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post #301 of 2288
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Originally Posted by vdd104 View Post

So has anyone had an update from Diamond Design?
I received an email at about midnight (USA EST) telling me that the A-400 will be available from the Popcorn website this Wednesday. Im hoping that we will get our "pre-order" units before people that have simply ordered from the Popcorn website this Wednesday.

have you contactd Diamond directly? Well if it becomes available Wed dosent mean that they will have it Wed ;-) ...... When dealing with a retailer, you are at the mercy of thier shipper, from everything that I have heard so far they will ship out as soon as they get them, but most likely you would get a quicker response by contacting them directly....
post #302 of 2288
No point in contacting Diamond yet. They were hoping to get hem today. And if they did they were going package them and drive the packages to UPS this evening to be shipped. Either way whenever they get them they plan to ship them out ASAP. Personally I was hoping I get my A-400 before Thanksgiving. But if it comes later, then it comes later.
post #303 of 2288
Yeah I fired off an email to Diamond over the weekend. I was hoping to get it before TG as well but unless they go out today, that is going to be a tall order. I have many 3D test files that Im anxious to try out and compare to the 1186 based players that I own.
post #304 of 2288
Just received a response from Diamond. I have to say, they seem to be very on the ball. The writer told me that he was hoping that the units were in the air headed towards their office right now. He was trying to get confirmation from Popcorn via a tracking number. He confirmed that once received, they would go out right away. I have no doubt that they will.
post #305 of 2288
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Originally Posted by Fudoh View Post

Right now the Dune Smart has better picture as long as scaling is involved and as long as the source is already progressive.
1080i looks better on the A-400, which isn't hard since the Dune Smart had quite mediocre deinterlacing. 1080p looks the same to me on both players.

I pre-ordered an A-400 and my biggest concern is how blu ray quality compares to my Oppo BDP-93. You mentioned you have both, right? How would you compare 1080p blu ray video quality?

When I originally bought my Oppo, I tested it against an LG blu ray player, as well as a PS3. I could easily tell the difference between the LG and the Oppo. I could only tell a difference with the PS3 during 3D movies, but it was really close.

I love my Oppo, but .mkv support is pretty poor. I was hoping this could be the player that replaces it.


P.S. It's funny to see we're both posting together on a completely different forum...
post #306 of 2288
I am not sure why 1080p should not look pretty much the same unless one player is coloring the signal with extra processing. For one thing 1080p does not need any processing. Secondly I believe the same Blu-ray decoder chip is used in pretty much all players.
post #307 of 2288
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

I am not sure why 1080p should not look pretty much the same unless one player is coloring the signal with extra processing. For one thing 1080p does not need any processing. Secondly I believe the same Blu-ray decoder chip is used in pretty much all players.

Sorry, but I've tested many streamers and blu-ray players and I've often found a difference. I'm not even talking about using professional equipment to test, I mean basic movie watching: Play 2 minutes of video on one player, then play the same 2 minutes on another and the difference is usually clear.

Also, different players / streamers use different chips, but two players from different manufacturers that use the same chip may not always look the same.
post #308 of 2288
As I said, decoder chips. They are a commodity item built to a licensed Blu-ray spec. Comparable to audio where if you are a manufacturer who wants Dolby Digital it must be decoded to the Dolby spec. Now, any other chips in your players messing with the video signal is a different matter. Sorry.
post #309 of 2288
I was going to buy one but i held off. If the picture quality isn't better than the dune series i dont see a need for the A-400. I dont really watch 3d films. I was hoping the vxp would make it a must have media player.
post #310 of 2288
I like the fact that it has a dual core chip. Which should help speed things up from the previous models.
post #311 of 2288
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Originally Posted by robneal81 View Post

Sorry, but I've tested many streamers and blu-ray players and I've often found a difference. I'm not even talking about using professional equipment to test, I mean basic movie watching: Play 2 minutes of video on one player, then play the same 2 minutes on another and the difference is usually clear.
Also, different players / streamers use different chips, but two players from different manufacturers that use the same chip may not always look the same.

Was this with 1080p / 24htz - bitstream output from blu-ray ISO's?
post #312 of 2288
To do a real comparison you need to calibrate the display with each source and then do the comparison. Since two different sources can have different calibration settings.
post #313 of 2288
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Originally Posted by SOWK View Post

Was this with 1080p / 24htz - bitstream output from blu-ray ISO's?

Mostly subjective content (favorite movies, etc) that's 1080p 24.
post #314 of 2288
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

To do a real comparison you need to calibrate the display with each source and then do the comparison. Since two different sources can have different calibration settings.

Supposedly, the Oppo's source direct mode provides perfectly unaltered output from the source disc, so I calibrated with that. Comparing each other streamer to the Oppo seems like an excellent control test.
post #315 of 2288
I have only played size reduced BD rips so far, no full bitrate BD images. Sorry.
I expect many of you guys to get their A400s this week, so I'm looking forward to more impressions. Even if you're all interested in HD playback only, maybe somebody could try a few DVD images as well - just to confirm my impression.
post #316 of 2288
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Originally Posted by vdd104 View Post

Just received a response from Diamond. I have to say, they seem to be very on the ball. The writer told me that he was hoping that the units were in the air headed towards their office right now. He was trying to get confirmation from Popcorn via a tracking number. He confirmed that once received, they would go out right away. I have no doubt that they will.

