Originally Posted by Waboman
I received the 3.0 update for my A35 in the mail yesterday. I'm still using v1.3 and can't recall where I placed the 2.0 disc. I never did the 2.0 updated because of the jaggies issue. Has the 3.0 update resolved this? Also, will the 3.0 disc include v2.0, or do I need to find that missing 2.0 disc? I do like reading about the faster load times.
For "sh*ts n' giggles" (gotta love Austin Powers
), I went ahead and updated to v3.0 from v1.3. Like Josh, my preference has been to set my A35's output to 1080/24p, so I bypassed v2.0 altogether (did a roll-back to v1.3). However, I've experienced annoying HBR drop-outs occasionally and some general freezing here and there. And though I was aware at the outset that 1080/24p would still be mortally wounded with v3.0, I went ahead with the update in the hope of the more robust playback experience that others here have attested to.
To my delight, playback has been rock-solid on the 7 HD titles I've analyzed since the update; no audio drop-outs whatsoever (never had any problems from any of the previous firmware updates with SD DVD, however). One thing I did notice, though, is that the "Auto" setting of the Film Mode selector no longer functions properly; it was flawless with v1.3. On v3.0, when set to Auto, the picture isn't as sharp as it should be. So I've set it to Film, which corrects the problem. Alas, when playing back titles that have a combination of film and video elements, jaggies do appear on the video clip portions. Nowhere did I notice this more than with the SD DVD version of "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," which contains archived video clips here and there. This anomaly did not exist with the same title when Film Mode was at "Auto" on v1.3, or on my PS3.
The sacrifice, of course, is that I can no longer use 1080/24p now due to the horrendous jaggies issue. So I instead send 1080i to my display. Surprisingly, with my setup 1080i is slightly (but noticeably) cleaner than with v1.3. In testing it with v1.3, and the picture was a bit too soft for my liking. Then again, no one buys an A35 to feed 1080i to a 1080/24p-capable display. (Do they?
) Anyhoo, with my setup I can't say it is 100% identical in quality to its 1080/24p output, but 1080i (converted to 1080/60p by my display) now is damn close and I can more than live with it for the time being. (Also as Josh mentioned, no increases in start-up or load-up times... though I suspect that the aborted format war prevented any further improvements along those lines from, say, a 4th- or 5th-generation player.)
In response to Lateralis' question, I found 1080/60p with v3.0 to have jaggies as well--and on ALL encodings. Not nearly as bad as with 1080/24p on AVC-encoded titles, but they're there now (they weren't with v1.3). Yet everything's prestine with 1080i. I'm confident that Toshiba will eventually find a way to resolve the problem. (They had better.
) But all in all, for now I can deal with the 1080i panacea.