Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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sure, here is it (work in progess)
- Very Slow Menu Changes : there's a 3 second delay once you make a menu change. most players are approx 1 second, and while 3 seconds may not seem like alot, this does tend to make you wonder if you have properly selected the option to begin with.
- DVI output automatically stretches 4x3 (1.33:1) images to 16x9 when in 720P mode. most 16x9 Projectors do not allow you to resize an image via DVI. the DVD player restretches all DVD pictures to 16x9 mode regardless of the original aspect on the DVD when outputting 720P.... HOWEVER when outputting 576P it's available...seeing as the image is not rescaled when output, seeing as it is it it's native aspect/format/ratio....
- 720P output reduces overall image size slightly. this results in the image being window boxed with black bars all around. on a 100" widescreen image this creates a 1-2inch black bar on each side of the screen
- 720P image mapping is shifted to the side. on PAL DVDs the image needs to be shifted -2 WHEREAS on NTSC material it needs to be on +6. as you could imagine if you are switching between NTSC and PAL DVDs then you have to readjust the H Position setting each time, otherwise the image is not centred correctly.
the odd thing is there is an option on the player setting that DOES allow you to output a 4x3 image within a 16x9 window (with black bars on the SIDES) via the component output (and this feature should be included on the DVI output otherwise we get fat people on screen when viewing 4x3 framed images :)
- DVD Tray does not close when you turn the DVD player OFF. if you happen to have the draw open, and DON'T press CLOSE before turning OFF the machine, it leaves the tray sticking out... HOWEVER, when you then turn the player ON, the first thing the DVD player does is CLOSE the draw.
- Chapter skipping won't "reverse" back more than 2 chapters at a time. if you are at (for example) chapter 10 and want to skip ahead to chapter 3, you can't simply press the SKIP REV button 7 times in a row. you can press it 2 times in one go, then wait for that particular chapter to start playing, then you can press it 2 more times, and so on, which makes it a rather slow and laborious choir...FORWARD skipping works fine.
- DVI turns OFF if not in use (be it for music listening, or watching via alternate output line). This requires manual activation via the front panel display. (no remote control activation available for this feature).
- Subtitles occassionally pop up and don't turn off - in my case was watching the region 4 Die Another Day and even though i had subtitles turned OFF, they appeared at the 47 min mark in BLUE at the bottom of the screen AND partially at the top (with the exact same text). these words stayed on the screen at both the top and bottom, even though different words continued to be spoken and it wasn't until the pressed the Chapter skip button that they went away.
- Discs occasionnaly lock up during LOAD processes. when you first PLAY a DVD, on occasions they simply won't start up correctly. The Screen goes blank during the disc loading processes and nothing happens. You then need to STOP the DVD and press PLAY again and it will re-load correctly. This is a very random problem and i have had it occur on 3 different occasions and am unable to repeat the problem with the same DVD.
- Audio/Image Dropouts on select DVD titles with Branching. On Finding Nemo (for eg.) I was getting a 1/4 second audio drop out at one particular point and ONLY via DTS, and it happened to be the exact point where the "return" point was if you happened to be watching the visual commentary (and given that i wasn't watching it, it just drops the audio out at the point instead.... HOWEVER, i was able to repeat this problem about 6 times, BUT when i ejected the DVD and reloaed it, the problem wasn't duplicated (so there's something of a memory buffer issue at hand, and i do tend to go back and forth and skip audio tracks when playing around with a DVD)