I mentioned in my review thread that I experienced only a single non-repeatable audio dropout during my evaluation using the Oppo BDP-103 (I didn't give it much thought since it was a single/brief instance that backtracking didn't replicate). After reading about the complaints regarding the multitude of the dropouts users are experiencing I watched about 40 minutes using my Panasonic DMP-BDT 310 player and didn't have any dropouts.
Obviously this is little consolation to those have the problem but I wanted to report it just the same. Sorry guys..
I didn't experience any audio dropouts on my BDP-103 (bitstreming) unless they were so brief I didn't notice. I haven't tried it on my Sony BDP-S790 yet.
Nobody else commented on the different video encode issue so for, but after getting a hold of more versions and performing a careful analysis, here's an update on a previous post of mine:
The UK/Irish/French/Dutch/Norwegian, the Czech/Polish/Hungarian/Turkish/Portuguese and the Brazilian/South America release have the video encoded at 13994kbps (DC) 14005kbps (TC) while the Russian/Chinese/Korean/Thai/Indonesia edition features the video at 19777kbps (DC) and 19404 kbps(TC). The main audio bitrate and movie lengh are the same across all these releases.
Strangely enough, the branching segments are also different on the higher bitrate release (starting and finishing at different points), but I haven't noticed any differences on the content of the movie itself. I checked most of these different branching segments, specially the ones that could have been edited due to a more graphic nature (ie, sex or violence).
Regarding the PQ difference, I spot checked and made screencap comparisons and it's minimal, but compression is certainly improved, specially on fast motion scenes, for the higher bitrate version.
The only versions that are still unaccounted for are the US/North America release and the Japanese/German/Turkish, but i'm working on that. If anybody has any info on those, I'd appreciate it very much. Edited by AlexBC - 12/27/12 at 6:07am
So I rented this bluray from Redbox, watched the first half on a fat PS3 to a Pioneer 01 receiver. Watched the second half on a PS3 slim, bitstreaming to a Pioneer 03 receiver. Dropouts with the slim of course, and loss of a/v sync. Pausing/unpausing would not fix this issue, so I had to endure the last parts with the lip sync issue. Just posting this for info's sake.
I've seen people blame DD TrueHD, but I'm watching Ghost Protocol now and it has no audio dropouts or loss of a/v sync. And I'm sure I've watched other TrueHD soundtracks through bitsteaming and never had an issue. Other recent movies seem to also suffer this problem, so the question has to be....what has changed recently? Or is it just a case of the 5.1 soundtrack being somehow at the root of this?
I wonder if that 'audio watermark' rubbish may have been used and is causing issues? As I recall it seemed that there have been more audio issues with bitstreamed DTSMA rather than DTHD; however it may have more to do with copy protection causing hiccups than technical issues in the audio streams themselves. Would be nice to know for certain though.
There does seem to be an increase of people having issues with discs recently. Personally have not had any issues but that is likely due to my player is set to do the decoding and pass it as PCM to my receiver.
I dont think its are players fault,mine Sony 790 had multiple drop-outs during this movie but the piano scene is where it froze & Ive read here or somewhere other people had troubles at that point of the movie & when I went back it froze again at the piano scene,Sony needs to replace are movies!!
Just wanted to chime in and say that I also had audio dropout/sync issues near the end of the film. I rented the Redbox version which appeared to be a retail (non-"Rental") disc with TrueHD. I flipped around between AC-3 and TrueHD, but it didn't seem to make too much of a difference.
Denon AVR-2112CI (latest firmware as of last week)
Oppo BDP-103 (latest firmware) - configured for bitstream
I had many many audio dropouts on my rental disc from Blockbuster. Never had this problem with any other disc. Have a Sony 580 Blu-ray player and Yamaha 663 receiver.
This just made a bad movie (IMO) even worse.
I, too, had many audio dropouts on Total Recall 2012 when bitstreaming the TrueHD audio from my HTPC. After 5 minutes, I switched to PCM output (software decoded from the TrueHD), and everything was fine. I know that both DTS-HDMA and Dolby TrueHD are both lossless codecs, but with compatibility problems like this, is this a reason to prefer DTS-HDMA over Dolby TrueHD?
Finally, we’ve learned from industry sources that the audio issue on Sony’s Total Recall Blu-ray is likely a problem with the discs. We’re waiting to hear back from the studio on the matter directly and will let you know when we do.