My impression is that people are generally happier with the Base 3D / Zappiti than with the A400. I am still using my H1 while my A400 has been stored in its box, to avoid frustrations, since January. All this time I've been hoping for a release of a new Dune player with all the promised bells and whistles but unfortunately I was wrong. I suppose the pressure from Sony, Hollywood & Co is slowly killing this business.
It is unbelievable that in this day of age instead of going forward and releasing new, better players, we have to take one huge step backward and live with BD Lite and all the countless problems deriving from it because Sony says so. I once had a great respect for Sony and their products, not anymore.
Their business model is so old fashioned. In audio there has been constant progress. There are streaming services, free / paid for radio services, virtual shops for music where you can buy and download content up to 24/192. The films however are still exclusively sold as DVD / Bluray's. Yes, we have the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm but their video / audio quality is appalling.
If you want Bluray quality you have to buy the bloody disk and play it in a bloody Bluray player approved by bloody Sony. Their way or the highway. They don't care that plenty of people don't have the space or desire to turn their living rooms into storage rooms for their plastic disks. They don't like the idea of having their precious disks copied, they do everything they can to discourage you, the paying customer, to store and play back these disks in any other way than intended by them. And they have no future plans to change this.
Truth is, from Sony's point of view, we are all pirates. Everyday they implement new technologies, scripts, encoding, policies, web police to make things ever so difficult for player manufacturers and for us, consumers, to watch their films in anything but their approved ecosystem. Whether Dune, Popcorn or Mede8er, the issue is not with manufacturers, chipsets, SDK's and drivers. We had a perfectly usable, rock solid and highly performing 2D generation. 3D however will never happen. BD Lite is simply not fit for purpose (otherwise Sony wouldn't have kindly made it available) and the BD stack will never be licensed again to anything but their precious Bluray players.
So unfortunately, the way I see it, we have lost this battle. Until someone will break this order of things one way or the other the future is not BD iso or BD folder for 3D, there will never be a fully usable 3D streamer with the same kind of performance or experience as a Bluray player.
Edited by Gurux - 6/29/13 at 7:25am