EDIT: The purpose of this thread is to collect iinformation (bugs, features, feature requests, etc.) about the Algolith Dragonfly. This first post in the thread will be an ongoing work used to summarize features, issues and findings related to the Dragonfly. Please feel free to contribute!General notes and Issues:
1.09 SW Release
- Fan Noise (post #1)
- Fan can detach during shipping (post #26)
- Lip Sync discussion (post #59)
- Black level clipping with a HD-A1/X-A1 HD-DVD (post #114). Note this is due to a known problem with the Toshiba HD-DVD using HDMI and not a Dragonfly problem. There have however been several reports about HDMI and component->hdmi black level (or contrast) issues - see below.
- Interfacing with a Mosquito (post #121).
The purpose of this release is to add new functionality which I've agreed to keep secret until after CEDIA. Unfortunately none of the listed SW bugs have been addressed in this release.1.08 SW Release
From Release notes:
- Improved menu, many OSD bugs fixed
Format shortcut on remote control offers 720p50/60 1080p50/60 A&B in
addition to 480p60 and 576p50.
format + 1 = 480p60
format + 3 = 720p60
format + 5 = 1080p60 A (this is huge for us HD2K users. Thanks Algolith!)
format + 6 = 1080p60 B
format + 7 = 1080p24
- HDMI A/B now considered as two inputs for parameters saving
- All user's parameters will be lost while updating
- Auto-repeat feature of remote control may freeze video. Workaround:
reboot Dragonfly by pressing the power off /on key on the remote.
- Test patterns works for input resolution 480i, 480p and 720p only
- HDMI video may take a minute to appear after booting.
- External clocking not working for input resolutions 720p and above.
From user comments:
- Improved menus for e-warp and some of the other adjustments
- Realta chip temperature (in the info screen)
- New field control menu which allows the user to correct the 480i combing problem.
- 1080i combing problem is completely gone.
- Improved Judder (post #89)
Note that the full list of reported bugs is this list and the list under v1.07, unless it is specifically mentioned that those bugs have been closed out.
Initial (shipped) 1.07 SW
- 1.08 updater can fail if the unit is processing HD. Disconnect all video inputs before attempting the update.
- There is still a failure to resync if a device changes resolution from say 480i to 1080i
- Some menu items are still not grayed out like they should be (gamma for HDMI inputs for example).
- CNR can no longer be adjusted for either HD or SD.
- Unable to get a stable picture via HDMI from the new Samsung blu-ray player (BD-P1000). This problem also occurred with v1.07. The picture works fine via component but on HDMI only a blue screen and an occasional "snapshot" of video is displayed. (possible sync issue vs HDMI issue).
- An occasional glitch with analog inputs where the luninance seems way off and bright objects like white lettering are haloed/hollowed out.
- The flicker on the bottom left of the screen is still there for full screen 16x9 material.
- Some of the menu settings don't "stiick. For example the gamma on component defaults to 2.2 and must be set to 1 each time.
- Sometimes the OSD menu will crash and stay on. Pressing buttons on the remote doesn't seem to do anything other than causing the front led on the DF to flash. Performing a soft power cycle via the remote is the only way to restore normal operation.
- Sharpness setting doesn't seem to match the OSD at times and instead a low sharpness setting is used. Adjusting the sharpness will cause the mismatch to go away and the picture will snap to the sharpness setting on the OSD.
- The picture aspect ratio feature doesn't seem to work.
- 480i via HDMI from Pioneer Elite DV-59Avi does not work (post #138).
- S-video issues. The menus are unstable and are barely readable (post #89). Note: This can be corrected by switching the clock OSD selection to external. This also enables the aspect ratio control. (post #156)
- Possible black crush (post #89).
- HDMI audio problems. Does not pass Dolby Digital from HDMI sources (SA8300HD Cable DVR, Toshiba HD-A1) (post #135).
- Will not "transcode" audio from one connector type to another (say from HDMI input to Toslink output) (post #135).
- Toslink audio input doesn't work (post #135).
- Component output: 1080i60 -> terrible judder (frames dropping) (post #135)
- component output: 1080p24 -> does not work (post #135)
- Component -> HDMI seems to have loss of contrast or blacks (post #135).
- HDMI input also has elevated black levels (post #196).
- Blue screen when PAL disks are played (post #186).
- Red push to the image when component is used all the way through (post #193)
- 1080i combing problem w/ HDMI (Post #16) can be disabled by turning CNR mode on (post #17) - Note this was fixed in v1.08.
- Bottom left flicker problem (Post #16)
- nonfunctional OSD Menus not grayed out (post #17)
- Some user settings don't "stick" between power cycles (post #17).
