Yes, boys and girls, the day has arrived.
ILJG has finally gone...*drum roll*...PURPLE!!
I got this player a few days ago and finally threw it into the rack, with the new receiver (Onkyo 805). I also got a new HD-A35 to replace my faithful A1 (that I just updated to 2.4). The A1 now becomes a gift.
Very impressed with the speed and response. I've watched Ratatouille and Casino Royale and was very pleased with the PQ and AQ of both. Multichannel beamed merrily on the front of the receiver. I don't have any DD+ or TrueHD BDs yet. (But have seen DD+, TrueHD, and DTS HD-MA light up the 805 on my HD DVDs)
One thing I found kind of funny, was the screen that came up in Ratatouille, the pre-emptive apology
disclaimer saying "This may take 2-3 minutes to load, contact your HW...." and then it popped off and started to play before I had a chance to finish reading it!!
That was good for a laugh, but I can see why people who've cut their teeth on most BD players would be thrilled by this. This is a quick loading and responding player!
The setup was simple, and I'm happy to say, my Pioneer Pro-FHD1 handshakes successfully at 1080p24 with both this player and my new HD-A35 through the 805. Non-juddery-bliss--->
I can watch slow pans and end credits without feeling literally queezy. I realize this isn't a big deal to some of you, but it's been bothering me for quite some time now.
My only peeve is that there isn't an ethernet port. Burning discs for FW doesn't phase me, it's just that my A1 always had the port and it could always get the latest and greatest FWs and since the days of FW2.2 has been able to get web content. This is a minor peeve compared to PiP and other interactivity that's directly on the disc, and this player's got that. I could have waited for a real 2.0 profile player, but with the good things I read about this bad boy, and it's price...it was time.
I have more playing to do...