Originally Posted by sawfish
The replacement F5900 improves on the constant-level crickets noise, but in all other respects, it's just as loud as the first one. I guess high noise level is just part of buying a BD player these days.
Moving on, has anyone tried playing MKV files from a USB drive? I'm finding that compared to the Sony S5100 and my PC, which look essentially identical on my Panasonic P50ST60, the F5900 makes the TV (calibrated with meter and Calman 5) look like it's been switched to a slightly jacked-up mode (which it hasn't been), or that some sort of "Reality Creation" has been switched on, to use a Sony TV term. It's not a question of the TV settings or input, as both the PC and BD players are plugged directly into the TV, and the S5100 and F5900 were plugged into the same HDMI port one at a time. The F5900 does have a "Picture Mode" option, and changing it from Standard to User makes a small difference, but adjusting the User settings by even their smallest amounts goes too far; changing to Cinema makes it a little dimmer, but it is still "enhanced". This is frustrating, because I have my remote set up so that I can directly switch between inputs on the TV, and my goal was to evaluate different calibrations by switching between PC and BD player, which takes about a second and is much, much faster than going through the TV menus and using the Copy command. This was possible with the Sony, but the Samsung, with its jacked-up output, makes it pointless. I've just checked, and the F5900 BD output is "enhanced" just like the USB output.
A couple of examples where the F5900 "enhancement" is plainly evident include the beginning of Chapter 4 of Star Trek (2009), which starts out on a nebula and star field and pans to Nero's ship, and many of the space scenes in Tree of Life. The F5900 seems to be more contrasty, with blacker blacks and brighter stars, but less detail in things like wisps of nebula gas and smoke. I've tried playing AVS709HD test patterns such as the clipping patterns and can't see a difference there. Switching the F5900 between YCbCr444 and RGB doesn't make much if any difference. Are Samsungs known for this? Seems unlikely that both the Sony S5100 and PC (XBMC/DXVA2, Nvidia GT430) would look essentially identical and be "wrong" in the same way.