Originally Posted by disbelief
Read quite a few threads from MPC. Mostly are complaints and no confirmation on what is fixed on the new beta firmware.
From what I've read, DVD playback has jaggies, BTB or WTW, lagging, off sync, etc..... very scary for potential buyer reading.
I'm thinking of checking out a demo, which dvd or scene in particular, should I check to test out the above problems?
You are a bit of a disbeliever aren't you
. The jaggies you talk about do exist when playing standard DVDs. When I say they do exist, they are no worse than any player that does not have the Faroudja de-interlacer chipset in it. However, play any avi progressive movie or any other even higher res files, up to 1920 x 1080p for example, then there are of course no jaggies to be seen. IMO, the lack of a better class de-interlacer is the only downfall of the DVD player in the 1350 when playing standard DVDs.
The resolution over DVI is absolutely astounding, coming very very close the my OPPO which is fitted with SDI. Much better resolution BTW than the same Oppo using it's standard DVI output. The Oppo's internal Faroudja de-interlacer markedly reduces the sharpness of the picture, but yes, the jaggies are just a little less obvious as a result. So, if jaggies are something you really don't like, you will need to choose an HD Media Player that uses the Faroudja de-interlacer/scaler chipset. I use both AVIA and DVE (Digital Video Essentials) test DVDs as my measurement "tools".
There are other items listed in the Official Bug Track thread here
. Most of these don't apply to me because I don't use those functions. The front panels controls (touch sensitive type) are STILL too sensitive. The open/close button for example often causes the tray to close before you can load a disc. Using the Remote Button instead of the front panel one, overcomes the problem though.
I haven't come across the perfect HD
Media Player yet, but the Snazio seems the best out of the bunch - at least for the moment. You can make it region free and have the CSS protection disabled, so that you can upscale standard DVDs that you rent, over the DVI connection. All, if not most HDMI models insist on HDCP handshaking which means that you won't be able to use them unless your display is HDCP compliant - a big issue for me as I have an older non-compliant display. In the end, it's the features that are most important to you, that will dertermine which of the 2 or 3 contenders suits you best. They all have bugs, but in the end it's more a matter of which ones you can put up with and which ones you can't.