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post #211 of 6745
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Originally Posted by hellerbrewing View Post

Let us know, I'll be interested to see if it works.

Will do!
post #212 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Allan2 View Post

Are you planning on plugging it into a PC or the DVD? And btw, I've been using Microvaults for years and never had a problem. But let's not clog up this thread with nonsense, shall we?


That's why they call it "rootkit" - it is usually hidden from the consumer. I'm sure Sony wasn't the only company using such technology.
post #213 of 6745
Guys, the 1.1 content works without the memory stick.

Memory is for BD-Live.
post #214 of 6745
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Originally Posted by rveras View Post

People,

No need to buy the USB memory stick NOW because Sony hasn't released the firmware that makes the S350 BD-Live complaint. Even if you plug in the USB memory you still won't be able to access BD-Live features. Wait until Sony releases the firmware then worry about what memory to buy. Just my 2 cents.

I think that what folks are trying to figure out is what type of memory will fit the slot. Whether it will work when BD Live goes live is anyone's guess.
post #215 of 6745
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Originally Posted by dbailey100 View Post

That's why they call it "root kit" - it is hidden from the consumer. I'm sure Sony wasn't the only company using such technology.

Agreed. To everyone else, can we drop this whole "root kit" crap and just stick to the S350?

How is DVD upscaling? Come on joerod, we really need you to get your player so you can put it through the tests..
post #216 of 6745
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Originally Posted by ack_bk View Post

Agreed. To everyone else, can we drop this whole "root kit" crap and just stick to the S350?

+1
post #217 of 6745
All of this talk makes me happy i decided to forego the 350 and buy a Samsung BDP 1500.Already have a PS3 upstairs so a 350 at this point would be overkill, though eventually a 550 sounds like it might be nice.
post #218 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Tes7769 View Post

All of this talk makes me happy i decided to forego the 350 and buy a Samsung BDP 1500.

Makes me happy I got rid of mine and this is not the 1500 thread
post #219 of 6745
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Originally Posted by hpmoon View Post

Your sarcasm might come to haunt you (or at least it shows that you don't think carefully). In a very high-profile case of consumer uproar, Best Buy recently found that their Insignia digital photo frames were spreading lethal viruses to computers:

Infection alert: Insignia 10.4-inch photo frame kindly bundled with trojan

Okay, no sarcasm. Take a look at my signature. I deal with theses issues every day. I recognize that these things happen, but they are extremely rare and truly the exception rather than the rule. Please believe me when I say I have no problem plugging in any Sony Microvault USB drive (or any other major brand) to my PC or the DVD player. And if you want to be 101% sure, just scan the drive with your AV before using it, and if you like you can even reformat it.
post #220 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Allan2 View Post

Take a look at my signature.

Marketing (which you're doing by advertising your site) is not allowed in signatures.
post #221 of 6745
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FCEEVIPER View Post

Guys, the 1.1 content works without the memory stick.

Memory is for BD-Live.

The confusion is also in the manual. It says to enjoy "Bonus View" you need the memory. I thought Bonus View was 1.1?

Either way, don't regret getting the player at all.
post #222 of 6745
I'm waiting for Amazon to start shipping the S350s, I've already ordered it. From what I'm reading I should be in good shape. Can anyone confirm? My setup is pretty simple, a Sony 46 V3000 TV, and an Onkyo 605 Receiver connected via a 1.3 HDMI cable. I'm planning to use another 1.3 cable for the BD player. My receiver specs include DTS-MA decoding and my TV specs include 1080/24p support - Speaker wise, I've 5.1 setup (no plans to go to 7.1 any time soon (no space, blah) ... Thanks to whoever scanned the manual! - Any tips or setup experience out there?
post #223 of 6745
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Originally Posted by jjwalters3 View Post

I'm waiting for Amazon to start shipping the S350s, I've already ordered it. From what I'm reading I should be in good shape. Can anyone confirm? My setup is pretty simple, a Sony 46 V3000 TV, and an Onkyo 605 Receiver connected via a 1.3 HDMI cable. I'm planning to use another 1.3 cable for the BD player. My receiver specs include DTS-MA decoding and my TV specs include 1080/24p support - Speaker wise, I've 5.1 setup (no plans to go to 7.1 any time soon (no space, blah) ... Thanks to whoever scanned the manual! - Any tips or setup experience out there?

