October 17, 2006
Samsung’s much maligned (unfairly in some cases) BD-P1000 Blu-ray player finally has a firmware update available, the only problem is Samsung doesn’t mention what issues, if any the update address. As you may know it was reported ad-nauseam that “the noise-reduction circuit in the player’s Genesis scaler chip was enabled, causing the picture to soften significantly.”
Another possible fix in this firmware update could be the less mentioned but potentially more annoying DTS stuttering malady, first noticed with several Lion’s Gate (DTS) Blu-ray discs. These discs played back on the BD-P1000 resulted in a stuttering or breakup in the image with the DTS track selected.
Samsung’s “BD-P1000 Update introduction manual (ver.1.0)” may prompt you to update your PDF reader with Korean fonts, oddly enough the actual text inside the PDF is in English, regardless these notes are installation instructions only and make no mention of what the patch addresses.
The updated BD-P1000 firmware (version.1.0) can be found here. I’ll keep an eye out for patch notes or official word on what this update address and revise this post accordingly. —Update— Well it seems as if this firmware update does indeed address the DTS stuttering issue. I’m told the Genesis chip bug will be addressed in another update toward the end of the month.
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray