I had posted earlier in this thread (I think, if not the other Sammy HLR thread) of not finding any noticeable audio lag on my Samsung HLR6168.
Well, it turns out I did find some audio lag using my Oppo DVD player in at least 2 movies. One was the U2 Vertigo Live
concert filmed in Chicago, the other was Queen Live at Wembley Stadium
. The lag was more than the 50 MS maximum that the Oppo can do in its present firmware revision. the lag was much worse in the Queen DVD than U2.
Although I didn't notice lag in other DVDs there are bound to be others eventually as I go through them. U2 is my FAVORITE band and I could not stand for this lag issue even if it had been limited to that DVD alone. With Xbox360 in the works and worries about possible audio lag with that as well I pulled the trigger on a FELSTON DD540
digital audio delay device.
I ordered one from their US distributor LIPFIX
. Nick at LipFix was very helpful and informative over the phone and expedited shipping so that I got the unit the next day at a very reasonable price.
The Felston DD540 unit is excellent. It can control 2 different audio devices with NO alteration of the original sound source, only a delay that is user adjustable on the fly with a remote. It can be adjusted in 1 millisecond increments or in a series of presets all the way up to 680 ms - more than enough for almost any conceivable delay. In the aforementioned Queen DVD I had to adjust the delay to 140ms to compensate and with U2 it was just 80 ms.
Discrete commands are available for the unit so that you can program a more flexible array of functions into your learning remote. I did this with my Home Theater Master MX-700. Note: If you use the MX series remotes' Editor Software you have to use the Universal Browser
function to import the *.ccf file format of the Felston's discrete codes and drag and drop them to the MX-700. Thanks to James Alston at Felston for the instructions on how to access those discrete files.
For any of you agonizing about possible audio lag issues with these Sammy's be advised the problem is NOT limited just to them. It is and likely will continue to be a growing problem with many 1080P sets due to the large amounts of video processing. See the links at Lipfix for a detailed explanation of Lip Sync issues that are common to the TV and broadcast industry, not limited to just the Samsung.
In spite of this minor audio lag issue that so far has been limited to just 2 DVDs in my collection I am very happy with my Sammy and would buy it again in a heartbeat.