Originally Posted by Panson
Don't worry too much about freezing, you may have won the 4K UHD player lottery.
Some general initial stuff. Connect to your Network, then update firmware. Turn OFF BD Secondary Audio, Quick Start. Everything that has an AUTO choice, choose AUTO.
See how that goes. Good luck, have fun.
Thanks for the thoughts. i do hope the freezing is an unlikely scenario.
i powered up the unit last night, it immediately asked to do the firmware update which i allowed it to do via wired Ethernet (i figured it would be easier to disable the network by simply not having a cable plugged in rather than having to strip away all the wifi settings).
BD Secondary Audio was turned off by default, but Quick Start was on.
Any danger in using Quick start other than the power drain that is mentioned on the screen?
Some first impressions:
- Build quality is very good. nothing like my crazy audiophile stuff like my XA777ES SACD player which is a true tank. but definitely a pleasant surprise compared to other sub-200 mass market players.
- remote is tiny but functional and i quickly translated all of the buttons to my very old, but still functioning universal MX-800 remote
- i played around with it for about 2 hours, playing with a few of the only 4k discs we have in our house (we only have 5 right now, even with the two freebies). what was most notable was the sound quality over what we get via our Apple TV4k, even using a HD Fury AVRKey to send audio to our legacy processor. the sounds is more transparent and immersive. i think this is probably the biggest upgrade over 4k streaming. i am pleased with this upgrade as this was the primary driving force in buying this player -- renting 4k discs from Redbox so we could get a better audio experience. we don't have Dolby Atmos on our 7.1 legacy system, but it sounds fabulous. (standard BR sounded much better than 4k streamed material)
- video was a surprising revelation. i expected there to be no noticeable difference without pixel peeping, but as soon as i popped in the first disc (Incredibles 2), i noticed the difference ... colors just seemed richer with more apparent detail. it's not that there was a change in resolution, but it just seemed like a better image. i'm sure it would take a side-by-side comparison to verify that i'm not imagining this, but it just looked "better." (i've only watched it previously on VUDU in 4k since ATV doesn't support Pixar/Disney stuff in 4k) i got the same impression watching some of Black Panther and Aladdin in 4k. they both were richer than what i saw streaming over our 275mbit connection. (unlikely apple or VUDU is using all of this bandwidth)
if i don't see any freezes, i'll say this was a definitely worthwhile purchase, esp at the price during black friday week and with the bonus 2 movies. my wife and i don't watch that many movies, but i hope to give it enough a workout over the next few weeks (i even plan to just play our 5 discs even if i'm not watching to see if it freezes up) prior to my 60 day return window from Crutchfield ends.
thanks for all of your helpful comments/sharing here over the past few months. this forum definitely helped my decision process.