Originally Posted by Blackburst
I'm having problems with by BD-5000U of late. I have 1.3 installed currently.
Some of most recent Blu discs don't seem to work. Loaded, "The Wrestler" and "Public Enemies" but stalled after that on a black screen. No previews, no menu screen. Just black. This also happened with "District 9". But after a few attempts, it finally played. I have basically given up playing any HD-DVD's on it. They take too long to load, and the audio seems compressed when compared to my Venture HD-DVD player. The same with DVD's.
I'm thinking of updating it to 1.4. I would be just happy at this point to have a proper playing Blu-Ray player. Not in the mood to go blow another $200 or so on another Blu player. I'll use my Venture HD-DVD for the other two formats.
Can somebody post a link to where I can get the 1.4 patch. Also, any news of a 1.5 patch?
1.4 is still posted at the Sammy site. You can also do a google search for BD-UP5000 firmware and get the link to the support site.http://www.samsung.com/us/support/de...name=BD-UP5000
Your problems sound like recent similar reports with those BDs with 1.3. However sounds like your player gets further than most with 1.3 and those titles. I believe that others have been able to get District 9 to play no problem with 1.3, but I could be wrong.
Generally HDs load much quicker on my Sammy than BDs and I haven't detected any audio compression issues compared to my Tosh A35 and disc load about as fast there as well. Might be a Dynamic Compression setting or difference in how your Venture is handling sound. If you have it set for dynamic compression and the Sammy not you may be experiencing a difference in sound. Are you streaming audiophile through HDMI to your receiver and using the advanced codecs? Before I had a HDMI capable receiver DD THD always sounded thin when re-encoded to DTS compared to other audio tracks including DD5.1, but that was just a level difference and the dynamic range on DD THD is much better then DD5.1. Now with HDMI I don't detect a difference in audio level, just much better sound with DD THD. I haven't been able to detect a major difference with DTS-HD MA or LPCM direct as opposed to re-encoded, probably since at 1.5mbs DTS sounds pretty damn good, but I love to see all the pretty indicators light up on my receiver when using HD sound.
No news on a new update. Rumored, but doubtful unless we run into a large batch of new discs that don't play.