Originally Posted by vitale
OK guys I have a question -
I am looking to either purchase this player or the Sony S300 and would like some feedback:
1) It looks like this player does not output Dolby TruHD or DST HD, but rather converts everything to PCM (is this correct)? If so, how is the sound difference between the two?
2) Does this player come with an HDMI cable in the box and is it good or do I need to get another higher quality HDMI cable?
3) The ethernet port - does it connect directly to the internet or do I need to network it to my pc to "talk"? I'm hoping I can just plug and pray
4) If this unit does not play Dolby TruHD or DTS HD - what are the odds of it getting a firmware update to do this in the future?
PS - any other input would also be greatly appreciated.
These are the answers:
1) No. It process Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD as regular Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 respectively. If you set the digital output as bitstream, it will transmit Dolby Digital and DTS from coaxial/optical and HDMI. If PCM is chosen as digital output, then regular Dolby Digital and DTS will be converted to PCM prior to sending the signal.
2) No. You have to buy a cable.
3) No. The ethernet port must be connected to your DSL/Cable modem to work.
4) Frankly, no one knows if we will receive a firmware to process Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD internally or output digitally using the HDMI 1.3 capability.
At this point, I recommend you to wait before you buy a Blu-ray disc player. Or you'll be buying 2 or 3 more players until the manufacturers build a full featured one.
Also, keep in mind the BD-P1200 doesn't drop resolution of discs recorded in 1080i like the rest when converting to 1080p. The Silicon Optix Reon chip do wonders not only to SD DVD but to HD conversions as well. Most, if not all, players tested dropped 1080i to 540p to convert to 1080p. Most concerts, documentaries, etc... are recorded in 1080i.
Hope it helps.