In the 21st century, it’s hard to still find a non-computer based piece of electronic. Nowadays, Blu-Ray players, AV receivers or Processors and Media Players just to name a few, populate our homes and sometimes require updates for several reasons. Whether it be for fixing certain quirks, improving quick load times, or to enjoy new features such as 4K or 3D, your components will require you to update the firmware.
Now it made sound like a good idea, but it’s not always the case.
I had a Blu-ray player that needed a firmware update that promised to increase the load time of the player's notoriously slow drawer. I downloaded the firmware onto a DVD as I was instructed. I spun the disc and let it rip. And that was the last time the player ever worked. It was literally dead.
I’m not emplying that all firmwares are bad, most are necessary. But sometimes, when your eager to get the new features and your unit is out of warranty, it maybe a good idea to hold off for a bit, especially if the firmware just came out.
Most firmware and software updates lead to a good result. However, consider the pressure that companies are under to get products to market and function up to expectations. At the same time, product managers are forced to do more with their components with less engineering, quality control and design resources. This is why it's always a good idea to err on the side of caution when it comes to updates.
A simple search on AVS will get you that info or at least in touch with the people that do know and have tried it.
How do you feel about Firmware updates? Do you do research before pushing the update button?