Originally Posted by jhm_vbnl
Does the BD-A1010 have better image quality for blu ray and dvd than the BD-S671? Better scaler perhaps, or is it the same?
How about the analog stereo out (for br/dvd sound, that is)? That is what I will be using, so I'd like to have better analog sound quality than what models like the x10 prom Panasonic or the 6700 from Samsung offer.
Other improvements in the 1010? Quicker loaind of BR maybe? Or can one just pick the 671 if SACD is of no concern?
Are there many bugs reported in Yamaha players? I first had the Panasonic 310. Excellent image quality, but analog sound is shut off when setting the player to 24p. Since then I try to find out about these kind of bugs before buying.
I cant speak to the comparison with BD-S671 on image. I have used the stereo and multi-channel analog outs on the BD-A1010:
Stereo analogs - provides a broad sound stage, but with a noticeable increase in low bass notes. Everything else sounds fairly neutral, which is compliment for a DAC.
Multi-channel - the imaging is very precise, but the bass is lacking. I have even bumped my receiver up 10dba on the multi-channel input for the sub-woofer and it still sounds a bit absent. This occurs with CD's, SACD, and DVD-A.
HDMI of DSD and DVD-A to my receiver - sounds great as well, but I get to take advantage of Phase Control and all the room balancing algorithms in my receiver. I have a VSX-03 Receiver that uses a decent Wolfson DAC, and seems to work better for less precise recordings like rock, etc.
Load times for BD seems to be alright, much faster than my old Pioneer. I have not noticed any bug problems. From my earlier posts, the Internet GUI for this unit feels very "Beta" release and has a lot of opportunity for improvement. I am having a hard time finding a decent wireless bridge to get a steady connection from the BD-A1010 to my Asus Dual-N band router (this router rocks btw).
I have an older Yamaha DVD-S1800 Universal Player, the build quality of the unit and remote are better in my opinion. The sound quality from the DAC's are quite good. I can't say if it is better than the BD-A1010, I like the performance of both.