Originally Posted by darinp2
Where have you seen Samsung indicating that it is indeed the problem? For the sake of discussion, let's say that it is 2% of the problem. They do some slight noise reduction and the images would be sharper if they didn't (making some source artifacts more obvious in some cases). So, Samsung says that they will change it. But 98% of the problem still exists (these early disks). If some Warner titles on 9/5 are VC-1 then we will probably get information before then as reviewers get early copies and hopefully one of them will do a comparison to the HD DVD version of the same movie (and probably find the disk in the BD player looks extremely similar to the disk in the HD DVD player).
I believe there is some chroma delay in both the Samsung and the Toshiba, so other players for both formats could improve on that, or maybe firmware updates could address it.
C'mon Darin Where have you been....shall I list them here for you and others again.1.
From 'High Def Digest': Samsung's Blu-ray Player Reportedly Has Faulty Chip
Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 05:46 PM ET
Tags: Hardware, Samsung, Sony (all tags)
After suffering weeks of negative buzz over the picture quality of its first-generation Blu-ray disc player, Samsung now says an internal scaler chip may be to blame.
As reported earlier today by A/V magazine The Perfect Vision, Sony exec Don Eklund first brought the issue to Samsung's attention after noticing that the image quality produced by Samsung's BD-P1000 player "...did not match the quality of the master tapes from which the Blu-ray titles were encoded."
Samsung engineers later determined that "the noise-reduction circuit in the player's Genesis scaler chip was enabled, causing the picture to soften significantly."
Though Samsung has yet to issue any formal statements regarding the apparent faulty chip, the company's senior vice president of marketing for its Audio and Video Products Group Jim Sanduski confirmed to The Perfect Vision that the company is working to fix the problem on future shipments of the BD-P1000, and also plans to issue a firmware upgrade to correct the problem on current players.
"Samsung is currently working to revise the default settings on the noise-reduction circuit in the Genesis scaler chip to sharpen the picture," Sanduski is quoting as saying. "All future Samsung BD-P1000 production will have this revision and we are working to develop a firmware update for existing product."
As we've previously reported, some early adopters have experienced poor picture quality when using the recommended HDMI output on the Samsung player. Switching to component outputs has improved the image quality for these users, which could be a result of the component outputs bypassing the scaling chip.2.
From Ultimate AV website:
Dateline 07/20/06: Additional Hot Details
According to a statement just released by Samsung, the reason for the softness we reported on in the preceding review of the BD-P1000 is an incorrect default setting in the noise reduction on a Genesis chip used in the player.
This is not a user-accessible setting. Samsung will revise the chip programming in the next production run of the players, and is also working on a firmware update for existing players. The update may be downloaded from the Samsung website onto a CD-ROM, which is then used to transfer the update to the player.
But don't expect it soon. A Samsung representative estimated that it might be September before the update is available, and likely September as well before the second batch of players, incorporating the change, will hit the shelves at your local dealer. We will report on the effectiveness of the update as soon as we receive it.
So it looks like another couple of months before we'll see a properly functioning Blu-ray player from any source. It appears that Samsung's first out of the gate status deserves less praise than I gave it in my conclusion.3.
From Widescreen Review of BDP1000: All hope is not lost
for Blu-ray Disc, though, as Samsung has
announced a firmware fix for the BD-P1000;
Shall I go on