I've had some time to setup the Vertex 2...
Cliff Notes: this AV unit is AWESOME!!!
If you were ever on the fence, just go ahead, do yourself a favour, and just get it...Vertex 2 lives up to its expectations, and in my humble opinions, it surpasses them! I briefly tried to setup an Integral 2...no comparison (mind you I had some HT audio issues back then, so a little unfair)
Impressions, after setting it up this evening:
A. BUILD - 10/10
It's impressively solid, case is metal, nothing is flimsy about it. And the OLED screen is a beaut to boot..icing on the cake!
B. FUNCTIONALITY - 10/10
Plug-n-Play just works man. My setup is pretty modest:
2. Cambridge Audio CXUHD
1. Sony 940E (HDR + LLDV capable)
2. Krell Evolution 7073D Pre/Pro driving 5.2 channels so it's a negative on Dolby Atmos (DTS Master HD or Dolby True HD max)
ATV 4k -> 10ft copper -> (in 2) Vertex² (out TX0) -> 10ft copper -> Sony 940E
CXUHD-> 10ft copper -> (in 1) Vertex² (out TX0) ------------------> Sony 940E
----------------------------------> Vertex² (Audio Out) --------------> Krell 707
Note: I don't care for CEC or ARC...so all that is disabled at both source and Vertex 2.
I plugged all inputs and outputs per the above. Note: all my HDMI cables are 10 ft copper specked at 18 Gps/600MHz (rated but not certified). Immediately I was able to get both image and sound. Mind you, neither the picture nor the sound were at their peak straight out of the box...enter Webserver as I had to get tweaking
C. FLEXIBILITY - 10/10
As I mentioned above, I didn't get DV nor HDR in the beginning, so I had to connect the Vertex 2 to my router (CAT5 ethernet) and open up the corresponding IP address.
Getting the Webserver up and running was a breeze, just like everything else thus far.
Messing about the EDID and DV/HDR tabs, I was able to get both HDR, DV and corresponding sound track. I left the EDID as 'AutoMix', although I messed about with 'Custom' as well...
Interesting to note that, every-time I've made a selection via the Webserver, within 1-2 sec it took effect (the screen temporarily goes blank).
D. CLOSING NOTES:
- the OLED screen is a gem
- setting up is easy and intuitive
- it just works out of the box
- I always like a SOLID and HEAVY feel in all of my AV gear. The Vertex 2 is built better than most UDH BluRay players. I think it even weighs more than some of them despite being 4-5 times smaller in size
- it doesn't produce any heat...unit is cool as a cucumber after hours being on
- this could be a Jedi Mind Trick the Vertex 2 is playing on me, but I think the video quality (once setup to the correct colour and rez) is better with it. Images are sharper, slightly more vivid. Regardless, I'm certainly enjoying the slight image boost
The only downsides, and I'm nitpicking here:
- not sure here, could be a limitation of my AVR/prepro since it doesn't handle Dolby Atmos and ATV4k doesn't bitstream like the NVIDIA Shield, but I couldn't get it to pass it through when testing Altered Carbon via ATV4k. Dolby Vision was great, but sound was muted...unless I went inside the ATV4k Audio settings and turn off Dolby Atmos Immersive Sound checkbox. The Netflix title info showed Dolby Atmos and Vision are on...
- when starting to play content (both via BluRay or ATV4k) an image starts, but the screen flickers a couple of times (2-4 sec max) until it latches on. Once it's on...it's SOLID
- I'm still getting used to auto-switching. Didn't get a true handle how that works if BOTH all sources are still on. To make sure that it switched, I had to put the ATV4k to sleep or turn off the BD player. Then the Vertex 2 certainly switched to the available input.
All in all: CONGRATS HDfury. Well done, an excellent product - top notch!