Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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An update on the S760:
I have had a chance to watch some more Blu-ray discs (1080p/24 HDMI), The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons and the two new Harry Potter Ultimate editions as well as the first four episodes of The Prisoner. The picture quality as seen on my PRO 111FD is fantastic, great colour, sharpness and black levels. The picture seems to have more depth and is more "film like" (smooth and sharp at the same time?) than the picture from my S500. I have the player set to standard with SBM set to on.
The player decodes the DDTrueHD and DTS HDMA soundtracks with no problems (at least according to the on screen indicator). It is set on "direct" and sends MPCM to my Yamaha 861 (used as preamp) and the sound quality is first rate.
The disc load times are much faster than the older S500 and response time (e.g. for chapter skip) seems faster as well. There have not been any operational "hiccups" or other glitches as of this point. There is no noticeable fan noise to speak of. The USB access for photos is light years faster than the Media Gallery in the Pioneer plasma and the photos get displayed in "dot by dot" screen resolution and look fantastic.
The quality of the machine seems to be a bit on the "flimsy" side at least as compared to the S500 and some of my previous DVD players, then again it only cost $450 CAD which was a lot less than the S500 was over two years ago. The price was a lot below the 999ES DVD players (~$2400 CAD 6 years ago!!!!) and the S7000 (~$1500 CAD when new), so I guess the performance is there, but the "tank like" build quality is gone as it is in most items for sale now. Then again, if it craps out in 1/5 the time of the 999ES it is even, based on the initial cost!!
The only quibble I have with the player is that there seems to be no way to get the player to show chapter times or chapter remaining times! The HP UE's show the chapter remaining time on screen when paused, but not accesable from the player itself.
So, all in all, the player is quite good, for the money. I do not know what "improvements" the US 1000ES has (the spec sheets are identical) it may be better parts in the analogue section (which I do not use anyway). As stated in my previous post I would have liked a 1000ES, but it is not available in Canada, only the S760, then again, it is cheaper and does seem identical.....