Originally Posted by jmpage2
It would be awfully nice to hear some real movie viewing reports on the audio/video performance of this unit and menu speed.
Rather than a long drawn out discussion on things (CUE, etc) that 99% of users aren't going to notice anyways.
My impressions are probably not what you are looking for exactly, since I'm so green to the hi-def realm. But, for anyone interested...
To me, the picture looks just about as perfect as you can get. I only have 1 HD DVD at this point, however, and it's Chronicles of Riddick. I don't understand all the technical terminoligy yet, but I feel I am pretty picky and notice small details or problems in the image quality. I am watching CoR in 720p on a 768p HDTV. To my eyes, the image looks virtually flawless.
I also watched Flight Plan SD DVD with the A2 set to 720p output. Previously I had viewed it using a Samsung upconverting player. I did notice a pretty significant different between the A2 and the upconverting Samsung. On the Samsung I noticed that edges between two different colored areas in an out-of-focus background had a strange pixelated effect, and there was prononounced "posterizing" effects now and then, as well as what I think is referred to as "macroblocking" in dark areas of the pictures (the dark areas would have ever so slightly "lighter black" areas of moving blocks). All of these negative effects seem to not show up using the A2. So I am quite pleased with it. Unfortunately I am comparing it to what was probably a pretty crappy upconverting DVD player instead of the A1.
I don't have a separate sound system, so I can't comment on the sound.
There doesn't appear to be a clock that shows when the unit is powered off. (Someone asked about that).
I didn't time the startup or load times. But I didn't feel like I was waiting long for anything, really. I was worried, hearing about the complaints on the A1 in this area.
All in all, I personally couldn't be happier with it so far. Just one layman's perspective.