January 30, 2010 – Televisions.com has evaluated the Yamaha BD-S 1065’s performance using a combination of laboratory testing and subjective output-quality analysis. In a review published on the site’s homepage today, this method of evaluation resulted in an overall rating of 7.8 out of 10. The review awarded points for the player’s high-quality output of film-based content, as well as its support for BD-Live, but expressed disappointment with the device’s DVD de-interlacing. Televisions.com also criticised the Yamaha’s audible fan and slow disc drive. The comprehensive audio outputs clearly impressed the review team and were perhaps the player’s biggest saving grace – the review applauds, for example, the presence of an analogue output for HD audio: "Yamaha’s new BD player is one of only a few on the market to deliver the new audio formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD to older HDMI-1.1 receivers that lack a bit-stream decoder."
The review goes on to examine in detail the picture quality with DVDs and Blu-rays. High-definition signals from Blu-rays impress the reviewers, who describe the resulting pictures as flawless. It’s a different story with DVDs, which draw various criticisms from Televisions.com. The site’s editor-in-chief and head tester, Florian Friedrich, said in the review: "All test sequences from films or TV material – without exception – suffered from flicker. This is reminiscent of the first DVD players released in the 1990s!" There’s also harsh criticism of the lack of multimedia capabilities: The review points out that – via USB, at least – the player only supports BD-Live and JPEG playback, which is well below expectations for a device at this price point.
Criticism even extends to the player’s remote control, which, although easy to use, lacks direct-access buttons for rotating or zooming during photo playback. All in all, the review gives a fairly negative round-up of the Yamaha’s performance. One reviewer summarised: "This is a great Blu-ray player, but that’s not enough these days. The only obvious reason to buy it is if you’re hanging on to an older AV receiver and need a 7.1-channel analogue output. Even then, there are better, cheaper players out there than can do the same as the Yamaha."
More information can be viewed at: http://www.televisions.com/players/yamaha/Yamaha-BD-S-1065.php
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