Hey everyone, once again getting caught up. I just read the secrets shoot out, and LO and BEHOLD they said the same things we have been saying for a long time. I learned a new word to describe the biggest problem with this player: a "moire" patter.
Let me quote two paragraphs if I may:
The biggest surprise was the Super Speedway test. This disc is encoded as film and the 3-2 pulldown signature is just fine. The scene we use to test contains a lot of fine detail and the test was introduced to check the bad edit settings in the FLI2200 from Sage. We never really expected any other player to fail this test and we were surprised that Sony dropped to video during the pan of the stadium. The 999 did eventually switch back to film mode, but it should never have been in video to begin with. There are at least 40 frames spent in video, which shows up as a moirÃ© pattern in the bleachers.
We suspect that the player has some technology similar to the bad edit detector in the FLI2200, which detects things that look like combing and drop to video mode when they occur. If so, it does not appear it has been fine-tuned yet. In fact, when we looked further we found several occurrences of this problem. This can also be seen in the film ET. When ET comes out of the closet, the window blinds in the background break up into moirÃ©. This same behavior could be found on More Tales of the City, it would constantly switch between film and video mode. It was very distracting. This appeared to be a common theme on this player with every disc we tried. If you did not know it was not supposed to flicker, shimmer, or be filed with moirÃ© you might not know it was a problem.
They describe in their shootout detail exactly what I suspected. They don't touch on the most redeaming quality: The sonic characteristics are superb, and I think the general consensus is this is the best sounding SACD player on the market but for Sony's high end dedicated SACD player.
If you missed it on page 32, here is the shootout link:http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b...rch&articles=5
Take care all, and happy viewing.