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Without wishing to cast aspersions on your judging methodologies, I can't help but question the extent to which one Blu-ray player can produce a "better" picture and sound quality than another, given both start with the same compressed digital bitstream, decompress it using the same algorithm, and output an uncompressed digital bitstream. The idea that one can produce greater detail or more faithful colours or smoother motion or whatever, without applying any kind of picture processing (generally frowned upon at source level and best applied only sparingly if at all at monitor level) seems counterintuitive to me.
This makes me question whether the additional £550 for this deck over a bargain basement deck is simply going on features, build quality and aesthetics. All important features I'm sure, and this looks like a very desirable bit of kit, but is there anyone on the TR staff who can consistently tell a high end deck from a low price deck, either on picture or on sound quality, in a blind test? Same screen (connected by HDMI, naturally), same disc, same room and same sound setup. I'm throwing the gauntlet down and asking to be proven wrong.
Apparently, 2012UD with the new software upgrade plays MKVs!
I have the same questions regarding video - because it is just digital. The sound on this unit is good though, so it is worth it just for that. It would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparison between a SACD played on this unit and a PS3 (I think they can play SACDs).
As I can't rent blu-rays anymore because Blockbuster closed down, I use MKVs and the problem here is that:
1) If the lossless DTS audio tracks are included with an MKV file then playing that MKV file will crash the player and you have to turn it off and then turn it back on again.
2) If you are listing files from a DLNA server, and then on that server, you add one more file, you get a "read fail" error, meaning you have to turn it off and then turn it back on again.
3) When I press rewind whilst watching an MKV file movie that was ripped straight from a blu-ray, it goes straight back to the beginning (for example Chappie).
4) So now I've just accidentally gone all the way back to the beginning of a movie I was watching. I decide I want to fast forward back to the place I was originally at. At speed 2, the player fast forwards fine (just slowly). When I increase the speed, the movie stops completely. So I have to leave it on x2 speed and go and do something else whilst waiting. If I accidentally pass the point I wanted to get to, I have to go back to step 3 above.
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