I would like to echo GregF2's sentiments!
Originally Posted by GregF2
I have had this player 5 days no and so far it has been excellent. DVD upconversion is outstanding and of course so is HDDVD and Bluray DVD playback. It is an extremely quiet player and nice not having to hear the whining fan of my PS3 anymore. Plus now my family does not have to worry about multiple players when I am not around. With upcoming firmware upgrades this player will only improve. For the money paid, not sure how anything can beat it. If I were to buy a Toshiba Xa2 and Panny BD30 I would pay a lot more than the MSRP than this player and be back to the multiple players again.
I am facing my first full "purple" day, but was up until the wee hours playing with it.
Hooked up via component (sorry no HDMI on either my TV or AV Receiver) to a 1080i 65" Mitsubishi WS-65907 via an Onkyo TX-DS989. No problems with playing back any media (so far BR
Stardust, Serenity, SD
Meet the Robinsons, and DVD+R
The Nightmare Before Christmas (which odly enough, does not up-convert to 1080i).
I have seen no issues with grain or noise, however my eye is not as trained as others and my display is about eight years old.
Colors are vibrant, definition is stunning (even on SD content). Start-up time is better than I had expected.
I will admit that the audio setup is a bit wonky in that I only have sound from the front three speakers when doing the on-board sound test (this happens in all modes, and I believe I have tested this via TOSLink and multi-channel). I've got it connected via TOSLink and the Onkyo's 5.1 channel analog input (funny - a $2K+ "flagship" 7.1 channel receiver only has input for 5.1!). The only way I can achieve audio from the rear channels is to put it into a simulation mode, so for now I am using audio connected via the fiber. It sounds better than ever, although the direct multi-channel appears to have greater dynamic range and fullness to the audio... but my HT space is fairly large & open and I don't like to sacrifice my back channels so I'll stick with TOSLink until a receiver upgrade comes along.
Some may be pleased to know that Logitech appears to have codes available as I added the BD-UP5000 to my Harmony 880 without having to "learn" any codes!
I intend to test some of my other HD (300, Hot Fuzz, Bourne Ultimatum) and BR (Close Encounters) titles as the day goes on and hope be adding the Ultimate Blade Runner Final Cut to my collection (don't know what format the gift will be on) but we've got family coming to attend the birthday party for my daughter shortly.
I'll post my firmware when I am able, but believe it to be the same as others as my manufacturing date was 11/07 and when attempting a firmware upgrade, it was found to be at the latest revision.
One thing regarding the network setup that I have found. DHCP and Dynamic DNS work, but the addresses do not show up in the interface as one would expect. I believe the fields are only used to display manual entries. I can see the device communicating via my router, and it also pops up on my Symantec console as a device using the LAN.
More as it becomes available, and only if I've got anything to add to the discussion that have not been covered before.
Over all (although I have nothing other than HD feeds from Dish Network to compare it with), I am TICKLED PURPLE
over the purchase, as well the performance!!
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!