Originally Posted by EWL5
You should be bitstreaming. The usual caveats apply when you want to listen to secondary audio.
Hopefully someone who has experience with both the BD30 and BD35 can respond on pic quality.
I hooked up my new BD55 last night. I had a BD30 before and watched certain scenes from 3 Blu-rays on the BD30 before I made the switch.
I watched Master & Commander on the BD30 mainly to find out if I can hear the difference in the DTS-MA on the BD55 decided in the player PCM vs the BD30 Bitstream. The DTS Ma on the BD55 was more dynamic. The opening scene when The ship gets tore up by cannon fire is a real test for lossless new codecs. Picture quality was slightly brighter. Not much difference.
PQ is not fantastic on Master & Commander. It's the great sound that draws me to this Blu-ray.
Spiderman 2 in Blu-ray was the next disc. Watched that on the BD 30 before the changed over. The BD55 seemed brighter and more vivid with this Disc. Color saturation was up. My wife immediately noticed how the colors popped out more. Sound Quality in Dolby Tru HD PCM was outstanding. When Doc Oc steals coins from the bank I thought the coins hitting the floor were more noticeable and clear. There might be a slight red push with the BD55. But the picture was a "bit" sharper & clearer on my HDTV.
Iron Man also looked a bit brighter and more vivid in the outdoor scenes on the BD55 vs BD30.
Sound quality was outstanding in Dolby Tru HD PCM.
I also checked out Die Hard 4. This looked very sharp and vivid on the BD55. Sound was again outstanding in DTS MA PCM. Very Dynamic.
Overall PQ was slightly sharper and more Vivid on my Sony 60" SXRD HDTV
with the BD55 over the BD30.It's not a night and day kind of thing. But it is slightly better on our 60" HDTV. My wife agreed. And she said very positive things about what she calls the "Blu-ray sound" being better than standard DVD sound. She no longer likes to watch or listen to standard DVDs. Love that. Ha!
Equipment tested on
Sony 60" SXRD
Anthem D2 Processor
Theta Dreadnaught II
Kef Reference 205 RL and 204 center
and surround sound speakers
and BD55 Blu-ray players