UK Model - with multiregion override
I've had a couple of days to play around with this new player, following the multi-region hack (same as that for the Philips 900SA:
-Turn on the player without disc in it.
-Press Play button on the front panel.
-Press 1-5-9 on the remote.
-Display on the player will show "------------"
-Press 222 222 005 255 on the remote.
-Press Play on the remote.
To get firmware version:
-Open the disc tray
-Press Menu on remote.
Having endured 6 months of problems with the Denon 3910 - it had to return that because the iLINK was persistently dropping out and had problems with certain DVD-A discs.
Well thankfully the Yamaha iLINK is rock solid. Pity they had to exclude an iLINK cable to keep costs down!
Audio for SACD and DVDA is superb from the iLINK and multichannel outs (although I did note that the manual recommended the latter because it didn't downconvert 96kHZ material that was copy protected).
Picture wise, I'm unable to use the HDMI as my Sim2 projector is not HDCP compliant, however, using the progressive component out produces a fabulous picture - Monster's Inc had me doing a double-take. I know that is a pretty punchy movie anyway, but nevertheless it looked great. Having never witnessed HDMI/DVI output, I'd be interested to know how much of an improvement that could make (given the reported problems with black crush).
The unit has a couple of minor bugbears - hopefully these can be sorted out in a firmware upgrade (I'll advise Yamaha UK ):
1. DVDA discs take three seconds to complete a chapter skip - I kept pressing skip and nothing appeared to happen, until I found I was 3 tracks further forward than expected!
2. When some DVD and DVDA discs load the initial menu screen- the player pops up a blue message box at the bottom of the screen which reads 'Dolby Pro-Logic II'. This is not related to the 'Status' Display which locates at top of screen (and can be defeated). It is an annoyance and I've not yet found a way to suppress it.
3. The Progressive/Interlaced switching is not controlled via the GUI - there's a slider switch on the back panel - not sure why they have chosen this method - seems a bit retrograde and makes it a bit difficult if you don't have easy access to the back of the kit after installation.
4. The navigation is a bit quirky - there is not the standard Title/Top button (to take you to the top menu) - Yamaha have a title/chapter button which list those avaialble. Also, they've combined the skip and search buttons. To scan forward or back, you have to press the skip button, but hold it down for 2 seconds. This is a bit clunky and takes some getting used to. This search only provides X4 and X32 speeds using this method - if you want other speeds, you have to select via the GUI. Using the pause button will allow frame advance.
Keep those reviews coming !