Whatever happened to that plane? mad.gif
post #317 of 2288
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Originally Posted by Tom DiGiacomo View Post

Whatever happened to that plane? mad.gif

go over to the NMT forum, DD posted there....Looks like they sold out of the inital 120, next shipment due in December....If you already ordered I woldnt be too worried..They are at the mercy of PCH, DHL, and Customs......They are on thier way rest easy....
post #318 of 2288
ive just ordered mine,waiting now.
post #319 of 2288
I got my shipping confirmation so I guess I should receive by Saturday or Monday at the latest
post #320 of 2288
Can wait to see what you think of it.
post #321 of 2288
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Originally Posted by dbone1026 View Post

I got my shipping confirmation so I guess I should receive by Saturday or Monday at the latest

Train wreck in 5....4....3..... smile.gif

The fact that they had to rush out a firmware update before shipping doesn't provide much confidence. Looking forward to your review.
post #322 of 2288
I see tracking info on mine too. Hopefully it can get from Roanoke to NorthernVA in one day so I can get it Friday. Otherwise I guess it will be here Monday since I don't think UPS delivers here on Saturday unless you pay for it. At least we know they shipped out. Now I need to find my 60GB intel SSD I picked up earlier this year at a deep sale price. I can finally use that small SSD for something.
post #323 of 2288
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I see tracking info on mine too. Hopefully it can get from Roanoke to NorthernVA in one day so I can get it Friday. Otherwise I guess it will be here Monday since I don't think UPS delivers here on Saturday unless you pay for it. At least we know they shipped out. Now I need to find my 60GB intel SSD I picked up earlier this year at a deep sale price. I can finally use that small SSD for something.

Yeah, that is why I chose the Post Office for delivery, should leave Saturday open. However, I would not expect to see it until Monday since it looks like just the label was generated yesterday (so I am guessing it won't even get to the Post Office until Friday). Not sure what the UPS folks are seeing
post #324 of 2288
I also got my ship notice and it should arrive on Saturday. If so, I'll make sure to post a full review by Sunday afternoon.

I'll be testing file compatibility (mostly .iso and .mkv, but I'll try all others I have), network streaming ability, attached HDD ability and video quality (3D and 2D). The file compatibility and streaming tests are pretty cut and dry, but all video tests will be subjective. If I don't find anything wrong with the video, I'll take it to a friend's lab next week who has video testing hardware that can make exact measurements, not just "it looks good to me" judgments.

The only thing I can't test is audio output, as I only have a 2.1 stereo (I live in a small apartment...seemed kinda pointless to get anything more than a nice 2.1 system). I'll definitely be able to test compatibility with audio tracks, just not the quality. If anyone else has a nice 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system, please post your experience.
post #325 of 2288
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Originally Posted by robneal81 View Post

I also got my ship notice and it should arrive on Saturday. If so, I'll make sure to post a full review by Sunday afternoon.
I'll be testing file compatibility (mostly .iso and .mkv, but I'll try all others I have), network streaming ability, attached HDD ability and video quality (3D and 2D). The file compatibility and streaming tests are pretty cut and dry, but all video tests will be subjective. If I don't find anything wrong with the video, I'll take it to a friend's lab next week who has video testing hardware that can make exact measurements, not just "it looks good to me" judgments.
The only thing I can't test is audio output, as I only have a 2.1 stereo (I live in a small apartment...seemed kinda pointless to get anything more than a nice 2.1 system). I'll definitely be able to test compatibility with audio tracks, just not the quality. If anyone else has a nice 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system, please post your experience.

Do you have any other media streamers(ie a Dune Smart) you can compare video quality to?
post #326 of 2288
Mine is on the way too. I have a stupid question. I have a couple dunes and they require a USB devise. Does the 400 need one too? If so, what size for say 500-1000 movies (mostly BR ISOs) and 3-4K flac and hi-rez music tracks? Thanks!
post #327 of 2288
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Originally Posted by bluewhale1 View Post

Do you have any other media streamers(ie a Dune Smart) you can compare video quality to?

I still own a Netgear NTV550 and an Oppo BDP-93. My main video comparison will be with the Oppo on my calibrated plasma.

My first tests will simply be to play the same thing at the same time on both the Oppo and the A-400 and switch between HDMI inputs (yes, both inputs are properly tuned and calibrated...and I'll switch inputs just to double check). 99% of the time I can tell the difference just by doing that. If they look the same, I'll watch half a movie on one and the other half on the other (same HDMI port, cable, etc).
post #328 of 2288
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Originally Posted by Stevetd View Post

Mine is on the way too. I have a stupid question. I have a couple dunes and they require a USB devise. Does the 400 need one too? If so, what size for say 500-1000 movies (mostly BR ISOs) and 3-4K flac and hi-rez music tracks? Thanks!

You can supposedly stream all those from a NAS or server with a network share. I'll test that too, since I was hoping to stream 3D blu ray .iso's from my server. If it's too much bandwidth, then yes, you'll need a connected drive.
post #329 of 2288
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Originally Posted by Stevetd View Post

Mine is on the way too. I have a stupid question. I have a couple dunes and they require a USB devise. Does the 400 need one too? If so, what size for say 500-1000 movies (mostly BR ISOs) and 3-4K flac and hi-rez music tracks? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by robneal81 View Post

You can supposedly stream all those from a NAS or server with a network share. I'll test that too, since I was hoping to stream 3D blu ray .iso's from my server. If it's too much bandwidth, then yes, you'll need a connected drive.


I believe Steve is talking about system storage, not using a USB device for movie storage. The A400 can use a similar USB drive if you plan on installing the Apps.

As far as streaming 3D BRs, tht will most likely be very problematic. For other 3D media players streaming over smb does not work with 3D BRs currently. I have only been able to get it tow work when using NFS
post #330 of 2288
They came in at two and four of us got all 120 ready and about 100 to UPS around 7 including upgrades but post office was closed obviously so we made lables but Friday is post office drop off date (ups en route). UPS was not happy with 100 boxes at holiday closing time haha.
Online tracking updated on all. Enjoy and happy holidays!
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