I was lucky enough to get selected for EAP2 and got my player yesterday. It's replacing a profile 1.0 player so I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the functionality previously hidden from me. I went through the basic setup and even some of the advance but at this stage, I'm leaving most things at default since that's what most people will probably do.
First impressions are positive. Player is *very* fast at loading and playing discs. I've only played one movie all the way through (Live Free or Die Hard) and there were no problems.
I have run into a couple of issues that may or may not be bugs. Some may be related to disc authoring. FWIW, the Oppo is connected via HDMI to a Yamaha RX-V1800 AVR (1.3a capable). The AVR has been flashed to the March 2009 version of firmware. I have a 7.1 set up with a back surround right / left in addition to the "standard" surround r/l.DVD-Audio
I only have two DVD-A discs, both are BlueMan Group (www.amazon.com/Blue-Man-Group-Audio/dp/B000051S65/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1238107221&sr=8-1
) which may be the problem.
When HDMI is set to bitstream, the AVR switches to DD True-HD but the audio drops out every 3 to 5 seconds. I called Yamaha today and they said that the true encoding of a DVD-A disk is either DD or DTS and, as a result, they just take the bitstream and run it through the appropriate decoder. It appears as though the Oppo has a problem sending the bitstream out.
When HDMI is set to LPCM, the audio is perfect *BUT* you lose fast forward functionality on the display. By this I mean that when you hit fast forward, the timecode on the Oppo display does not change so you have no idea where you are when you hit "play." The display does update when it begins to play at normal speed. This does not happen when HDMI is set to bitstream. With bitstream, when F/Fing, the timecodes is updated on the Oppo display as the disk position moves forward so you know where you are in the track.
Next bug - regardless of HDMI setting, the chapter forward button allows you to move from one track to the next track. However, the chapter back button, only allows you to move to beginning of the current track, you can not move from track 3 to track 2 for example.Audio decoding quirks
These observations may simply due to the fact that the AVR "knows" more about the speakers than the Oppo since I haven't done any speaker set-up on the Oppo.
In playing some DTS HD MA disks, if HDMI is set to LPCM, the AVR only senses it's getting audio on 5.1 channels. However, if HDMI is set to bitstream, the AVR indicates it's decoding into all 7.1 speakers. Shouldn't it be the same?
On the Stargate Extended Blu-ray (the movie, not the TV series), the case indicates encoding in DTS-HD Hi Res. When HDMI is set to LPCM, AVR receives 6.1 (one single back surround). When HDMI is set to bitstream, AVR decodes to 7.1. This is most likely an encoding issue on the disc.
I didn't see any difference when playing a DD True HD disc (August Rush). Regardless of HDMI setting AVR only decoded to 5.1.BD-Live
Really odd things here. It's enabled in the Oppo and the connection test works fine yet there are major differences between discs.
Kung-Fu Panda worked perfectly. Downloaded content without a problem, played flawlessly, erased easily.
Transformers doesn't work at all. When you select BD-Live, the disc reports error "Net0010: the player is not connected to the internet or is not capable of BD-Live. Consult owners manual." When you select "try again" from the error box, a new error appears, this time from what appears to be the Oppo - "This setting is prohibited. Please set up again." and the disc is rebooted to the beginning as if it was newly inserted.
Iron Man kind of worked. When disc is first inserted, you're offered the ability to download. If you say "no" then go to BD-Live in the extras menu, you can not get anything. The disc reports that the player is not connected to the internet similar to Transformers. If, however, you say "yes" to the disc-load prompt, it will take several minutes for the initial menus to load while the BD-Live content is downloaded but you can select BD-Live from the extras menu and see one item (Iron Man IQ) even though the screen makes it appear as though there could be other choices to the right and left.
Dark Knight was able to select BD-Live option while movie was playing. Got a spinning disk on screen in the middle of the movie for several minutes while the download occurred and the movie played. The movie menu system was locked up but that's disc encoding.The end
Have more testing to do but thought I'd pass along what I've seen and get feedback. I'd love to know a couple of discs that have PIP so I can test secondary audio. Discs like Ratatouille, Wall*E with additional content play like a dream.
Flower Mound, TX