|Originally posted by sonusfaber
Since I don't have my player yet and may not have it till next week, I'm really curious to see what your experience is with your new player, especially with regard to problems that Brian and the others have brought up.
I'm hoping that yours might have be part of a new shipment that could be different. Probably not, but maybe:)
here are some more impressions and highlights.
first off, i checked the various firmware info in the service menu and found that mine was exactly the same as ian mcleod's. his was purchased in late october, mine around december 10th.
IF con. Ver: 1.000(0616)
Syscon Ver: 1.400 (00D1)
Servo DSP Ver: 1.021
AVD vcode Ver: 05E30047
what you see above, i copied and pasted from ian's post to save myself the trouble of typing.
on a more subjective note, i watched a fairly mediocre looking dvd tonight: "fear and loathing in las vegas." most of this film looks so-so, in terms of picture quality/encoding, the exceptions being some of the closeups. i watched it mostly in progressive, but occasionally switched to interlaced mode, to see the difference. then, when it was over, i hooked up my DVP-S7700 and watched the end of the DVD again. the 999ES is better. but to my eye, the 7700 is still quite likable. tonight, on a fair-to-middling disc, the 999 didn't knock me out, like it did last night on LOTR.
this is the first progressive player i've had so the progressive mode itself is enjoyable. i have a notion that this player is giving a clearer look at what's really going on with the dvd itself. for example, i checked out a bit of the kieslowski move "blue," which i had watched a few weeks ago. on one dark scene in a cafe, banding is clearly visible where a shadow moves across a wooden tabletop in a dark cafe. this i hadn't noticed when watching on the 7700, (although surely it was there). no doubt i'm looking harder.
so, first overall impression. as a video player (which is my real interest - i haven't even hooked up any 5.1 gear yet; it hasn't arrived and it will be nothing special when it gets here) - as a video player, i like it but it didn't knock me out tonight like it did last night, but i think i'll keep it. not saying i won't trade it out at some later date, but certainly not right now.
here are a few odds and ends. there are 5 video presets: standard, dynamic 1, dynamic 2, cinema 1, cinema 2, and a user adjustable setting called "memory." this last has an awful lot of tweaks in it, most of which i decided to stay away from, or else to adjust them on the tv itself, which has finer increments. standard is ok, dynamic 1 & 2 you should avoid, since they're wat too hot, like the "vivid" and "standard" settings on the 34xbr800. cinema 1 is nice, 2 has much denser blacks, so which you use will depend on how your display is set up. the memory setting has, among other things, the ability to completely retweak the gamma curve!
the remote which i maligned earlier has one excellent difference from the 7700's remote. shuttle wheel behavior has changed: on the 7700 when you turn, you must go through all the steps in order, slow2, then slow1, then x2, FF1, FF2. on the 999 remote, the behavior is different in play and pause. the wheel in play goes x2, FF1, FF2, but in pause it goes Slow2, Slow 1.
Another nifty feature is the memory it keeps of what DVD's have been played. If you put in a DVD that, say, you were watching last night but in the middle of the movie you removed it from the player, the 999 remembers where you left off and will cue up to that spot when the disc is next inserted.
How about a silly feature? It can grab a still frame from a DVD and use that as a background for its menus!
well, that's enough for now. good night.