Morning to the US and if you are buying the set today,be prepared because some of you are going to have problems, mostly audio ones, when you get this home today. This is true if you have a surround system and use Bitstream out on your BR player to your amp to decode.
This won't be true of all of the hardware configurations out there, but back in England we have reporting issues all week. Of course being in England we would expect no support on the issue whatsoever, so we are looking to the US to cause a stink and get this resolved.
I actually have the imported US set (not the UK one) although it appears that the disks are the same in the US and UK with regards to this problem.
Using an example disc, "Episode IV A New Hope", the following happens with the audio...
(1) At the titles, when "A long time ago..." appears on the screen, a lot of cracking and popping can be heard from the rear channels.
(2) At the start of Chapter 16, two audio dropouts occur within the space of 2 seconds (as a star destroyer moves towards the Death Star)
These are the ones I have found so far, but there are others scattered around. The equipment I have and have tested it against are...
Sony STR-DA5300 Amp
Sony BDP-S370 BR Player (connect via HDMI to the amp on a dedicated input)
Sony PS3 UK Slim (connected via HDMI to the amp on a dedicated input)
If I select the players to output as Linear PCM the problem goes away, so it seems that there is a problem with the DTS-MA Bitstream (i.e. passing your audio unencoded to the amp for decoding) on some amps.
There are other reports against Denon and Samsung equipment also, and there appears to be other issues with the Bonus discs (slow loading, screens going black etc.)
Before anyone asks, yes firmware is updated etc. and no other reported audio problems with the setup detected in the last few years of use.
So, good luck and see how it goes for you.