Originally Posted by winston9332
If you have a chance, please time normal operations (ie power on, disc load times, hitting eject when cold, etc). Thanks!
Set up wasn't too bad, but took me a while to get everything dialed in. I've calibrated my speaker output levels previously with a sound meter, so I didn't touch the sound levels really at all, but did take a listen during the initial setup process.
Dark Night BD Load Times:
42 seconds to FBI Warning
55 seconds to WB Intro screen
76 seconds to start of movie
Matrix SD DVD load time:
31 seconds (repeated twice)
CD load time: Buena Vista Social Club 18 seconds
I don't have any cold eject or power on times...I'll get those tomorrow. I've had it one since I got home with it so over 12.5 hours now. The unit isn't even warm to the touch after being on for that long.
My PRO-1150HD hasn't been ISF calibrated, but I've taken D-Nice's settings for the TV, and have used the THX calibration setup from Finding Nemo on both units BDP-23FD and my Samsung to make sure they are on the same page.
I've been running my Samsung DVD-HD841 (which is a 5 year old up scaling DVD player) through component (Transparent Reference Video) cables to my Pro-1150HD in native 480i and have been pretty happy with the PQ, but have felt like I could do better with SD DVD and CD playback. My SD DVD thoughts are still up in the air, but after 3 hours of watching only a few chapters from Finding Nemo it is still a toss up as to which is better. My eyes are telling me that there appears to be more detail in the native resolution image from my Samsung then from the Pioneer, while the black levels seem to be much better on the Pioneer (connected directly to the display with Transparent High Performance HDMI cable). I plan on trying to try mess with the settings more on the BDP-23FD to optimize the picture.
I rented a few BD from Blockbuster (300, Dark Knight, Casino Royal) and only really watched through the Dark Knight. I've never owned a BDP so I don't really have the ability to perform any comparison to other players, but the PQ seems pretty good as you would expect.
CD playback so far has been much better then anything I've heard on my Samsung, with pretty good depth and spacing. I plan on doing a lot more listening on Monday, so I'll add some more comments then. I did take some time to listen to parts of Diana Krall's Christmas songs, Winter Wonderland and the bass sounded very clean. Allison Kraus Loneliness Runs Both Ways was very nice with good depth and a broad sound field. And Miles Davis's Kind of Blue reminded me why I purchased me Vandersteen 2CE's in the first place. So far I'm real happy with the CD playback.