After the rollercoaster ride here the last couple of days while waiting for my player it arrived today. I decided to rent Live Free Die Hard on the way to home test DTS MA 5.1 over analog as that is what my system is set up as. It works as advertised for those who need another verification.
Initial thoughts about player are:
-I tried to take a quick look at the chipsets, but after removing 9 screws and still not able to get the top off I decided to leave well enough alone for now. I am interested in how the DTS MA is being handled considering Sigma's feedback on the 8634 chip.
-I wasn't sure about the blue front, but it is transparent and looks black to me so if you are not buying this player because of the front I would rethink it
-Love the menu system. Very responsive and thorough
-PQ looks very good so far. Impressive amount of video settings.
-Very well built player. When lifting it has some substance to it. Doesn't feel flimsy
-Like the way you can pull up menu options while playing a movie
-Display button shows alot more info than my Sammy 1400 did. It is similar to PS3.
-I can confirm it does not have frame advance after pausing. Not a big deal to me. If you want to catch a Sharon Stone like moment you will just need good timing
I am very pleased so far. This is alot of BD player for the money, especially when considering the Sonystyle deal.