I have read no less than 50 reviews of the 1590 on various sites and must say, I had some concerns about this player, even though it had a lot of good reviews. Some (a minority) of the comments were quite critical. Fortunately, I found them to be groundless. I find the following work perfectly: 1. Playing BD titles. Superb picture and True HD sound is detected by my Onkyo 605 HT Receiver. 2. Upconverts standard DVDs with no trouble, on on a 720p HDTV (someone posted that it would only upconvert at a 1080p output...this is completely incorrect.) 3. NetFlix startup was effortless. Networking (hardwired) configured itself after turning the 1590 on. Before turning the unit on or even plugging it in, do the following: a. Attach HDMI cable between Player and HDTV
b. Attach network cable to switch or router
c. ...then Plug in power
d. Turn on, follow prompts. I found the default settings worked just fine with my Samsung 56" DLP HDTV (720p). Network settings were automatically configured because my Router has DHCP services turned on, and DHCP is ON by default in the Player. NETFLIX: In less than 5 minutes (before I had even tried a Blu Ray DVD), I was watching a NetFlix movie. I didn't even need to open the manual. I signed up for the free 15 day trial at NetFlex BEFORE I turned on the Player. I was shown a "CODE" on the Player to enter into NetFlix web site to "ENABLE" NetFlix movies on my Blu Ray Player. I selected a movie for "instant" viewing (que)...if you select it just for viewing, it will show on your computer, and not the TV/Blu Ray player. Quality on an SD movie with 1.5 Mbps connection was acceptable. It was not anywhere near HD quality, and a bit less than normal DVD quality. No HD Netflix streaming has been tried yet. UPCONVERTING STANDARD DVDs Again, using the default settings (which turned out to be 1080i), I found my old titles played perfectly. Lethal Weapon 3 showed DD 5.1, just as it should, and sounded terrific. Video quality was very good, exactly what I would have expected of an upconverted SD DVD. It isn't Blu Ray, but it is nice! BLU RAY: Perfect Video and True HD Audio (if your amp supports it), otherwise DD 5.1 works just fine. I have not watched any super quality Blu Rays yet. I just finished watching the first Star Trek movie and it was fine, but not stunning. The remote works fine. The front panel buttons are touch sensitive and do not provide tactile feedback, but they do cause a short beep to be emitted when pushed/touched. OVERALL: A very solid, feature rich BD player that I found easy to set up, works well with NetFlix and handles standard DVD upconversion without difficulty, even on a 720p HDTV. The price is competitive and the quality seems good. Only time will tell how long it will last, but for now, I'm quite pleased.
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