Originally Posted by JOxenberg
What is the general consensus of the current best firmware version to use? The newest one? After reading, it seems like the newest one has some problems.
I've been using the latest firmware for the last week and haven't had a single issue. The four BDs I tried played with no problem:
- The Shining
- The Dark Knight
- Tropic Thunder
I have My Name is Bruce
at home from Netflix, but haven't watched it yet.
I've tried several DVDs, both purchased and from Netflix and they all played with no issues. I also ripped a few to recordable media to see how the player responded to them and had no issues on DVD-R, DVD+R or DVD+R DL. I did have one copied disc freeze a couple of times in one section, but it did that on another player, too, so I assume it was a bad burn or a bad rip.
Neflix Watch Now has functioned fine except for The Parrots of Telegraph Hill, which appears to be something at Netflix's end - I was actually testing it for another poster here and experienced the same issue he did.
I only had one instance where the main player screen wouldn't display. Simply switching my TV to another source and back again resolved the issue.
I just bought a Harmony 610 remote for my system to replace my older Sima touchscreen and it works well overall (see the end of the post for my comments).
Overall, I'm very satisfied. I'd like to see future MP3 and JPEG support, but it's not a deal-breaker.
My experience with the Harmony 610 remote:
- I chose that model over one higher up because the 610 has hard buttons for the red, green, yellow and blue function buttons. The buttons overall seemed better laid out than some other models, too.
- While it doesn't have RF, it seems to be better about getting a response out of my D* HR21 DVR. I could never get it to work properly on IR with any other remote. I will miss not having to actually point the remote at the DVR to control it, though.
- It only controls 5 devices, but that's all I have. The software also makes it very easy to add or remove devices. I can always dump the old SD DVR in favor of another device if needed.
- I really dig the "Watch TV", "Watch Movie", "Listen to Music" hot buttons. Now I can set up to watch DirecTV, watch a movie on the BD player or listen to XM/Sirius music with one button press. I could kind of do that before with my old Sima remote, but it was a bit more clumsy and the macros were a pain to control. The process on the Harmony 610 was very easy, despite a few glitches (as noted below).
- I only paid $79.96 for it at my local Walmart. One of the stores had it for $89.97, so I went to the one I eventually bought it at because I knew it was cheaper there. I'm not sure why the prices were different at the two Walmarts barely 5 minutes from each other. The had another model higher up, but at nearly double the price, I couldn't see enough of an upgrade other than capability for two extra devices and a built in rechargeable battery instead of using AAAs. The other model also didn't have dedicated color function buttons for my DVR and Blu Ray player (both have that same red, green, yellow, blue setup).
- I did have to do a lot more tinkering with the 610's programming to get it to work with the Vizio, though. It doesn't seem to fully understand Vizio's source switching very well, but I think I've got it down, now. In defense of the remote, the Vizio method of source switching is kind of a hodge-podge. You have a single button that can cycle through the sources, but individual source keys, as well. The problem is, the source keys are for the type
of input, not a specific one. So, if you have three HDMI ports, the HDMI button takes you to the last one you were on and further presses cycles you though them. The remote does remember what devices you last used, so it doesn't try to switch the input on the TV if you start up the same device group. It also didn't know a delay was needed after powering up the TV before the source could be switched. I had to add that manually. Since Vizio is a pretty popular brand and they all seem to work roughly the same way, it's a mystery why it didn't work better than it did straight off.
- I also had to manually add volume control for my AVR to the DVR, 2500 and older DVR modes. That's something it should have done automatically, since it specifically asks how I'll control the volume. Instead, it only added that control to the AVR controls - it didn't even override the controls for the TV volume on that device. In fact, volume wasn't even an option in the button menus for the other devices. I had to add a new entry, then use the AVR remote to program the code function.
- The select button in the middle of the arrow pad is really tiny. The whole arrow pad and select button combo is so small, my thumb covers the whole thing - and I have skinny thumbs. As a result, I have to be careful not to press an arrow key when I'm trying to hit select in the middle. I've been OK with it, but the select button should either be bigger or raised up more to make it easier to press.
- It makes me wonder why the software can't detect when the remote is connected via USB when you're ready to sync. Because it seems oblivious to that, every time I hit the "sync" button after making a change, it has to put up the screen that tells me to "make sure the remote is connected before starting the process". It's a minor nit, but I would really rather save hitting OK an extra time if the remote is already connected. When you're tweaking setting and the "soft button" controls, it's a pain to have to keep hitting that extra "OK" button.
Overall, though, the remote works great, has a lot of options. If you don't need RF, this model offers great value for the features.