I just wanted to chime in. I got my upgrade disc yesterday and did the upgrade for my 51FD.
To reiterate what others have found already, the menus are smooth. I finally can run DVE-HD and the menus are incredibly quick. The initial load times are good, but as Ruined stated, the disc detection is slow. Top Gun didn’t work for me. After the splash screen it simply just wouldn’t go any further.
I decided to check the different video settings, PDP, LCD, Projector, Pioneer PDP, etc. Compared to the .80a firmware I had, there are actually differences between each of the settings. They’re not huge differences, but they are different. I didn’t do any extensive testing, but I just wanted to see if it actually did make a difference, which it does.
As for the High Speed Transmission, I already reported seeing differences even on the .80a firmware and those differences remain. I checked the DVE-HD color decoder and noticed no defects in the transitions between the different colors and I didn’t notice any difference in terms of results between the High Speed Transmission on or off, so I guess that’s a good thing, right? It doesn’t affect the calibration aspect.
Lip Syncing issues are finally gone (at least so far). Any time I fast forward or chapter skip, the audio and video keep in sync, so I am really happy about that. I did notice when checking the bitrate info, for DTS-HD Master Audio tracks, the max bitrate is only 2.0MB, which makes me think that the player doesn’t initially decode the DTS-HD MA track. It is a moot point to me since I send the signal to my receiver to decode anyway. Just to confirm with my receiver, it did read DTS-HD MA, still, even though the bitrate for the audio was only 2.0MB. So I guess the bitrate for audio only really applies for the player decoded information, or at least I hope so. I was testing it late last night, which didn’t allow me to turn it up because of my wife and daughter. If I find any problems or differences with the DTS-HD MA track I’ll post back again about it.
Overall, I really like this player, but the overall load times leave a little bit to be desired. I’m trusting that Pioneer will improve this as newer firmwares come out.
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