Originally Posted by DocDVD
OK, got my LG BH100 today to review, and there are some pro's and con's, and some of the con's are pretty damn big, and not the one thing everyone has complained about: iHD or HDi.
1) EXTREMELY fast. The power-on time destroys the Samsung, Panny, Pioneer and Sony, and definitely the HD-A2 as well. The load times are on par if not faster than all as well for both HD-DVD and BD.
2) Ease of use. Very easy to setup and use. Picture quality is outstanding at 1080i and 1080p.
1) Cheap build quality like the HD-A2
2) No ethernet for direct networking or updating. The RJ-45 is a service port only.
3) No 24P (at least for now)
4) Even though this is the first player with DTS-HD MA decoding internally, LG screwed the pooch as the HD decoding only decodes 2-channel over HDMI. Only the 5 analog outs decode 5.1 for HD. This should be an easy fix via firmware, but again, this is the biggest mistake I have seen on any of the players, as this was a bigger plus to me even than HD-DVD playback so I could enjoy Fox and MGM BDs with lossless compression over LPCM 5.1, but nope. I won't go back to analog out's when I have a preamp that can decode LPCM 5.1 over HDMI.
5) DD+ again is only 2-channel PCM over HDMI when set to PCM. It is decoded as DD legacy when set to bitstream. Plus must also be decode and sent to the analog outs to get 5.1.
6) DD True HD is also 2 channel PCM, and that does NOT change even on the analog outs. Again, as with plus and DTS-HD, this should be able to fixed just the A1 series was upgraded with a firmware upgrade.
7) No HD-DVD interactive support. This is really not a big deal for at least me, as I RARELY watch supplemental features, even though the Warner and Universal interactivity is pretty cool. The LG pre-renders an overlay menu on titles with the HDi layer, and it still does allow for scene selection, audio, play and the norms.
This player could be great if it got a quick firmware update, but for now, I wouldn't buy it unless you have no use for advance audio codecs via HDMI LPCM. This lack of support is a generation back at least, and something I am personally extremely disappointed in.
This mini-review is also posted in the HD-DVD forum.
I don't see the purpose of especially Blu-ray boasting about being the superior format when they are not making sure that the basics are probably not being covered. For example I think that with some Blu-ray players that they probably cannot play recordable Blu-ray recordings so what is the purpose for paying about 100% the amount of HD DVD players.
Most people have forgotten that Blu-ray licensees don't want people to be able to record HD; programmes and films for personal use, to watch at a later date.
So, why did they make the Blu-ray recordable and rewritable players and also boast about the recordability part?
Somebody did a breakdown of the cost of the Power station 3 and I think that the Blu-ray parts costed about U$125. Therefore, taking short cuts, whilst charging people initially about U$1,000 (USA) and £1,000 (UK) is probably a rip off.
All Blu-ray and HD DVD players should contain all the features, which the top of the range SD (standard definition - non high definition) DVD players contain. For example my; Pioneer 747 DVD player and Denon 2802 AVR contains features which Blu-ray and HD DVD players don't contain for example Prologic II that converts Nicam Stereo to 5.1 at least.
The amount of money being charged for HD products they should be made properly, and the prices should be substantially be reduced.
For example HDMI 1.3 it is virtually impossible to find out what is the HDMI for each product. Despite that the official HDMI organisation and the manufacturers state that consumers should be able to easily obtain the information:I have been told that I cannot include URLs, because administrators think that they are spam. Hopefully, administrators will test official sites, which will verify that they they are not spam sites and will allow people to place into internet search engines or better still replace with the correct websites, which I have deleted.
((HDMI Org faq 1.3))
The principal advantages of HDMI 1.3 features:-
1) Better picture quality (present picture quality have been capped despite the complaints about poor SD (standard definition) picture quality.
2) Wireless future connectivity also with HDMI PCs.
3) Digital HD sound that should have been implemented with all HD TVs also
A) Dolby Digital Plus
B) Dolby True-HD and
4) HD products should be properly tested by HDMI instead of the fiasco with HDCP unreliabilities affected probably millions of people whilst the establisment rarely mentions the various problems.I have been told that I cannot include URLs, because administrators think that they are spam. Hopefully, administrators will test official sites, which will verify that they they are not spam sites and will allow people to place into internet search engines or better still replace with the correct websites, which I have deleted.
((Dolby com HD)), and ((DTS com DTS-HD))
LG's BH100, Super Multi Blue Player's HD DVD was deliberately badly designed it appears, based on the fact that the computer version probably contains HD DVD features left out of the stand alone BH 100 player - cannot trust anything that the establishment claims until properly verified independently.
It appears that frame rates of 24 and 60 are essential in all HD products. This is to maximise for example; picture quality and storage life.
Ethernet and HDMI 1.3 are also essential in all HD products.
All forms of HD sound should also be included especially DTS-HD, and Dolby Digital Plus should be included and also all Prologic standards.
With my Denon 2802 I use digital optical for 5.1, and which I could use for 6.1 also, so why does Blu-ray and HD DVD use the inferior 5.1 analog connectors instead?
I am probably completely disappointed with all HD products and the consumers probably being ripped off, which also includes useless warranties for example 'burn-in' images and 'dead pixels' some times in TV panels not covered.
I almost forgot, Blu-ray and HD DVD should have:-
1) Twin digital tuners
2) Time shift
3) PVR (Pause Video Recorder) and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) features with at least 500Gb but preferably one Terabyte (1,000GB) about one week's HD recording.
4) Upgrade all forms of SD properly to 1920x1080p standard - perfect picture
A) Not only USA's standard about 460/470 and
B) UK standard 576.
5) Allow or create properly True Blacks and colour.
6) With my JVC SVHS recorder HR-S9600 video recorder it was possible to speed up or slow down 1x, 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x and 9x I think it is with perfect picture and excellent sound it should be able to do the same things with DVD players. Therefore if I have an hour of recording but only enough time to watch 30 minutes I could use 2x and watch and listen to it, which would only take 30mins instead of an hour.
I shall stop here before I remember some more things HD products should contain.