Blu-ray Players

Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player

ARTICLE INDEX

On the Bench

Video Performance

The Yamaha BD-S1065 had varying results in our benchmark tests. Measurements were taken at 1080i resolution with our Tektronix Oscilloscope from the component analog video outputs. White levels on this player were measured hot at 104 IRE. In addition, the player wasn't able to display blacker than black content and I couldn't find anything in the menu to turn it on. On the upside, the luma and chroma channels were in perfect alignment with each other without any Y/C delay issues, and the player displayed its images in full resolution without any cropped pixels. As you can see from the graph, the frequency response measured from the BD-S1065 has a declining slope into its highest frequencies. This translates into picture quality with lackluster or soft details.

In our HD section of the benchmark the BD-S1065 had below average results. While once again, the player was able to display a full HD image without any cropped pixels, the BD-S1065 fell short in the 1080i/p conversion, diagonal filtering, and noise reduction tests. In this case the BD-S1065 was unable to properly convert 1080i material with either 2:2 or 3:2 cadences into 1080p without artifacting. While there's not a lot of material like this that's out there, we still feel proper 1080i/p conversion is an important ability for a player to do correctly. This player also didn't pass any of our diagonal filtering tests and jaggies and stairstepping could be observed.

Standard DVD Performance

The BD-S1065 had pretty good performance in our standard DVD benchmarks. Using HDMI and component video connections the player was able to handle most of our tests correctly, and only had problems with a couple. The bad edit test tests for the ability of the decoder to handle hiccups in the 3-2 cadence and this player exhibited combing on various material. While the BD-S1065's handling of most film based material was good the player was given a borderline score on the 3-2 cadence mixed flag test because it wasn't able to stay locked on to the test pattern for the whole duration of the test. There's players with a lot worse performance than this and it's something that could probably be resolved with a firmware update. Results on our high detail test were excellent, and the player performed equally well with more difficult material such as Gladiator's coliseum flyover scene.

On video based material the BD-S1065 had good results. The player is motion adaptive, and was able to recover between film and video quite well as well as handle our Natural Splendors test.

On the usability section of our benchmark, the BD-S1065 had good response from remote commands but the player was a little bit slow when it came to powering it down as well as switching disks. There were also a couple times that the player had to be completely unplugged to restore operation. The layer change for the BD-S1065 came in at a brisk .7 seconds.