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Hi,Although my BD player is having a repair under warranty through Richer Sounds, and is taking a ridiculous amount of time to get the part from LG....the whole disc mechanism by the way, due to this forums review I went for the BD390. It's a good player but the time taken for LG to supply the part (which apparently is now in) is not good. If one discounts the first week due to the fact that I took it back to RS the week between Xmas and the new year (so i'm being more than fair) it still will have taken six to seven weeks before I get it back. Good player but lousey aftercare by LG and to some extent by the company that RS contract to carry out the warranty repair / replacement part.
I missed the word our when I read the title.Always. Yes it's necessary to try before you buy as reviews are always subjective, but no HiFi dealer stocks everything so it's best to get a short-list first and find out who stocks what. Reviews can really help here.
If something gets a really bad review then I know probably not to waste my time auditioning it.
Also, good review sources get a chance to test lots of items from a similar price range so they have a good reference point. Often user reviews on sites like Amazon are full of "Wow, I upgraded to this 50" plasma from a 14" CRT and it's amazing!" - well of course they're going to think so.