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The huge failure rate on the new Bond movies really intensified my curiosity as to what is going on the Blu Ray world with so many failures in playback.. This is ridicuous for all BD owners. I don't care whether you have a $200 player or a $2000 player, they should ALL PLAY ALL DISCS AT THIS POINT!! I just don't know. I'm no engineer either. I wonder if this is also somehow related to the lack of DTS MA decoding in so many players?
But, my guess as to the root cuase is manufacturers putting in as little processing power as possible (to save a buck) and the machines getting hung up on these processing heavy Java menus (because of inadequate processing power). Not enough RAM or the likes.. Hence, failures, freeze ups and lock ups.
I see so many playback issues but the PS3 seemingly never fails.. Neither has my very robust Denon or 1st gen Panny BD-10. Now the Denon is known to have taken the big processing board right from their flagship receiver and put it in the 3800. So, a lot of memory there.. (but not so in the more buggy Denon 2500 - less memory).
Usually first gen machines are built like tanks.. I wonder if other 1st gen players (e.g. Pioneer, Sony, etc) have less issues, too. But then again, the Panny BD-10 which has played all discs since I bought it does not do 1080P24 or DTS MA (so no need to process those features frees up more memory). All Bond movies played in the Panny once I loaded an older August firmware update.
So, I know firmware can aid these things, too.. But why? Is it linked to processing power, too?
I always see Samsung as a problem, but they are a lower end manufacturer.. so I can see many hardware cuts and less proactive firmware releases.
I could be way off but I'd like to better understand these failures..
*** I also think it is related to the lack of on board DTS MA decoding to analog or LPCM. Few players do it (except the PS3 and Denon). Again, two very robust players... It, too, requires huge processing compared to TRUE HD..
I think with players like the new Pioneers (new Sony's), they may never get DTS MA. My bet is the skimped too much on memory and they are simply trying to figure out a way to Jerry-rig the memory usage to somehow do both DTS MA AND be able to load these heavy, intensive Java menus... That's why they say 2009 (for Pioneer) as they haven't a clue how to do it yet.
Am I right or totally out of my element as a theorizing troubleshooter??
Goodbye to a great audio and video genius and writer... JOHN GANNON. I enjoyed your friendship, wit and a nice long run we took around Indianapolis at CEDIA years back... and for buying my Runco 980 Ultra years back... you saved my ass! Rest in peace.