Join Date: Apr 2003
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After a couple of days here is some more information and thoughts.
Standard DVD Playback
Picture quality is excellent. As compared to my Denon DVD-2930 w/its Reon processor, black levels and color are richer. Definitely a step above what I always felt was a washed out look of standard DVDs on a 1080p panel. Sharpness and clarity of picture are the same or better.
Start & Load Times
Power-on tray eject 18 sec/20 sec
DVD Loading 19 sec/22 sec
BR w/o Java 36 sec/24 sec
BR w/Java 65 sec/65 sec
BR w/BD Live 90 sec/90 sec (w/SD card installed, w/o SD card times the same as BR w/Java disc)
1080p/24 for DVDs
I have played with all the video settings. 1080p/24 appears to only work for Blu-ray 1080p/24 discs. My panel (Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD) won't inidicate 1080p/24 on the screen, but the player and my AVR (Denon AVR-3808CI)indicate only 1080p output on standard DVDs, while they show 1080p/24 for Blu-rays.
DVD Layer Change
I was somewhat shocked when someone asked about this. With my DVD-2930 I never even noticed layer change delays. However, DVD layer change delays evidently are back with Blu-ray players. The player indicates layer and bit rate information on one of its DVD display modes, so I was able to find the layer changes to comment. There is a fraction of a second delay on layer changes, I would say less than a half of a second. I did check the delay on my Panasonic player and the DBP-2010 performed better.
Only works for DVD, DIVX or Picture Viewing, not on Blu-ray
I was incorrect in my initial observation, the player has picture adjustments with 5 memory settings. The adjustments are for contrast, brightness, sharpness, black level, gamma correction and color.
HQV Benchmark Tests
I ran both the DVD and HD discs and as far as I can see the player passed all the tests.
I hope this covers most of the questions asked. I guess it is now time to watch some Blu-rays.