Originally Posted by jhstn58
Just started trying this puppy out but I did give Brick a try. CD side played fine on all discs. DVD-A side exhibited two distinct responses, both of them bad. Fear of Music and Remain in Light would lock the Oppo up shortly after inserting the disc and prior to any menu appearing on the screen. In these two instances I got no response from the R/C or the front of the unit other than to turn it off (which took a few seconds longer than usual). To eject the disc I had to press the eject button while the unit was off.
The other, more common, result was for the disc's menu to start but lock up prior to the menu completely loading. In these cases, the open button on the R/C did work.
I notice that the manual provides the following on page 3 under "Discs That Cannot be Played":
"Some DualDiscs: A DualDisc is a two sided disc with DVD on one side and digital audio on the other side. The digital audio side does not meet the technical
specifications of the Compact Disc Digital Audio (CD-DA) format so playback is not guaranteed. P "
That this is printed up front suggests this might be not be fixable with a FW update. Any thoughts?
The DVD-A side not playing is a known issue with the Oppo and is being addressed, as advertised in this thread. So the issues you experienced are supposed to be fixed "soon".
The text in the manual is referring to the "CD" side, which you didn't have any issues. But if you had issues, Oppo is basically saying "blame the DualDisc people - the CD side is out of spec".
More detail, AFAIK: The issue with the CD side of DualDiscs is purely a CD-laser head/pick-up design issue: The "CD" side of a DualDisc is not built to the specification of a CD, which is why it truly not a "Compact Disc" because it violates the tech spec, instead the DualDisc folks called it "Digital Audio" side of the disk. Depending on tolerances in the manufacturing of the particular disk you have and your player's CD laser head, it may or may not work properly, and no firmware can really fix this. However, in practice failure to read the "CD" side is very rare.
It's annoying, but since all the "CD" sides of your Brick DualDiscs worked, you seem to be in good shape.