Looking at the manual - it looks like I need to set the "BD Audio to Direct" in order to get the Bitstreaming going... Then looking at footnote *5... there is some auto sensing which in my case should dump to the highest quality of the disc (DTS-MA, or TrueHD) ... that makes me think that I should ignore the top part about "DTS-Core"... that will get the full signal assuming my receiver can decode it. Make sense? Or am I reading this wrong?
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Originally Posted by jjwalters3 View Post

Looking at the manual - it looks like I need to set the "BD Audio to Direct" in order to get the Bitstreaming going... Then looking at footnote *5... there is some auto sensing which in my case should dump to the highest quality of the disc (DTS-MA, or TrueHD) ... that makes me think that I should ignore the top part about "DTS-Core"... that will get the full signal assuming my receiver can decode it. Make sense? Or am I reading this wrong?


From what I read and my playing around with it, I think you are correct.
post #225 of 6745
Everyone I've talked to from Abt says they won't start shipping until 'the middle of the month'. Anyone else still waiting for their order, hear something different?
post #226 of 6745
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Originally Posted by jlangner View Post

The confusion is also in the manual. It says to enjoy "Bonus View" you need the memory. I thought Bonus View was 1.1?

That's my understanding as well. I believe Bonus View is another term for Profile 1.1 and requires 256 MB of local storage. It sounds like this player requires a memory card to be 1.1 compliant. I'm not concerned about it; if required, the solution is easy and cheap.

I wonder if there is any gain to be had from using more than 1 GB?
post #227 of 6745
It's already been confirmed by multiple people that a memory card is NOT required for 1.1 bonus view features. It has been tested and works. The manual has fubared that statement.
post #228 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Darth Indy View Post

It's already been confirmed by multiple people that a memory card is NOT required for 1.1 bonus view features. It has been tested and works. The manual has fubared that statement.

NP, thats what I was thinking as well, but didn't get a chance to test a 1.1 disk last night.
post #229 of 6745
I asked this in another thread, but got no answer there, so I'll say it again here: Given that I have a Yamaha RX-V661, which can turn the audio input from the 350 into multichannel PCM (via HDMI), would I be better off getting that instead of the 550 when it comes to DTS-HD MA processing? Or would I only get core DTS even on bitstreaming? I have five Fox BDs in my growing collection, all of which use MA for the primary track, and I need something that could at least send it to the Yammy without stripping it down too much.
post #230 of 6745
It'd be cool if someone can post some shots of the XMB and back panel.
post #231 of 6745
I just don't understand.

I picked up my 350 from Fedex and hooked it up. I have it connected to Sony STRDG 710 via HDMI. After reading the S350 manual I can not find a way to control the volume with the Sony supplied remote. It will only control the volume on my Sony Grand Wega IV TV.

Now I have to use the amp remote to work the volume and no other functions, and the S350 remote to run the dvd. I do not want a universal remote I only have four components and I'm happy to switch remotes for each component but I don't see why Sony will not enable the remotes for their DVD players to control the volume and mute for their Amps.

Am I missing something here?

Please make me look dumb and tell me there is a way to accomplish this.
post #232 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Dawgdaes View Post

I just don't understand.

I picked up my 350 from Fedex and hooked it up. I have it connected to Sony STRDG 710 via HDMI. After reading the S350 manual I can not find a way to control the volume with the Sony supplied remote. It will only control the volume on my Sony Grand Wega IV TV.

Now I have to use the amp remote to work the volume and no other functions, and the S350 remote to run the dvd. I do not want a universal remote I only have four components and I'm happy to switch remotes for each component but I don't see why Sony will not enable the remotes for their DVD players to control the volume and mute for their Amps.

Am I missing something here?

Please make me look dumb and tell me there is a way to accomplish this.


Why not program the receiver's remote to control the DVD/Blu-ray player?
post #233 of 6745
I'd use a universal remote even if I only had 2 components. So much easier.
post #234 of 6745
just for some clarification between "Bonus View" (BD Profile 1.1) and "BD-Live" (BD Profile 2.0) and the confusion between "built in persistent memory" and "additional [external] persistent memory" requirements, here's a section from Richard Paul's thread.

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Profile 1.0:

64 KB of built in persistent memory required
no additional persistent memory capability required
no Virtual Package support for persistent memory required
no outlining support for text based subtitles required
no PiP decoding required
no secondary audio decoding required

Bonus View:

64 KB of built in persistent memory required
256 MB of persistent memory capability required
Virtual Package support for persistent memory required
outlining support for text based subtitles required
PiP decoding required
secondary audio decoding required

BD-Live:

64 KB of built in persistent memory required
1 GB of persistent memory capability required
Virtual Package support for persistent memory required
outlining support for text based subtitles required
PiP decoding required
secondary audio decoding required
internet capability required

So the 1GB minimum for BD-Live (BD-Profile 2.0) compliancy is just preping you up, or setting you up for failure , depending on how you look at it. In other words, Sony needs to put that statement in the manual to sell the 350 and 550 as BD-Live (Profile 2.0) "Ready". Y'all won't be sueing em, k ?!

