Codec support quirks
While the player doesn't open the door to any trendy IPTV portal - or even venture beyond the creative wasteland that is BD Live - it does play media from external drives, although codec support seems a little ragged. My motley assortment of test files - culled from a personal collection of entertainment and chosen only because they cover most file types - met with only partial success.
The BDP100 will play content off connected drives - but check your formats
MP3, WMA and AAC music files played, but not Flac, AIFF or OGG. My test AVIs failed too, but MKV-wrapped video content worked OK.
The player itself doesn't offer universal formal support and does not recognise Super Audio CDs or DVD-Audio discs.
Disc loading speeds depend on the complexity of any given disc, but this player seems unlikely to win any awards for pace. The remastered Goldfinger Blu-ray from Fox Home Entertainment took a lengthy one minute 14 seconds to bring up the 007 logo. By way of comparison, a 2010 Sony player did the same job in 46 seconds.
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You're pretty much right - as pointless as a "high-end" HDMI cable.. But they will argue that their components are high quality, so less interference, and they will probably say they have better picture processing (which some people may argue is as bad as an EQ equalizer on old stereos)
At the end of the day, this will use the same components as players costing a fraction of this price. The only reason people will pay £1k for this, is that they want a box that matches their other over priced boxes.
.which £150 OEM BD player board/transport is installed?
I mean we are paying just for the fancy case here arent we? Thats usual with these sorts of players.
Arcam etc. cant afford to make their own gear anymore. Very few of them can.
Some never did.
Dear YoYO, would you like to buy some efficacious medicinal compound?
It costs £89 a bottle and it has been tapped against a high end (luxury?) bench. As you are clearly a connoisseur of such high end aqueous solutions, your decision making process will not be to simply compare the crude chemical composition with that of ordinary water. I'm sure lots of "those" people would be wondering why you'd pay a premium for what you could simply pour out of a tap. That represents true intelligence.
Sent from my Acme hover boots.
"this scribbler knows nothing about Greek, and not enough about English"
Strictly the translation of 'hoi polloi' from Greek is 'the majority'.
But as an adopted loanword 'hoi polloi' does not have a translation, as it IS an English word, it is NOT two English words. Its meaning is 'the people' as rabble also means 'the people'. Hence if you are to use the rabble, you should also use the hoi polloi.
see also Alcohol, a loanword from the Arabic 'al-kuhl' where 'al' translates directly as 'the'.
"The remastered Goldfinger Blu-ray from Fox Home Entertainment took a lengthy one minute 14 seconds to bring up the 007 logo" - then I saw the 'Java powered' logo on the rear panel.
All became clear.