Monthly Archives: January 2008

The first hints of region free Blu-ray?

When I took receipt today of a review Pioneer BDP-LX70A Blu-ray player, it still had firmware 3.0 installed. This lead to a previously mentioned problem with Die Hard 4.0. I tried to update the firmware over Ethernet using the built … Continue reading

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I’m checking out the audio decoding capabilities of the Pioneer BDP-LX70A Blu-ray player and the Yamaha RX-V1800 home theatre receiver. To help me I have Dolby Laboratories’ Blu-ray demo disc, ‘The Sounds of High Definition’. After I had done my … Continue reading

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Dirty Disc and HD DVD error codes

The other day Paramount sent me the HD DVD of Stardust, all nicely shrink-wrapped. I hadn’t really heard of this movie, so quick lookup on IMDB was encouraging, since it scores 8.1 out of 10 from over 36,000 voters. Last … Continue reading

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Confusion on channels

Oh wow, this is confusing. HDMI devices talk to each other, but what are they actually saying? As mentioned in the last item, I’ve been working on a roundup of all HD disc players. One of these is the Panasonic … Continue reading

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How not to review a Blu-ray player

Okay, I’m putting together a roundup of all high definition disc players currently available in Australia. I’ve reviewed most of them, but there are three that I haven’t. One is the Sony BDP-S300, one is the Toshiba HD-E10 and the … Continue reading

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Insane artistic choices

So far as I am aware, there is no convenient book that fully describes all the range of issues regarding picture quality that I, for one, need to know. So what I have learnt has resulted from a painful process … Continue reading

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