- Raised black level (post #18)
- HDMI handshake issues (post #24)
- Necessary component OSD items such as Gamma and Color Temp are sometimes greyed out (post #35)
- Occasional luminance problem w/ compoonent (post #35)
- severe 480i combing (post #35) - Note this was fixed in v1.08
- Resync problems - especially 480i->1080i (post #35). Note resync can be forced as a workaround by selecting an unused input and then reselecting the original input (post 44).
- picture wobble w/ composite and s-video (post #42)
- Some pic enhancement and noise reduction options are disabled (post #46)
- BCE settings not currently enabled (post #46).
Component to HDMI transcoding on product launch (v 1.07)
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I received my Dragonfly today (thanks Jason!). I haven't had a chance to try it out with multiple sources yet, but I can provide some initial feedback for those of you who are interested.
The unit was packed well and arrived in great shape (sent from AVS via Fed Ex 2nd day air). The unit has a relatively small footprint and it looks nearly identical to the Mosquito.
I knew that out of the box, it wouldn't display 1080p60 without navigating the OSD (which wouldn't be possible on a 1080p only HD2K) so the first thing I did was plug it into a Samsung multisync flat panel which allowed me to set the timings properly for my HD2K (I'm using the stock DF 1080p60 A timings). Hookup and setup was a breeze. I then plugged it into the HD-A1 via HDMI and there were no HDMI issues whatsoever (using the latest Toshiba HD-A1 firmware). Setup and operation was a complete breeze. No issues whatsoever.
The first material I displayed was a poor quality SD DVD that was converted from really grainy super8 film from the 1970s (this is my "ugly reference" DVD). I've never seen this DVD look so good. The HD-A1 will only output 480p (I plan on checking out 480i via HDMI with my Pioneer DV-59Avi tomorrow). So I was surprised that the image was noticeably improved via the DF even though the deinterlacing was performed in the HD-A1.
After my ugly DVD, I put in Serenity in HD-DVD. Fine detail seemed improved over my old scaler which "bob's it's way to 1080p. To be honest though, I was expecting a bigger improvement in detail. This probably has more to do with my own expectations rather than a knock on the unit. It also could be a reflection that even bobbed 1080p from HD-DVD still looks great. I plan to do a lot of A/B testing tomorrow between the two scalers though so please keep in mind that this is just a preliminary comment.
The design of the remote is really cool and it is a bit amusing that Algolith went the complete opposite direction with the DF remote than the Mosquito remote. The Mosquito remote is a big, heavy but very solid feeling metal remote with a lot of direct keys. It's reminescent of a lot of high-end audio remotes (I'm thinking early Meridian). The DF remote on the otherhand is a very small, very light (plastic) unit that works with both the DF and Mosquito (it can replace the heavier remote). I actually like both remotes, but I'll probably end up only using the smaller one.
Now for the bad. The fan on the Realta is *EXTREMELY* bothersome. The fan itself is pretty small and is barely visible when looking through the top grill. It reminds me of some of the fans that are commonly seen on cheaper video cards and motherboard chipsets - short on heat sink surface area and big on RPM to compensate. The DF is definitely the loudest piece of equipment in my HT and is even louder than either my HTPC or my office PC (which uses no less than 5 fans). Worse yet is that the fan has multiple speed settings which are automatically set based on load (talk about overkill) and on some of the higher settings it sounds on a par with a CDROM drive spinning up. Why not simply design a quiet solution for the max heat load rating? The timber of the fan is also a bit objectionable - it's more of a "whirring" sound rather than a "whoosh". I'm also being generous calling it "a bit objectionable" as it's very fatiguing after awhile.
While the fan was running I also played around with different orientations to see if that affected the fan noise. It didn't really change the volume of the sound that much but the fan did seem to change pitch as the orientation was varied. One possible reason for this is poor quality bearings in the fan. I may be wrong, but the net effect gave me the impression that fan reliability is suspect. On the other hand I just went through an ordeal replacing the power supply and motherboard (Asus A8n-SLI Deluxe) on my office PC because the small chipset fan died (an endemic problem affecting many Asus owners) so I may be more concerned about fan reliability than most. Algolith/SO please learn from Asus's mistake and avoid fans altogether if possible or use high quality components with large heat sinks and fans and low RPM's.
I am a bit surprised that in this day and age of high quality, reliable and quiet fans that a fan like this has made it's way onto a production unit. I'm not sure if it's Silicon Optix or Algolith that is responsible for this, but whomever it is is it possible to offer a retrofit? As it stands now though, I'm not sure if I can live with the noise.
At any rate, I'll write more tomorrow after I've had some more soak time with the unit. I'd also like to hear other user reports especially about fan noise. Perhaps I have a bad fan that is going south.