Originally Posted by rodelius
PQ of the Panasonic 310 is as good as it gets, but I returned my unit due to its crappy DLNA performance. It simply did not work with MKV files, no matter what DLNA server and settings I tried.
Now I need another player with 2 HDMi sockets and –hopefully– with excellent DLNA performance.
Will the BDP-S790 be that player?
I will appreciate any comments in this respect.
I am doing the exact same thing when the S790 becomes available in my region.
I had a Panny 220 and put it through some rigorous USB and DLNA testing with various formats over a period of a week, my findings unfortunately are the same as rodelius, the DLNA media container support/performance is weak to say the least, regardless of the media server used, so it had to bite the dust. Now its on its way back for a refund.
Some people on here or other threads were mentioning that network drives are a no go with the Sony, but I am of the opinion that its possible to host a DLNA server on a dedicated network share PC/NAS, so you can get the best of both worlds if you have a large digital library you wish to access through various LAN enabled devices, so the S790 providing good support for various media containers is a good base imo, the rest is only a challenge which can be overcome.
The Panny 3D performance was pretty nice, my 46" Sharp TV showed its best when I watched "how to train your dragon" dreamworks title in 3D BD goodness. Im hoping that the S790 will offer similar emersion factor, but that remains to be seen.
In the media streaming stakes, the Panny did well with HD content on a 10Mbps ISP connection, if a little clunky at times, so if the Sony offers a similar performance in this area, give or take, I'm convinced I'm onto a winner.
For me 4K is a red herring, so I'm a little gutted Im having to pay for that label, but in my mind I'll be offseting the extra cost against the size, look and feel and the remote of the S790, which imo is a much better overall package than any of the Panny models and the lower Sony models.
For me 2 x HDMI and splitting Video/Audio via HDMI is also a red herring since from a technical standpoint the Audio is embedded into the Video stream. So whether the Video and/or Audio is gated off at the BDP player or the AVR end is a null point, subject of course to the AVR having a similarly specced Video processor as the BDP and all being equal in this area. To have the flexibility however, is a good thing even if it is not a primary requirement for me.
As far as the XMB is concerned, I'm used to it because of the Gaystation (pun intended lol), but I wouldnt necessarily agree that its the best GUI since sliced bread. Imo the XMB is marginally better than the Vieira Connect GUI, but that can be attributed to having got used to the XMB interface first. Both are acceptable in my view.
The value of the Dual Core of the S790 at this juncture is unclear and it remains to be seen if this part of the hardware design will offer any noticeable improvement.
My biggest concern about Sony, is the management of their hosted online services and based on my experience with the gaystation, these have been borderline acceptable. I have also read online about the lack of redundancy offered by Sony in their datacentres, so any updates or maintenance server side is a concern from the end user service delivery point of view. This may or may not be applicable to a BDP from Sony, but I suspect this is an area that may cause further irritation in the future.
I have now found a supplier in the UK offering Harry Potter 3D collector set with any Sony BDP purchase, and although I personally don't like the Potter franchise at all, the price is right and the value add is there to make it a worthwhile 200GBP spend, when the thing eventually becomes available to buy
My thoughts on the subject.