As what most have already mentioned, true PiP features does not ... ahhum should not require any form of persistent memory, internal or external. So technically speaking, get a 256MB flash drive for your 350 and you're Bonus View BD Profile 1.1 compliant. Guess what you get if you get a 1GB or greater flash drive? Simple, just like that . Hope this helps.
post #235 of 6745
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Originally Posted by Dawgdaes View Post

I just don't understand.

I picked up my 350 from Fedex and hooked it up. I have it connected to Sony STRDG 710 via HDMI. After reading the S350 manual I can not find a way to control the volume with the Sony supplied remote. It will only control the volume on my Sony Grand Wega IV TV.

Now I have to use the amp remote to work the volume and no other functions, and the S350 remote to run the dvd. I do not want a universal remote I only have four components and I'm happy to switch remotes for each component but I don't see why Sony will not enable the remotes for their DVD players to control the volume and mute for their Amps.

Am I missing something here?

Please make me look dumb and tell me there is a way to accomplish this.

Please clarify your problem: Are you saying that your TV remote does NOT control the volume of the s350, but works fine with other components? Is it possible that there is an IR code conflict? Does your TV support Bravia Sync via HDMI?
post #236 of 6745
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Originally Posted by dbailey100 View Post

Interesting. Are you saying that your s350 remote does NOT control the volume of the s350, but instead your Sony TV? Odd. Is it possible that there is a IR code conflict? Does your TV support Bravia Sync via HDMI?

Is there a little toggle switch that says dvd/tv on the remote? Is it set to tv? Sometimes the Sony remotes have this to allow controlling a tv from the dvd remote.
post #237 of 6745
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

hpmoon, I plan to compare the s350 to the PS3 because there are a lot of people interested. You may want to put me on your ignore list soon...

They are very close in my opinion. The menu on the 350 is VERY similar to the PS3. I tested Ratatouille and it loaded quickly. I didn't have a stop watch to time it exactly. The longest part of the load was forwarding past all of the trailers to get to the menu. There must be a dozen damn trailers on the disc.

I tested the JAVA stuff too. When the rat first appears before the main menu I did a 1 1000 count and estimate it was about 3 seconds from the start of the animation to a menu on the screen. To go to the "TOTAL MENU" on the rat menu took about 8 seconds to get through to that one.

The disc tray is very quick to me. Is it as fast as the PS3? No. We're talking about the matter of 2-3 seconds difference tops. The disc tray is very close to a regular dvd players eject feature if you ask me. I see very little difference.

The setup menu as I said is laid out Identical to the PS3 menu. Very user friendly and easy to navigate.

Picture quality is superb. I didn't test regular dvds (hardly watch em anymore).

I also tested Batman Begins. It was a slower load then the Rat Blu Ray. i didn't test any of the extras or the PIP stuff. I hardly ever watch extras. I'm lucky if I can find the free time with my two little ones to get through the movie, much less the extras. Although I did watch the first 6 minute trailer for Dark Knight on it. Man does DK look to be GREAT!

I'd sum it up as if you like the PS3 but want a Stand Alone that can bitstream then grab a 350.
post #238 of 6745
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Originally Posted by rlhjr34 View Post

I'd sum it up as if you like the PS3 but want a Stand Alone then grab a 350.


Thanks for sharing your experience with the s350. I can't wait to get mine. I will probably get an Oppo 983H DVD player as well since it provides better upscaling of SD sources. I also decided to commit to HD since I just purchased my very first blu ray disc from Amazon.
post #239 of 6745
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Originally Posted by dbailey100 View Post

Thanks for sharing your experience with the s350. I can't wait to get mine. I will probably get an Oppo 983H DVD player as well since it provides better upscaling of SD sources. I also decided to commit to HD since I just purchased my very first blu ray disc from Amazon.

The Oppo was on my radar as well. I've decided that I already have a ton of unopened Blu-Rays to get through, plus the onslaught is coming of more great titles in the next few weeks. So I am going to hold off on getting one for awhile. I'm perfectly happy watching Blu all the time. BTW, what display are you going to use your Sony with?
post #240 of 6745
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Originally Posted by dbailey100 View Post

Please clarify your problem: Are you saying that your TV remote does NOT control the volume of the s350, but works fine with other components? Is it possible that there is an IR code conflict? Does your TV support Bravia Sync via HDMI?

The S350 remote will control my sony TV volume via IR. My tv has inputs for something called Control S. I want my S350 remote to control the volume for my Sony Amp which it does not.

If I hook up a Bravia sync cable from the BDPs350 to the STRDG710 will the S350 remote control the amp volume?
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