between £10 - 17 now, by shopping around. Maybe back catalogue titles will also come in at lower prices? They are in the US. Many are now only $19.95 before discount. However, refer to www.blurayregioncodes.com for playability on Region B (UK/Europe/Australian) players!
 

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We'll have a comprehensive test of the Samsung and Sharp, plus a whole host of other Blu-ray models, in the What Hi-Def? supplement free with the April issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - on sale this Thursday (March 6).
 

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