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Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player, RX-V2065 Receiver, and Phase Technology Speaker System

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Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Introduction and Setup

Specifications : Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player

  • Design: Blu-ray Player
  • Supported Formats: BD-Video, BD-R (BD Video), BD-RE (BD-Video), DVD-Video, DVD-R/-RW (DVD-Video, DVD-VR, AVCHD), DVD+R/+RW (+VR, AVCHD), CD and CD-R/-RW (CD-DA, JPEG)
  • Supported Audio: Bitstream and Decoding Capability for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM.
  • Supported Video Resolutions via HDMI: 480p (576p), 720p, 1080i,1080p 60Hz, 1080p 24Hz
  • Dimensions: 3.75" H x 17.1" W x 12.5" D
  • Weight: 9.9 Pounds
  • MSRP: $599.95 USA
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Setup on the BD player wasn't as simple. The unit wouldn't play BD live discs because it does not have sufficient internal memory to do so. A call to Yamaha customer service quickly revealed that I needed a firmware update which, unfortunately, cannot be completed via the Ethernet jack on the back of the player (can we please enable this for all future internet-ready devices?). I went to the Yamaha page and downloaded the update to a thumb drive which was inserted into the player. After the update the player still wouldn't play BD live because most of the space on the drive was taken up by the firmware.

Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player In Use

The Yamaha blu-ray player had pretty good audio and video performance, see the SECRETS review published in March for more information. This player was not very user friendly, however. The player took several minutes to get up and playing a disc, this compared to under a minute for my PS3. After looking into some forums I found that it is necessary to go into the setup menu and enable the Quickstart function to speed up loading times, though it does use considerably more power when in standby. This is something that should be enabled by default. After reaching the main menu of the blu-ray disc I found the remote to be not very responsive. Several button presses were required to move the cursor in many instances. In one instance I reached an area of the BD-live menu that locked up and required me to restart the machine completely. Overall the interface was glitchy and generally hard to use. I hope that Yamaha will subject the next iteration of this player to extensive beta testing and tweaking to smooth out the operation. Though the player turned in reasonably good video and audio performance, it seemed not to be consistent with the quality of the interface. The price of $599 also takes away from the value rating of this player.