Jack, I'm having what appears to be a serious issue with this new Ep950.
Just as I mentioned on Friday, it freezes on the boot screen. I have used it a few times, trying to throw all types of files at it to put it through its paces. Each time it has started up, with the sloppy start that I mentioned on Friday (which you mentioned was due to the mode changes at startup).
Today, I sat down with my girlfriend to try out some more files, and just like on Friday, it froze at the boot screen. The white "Micca" logo came up, and the front panel read "boot". It never left that screen. I left it on for over 5 minutes, and it never left the boot screen. I turned it off, waited a minute, and turned it back on, and then it went into its normal startup routine. There is no way it is normal for the unit to freeze for over 5 minutes on the boot screen.
At this point, I'm very concerned and wondering if this just isn't going to work out. Clearly, there is still an issue with this player. Do I have a bad unit, or are they all having this problem? Do I really have such bad luck that I happened to get a bad player, again?
Please advise because at this point I'm pretty frustrated to be honest. I really want to like this player. I've said that before. But what will it take at this point to get one that works correctly? I would have thought after the first ones were recalled that Micca would have made absolutely sure that these new batches would not have any problems, especially with startup. Yet obviously something is wrong with this player. Why is it getting frozen at the boot screen?
I'd also like to mention that I was watching a 1-hour 23.976 mkv last night with DTS sound, in 1080p@60 Hz mode, and twice it hiccuped and dropped the audio to my receiver. I watched that same file on the WDTV and it played without a single hiccup or audio dropout. It also dropped audio for a second on another file I tried, but I can't remember what file type it was.
After trying out both players, and throwing all the files I could think of at both of them, I gotta say, I was leaning strongly towards the Micca. I liked the interface better overall, it played some files the WDTV wouldn't play, and of course the internal HD support, external sata, 3D support, and BD-ISO all make this my preferred player. But I cannot keep this unit if it is going to be freezing up at the boot screen regularly, or dropping audio to my receiver.
Please give me some good news. I want an EP950. But it seems like MIcca is making it very difficult for it to work out that way for me.