Bravo D1 Setup

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-08-06 Print this article Print

We connected the D1 directly to a Samsung HLN-507, a DLP rear projector capable of native display of 720P output. As a check, we also connected the player to the HLN-507 via component video. The unit is also capable of connecting via component, S-video and composite video connections. Terrible Remote: Like all modern DVD players, the D1 ships with a remote control. While the remote control certainly works, its an ergonomic disaster. The buttons are tiny, almost no tactile feedback exists and the lettering is grey on a black background. Its probably one of the worst remotes we can recall using. On top of that, a delay of several seconds exists between pressing a button on the remote and the resulting response from the player. The D1 remote is as good a reason as any to invest in a universal remote. Unfortunately, the D1 ships with the composite video output enabled by default. Theres no way to enable DVI through the front panel, so you first have to connect via composite connection, enable DVI in the setup screen, then switch to DVI.
The player worked correctly with the Samsung TV when using 480p and 720p. However, the output didnt look correct when playing 1080i through the DVI output -- significant ghosting and image duplication was apparent. The same held true if the unit was set to 852x480, which is a resolution used by some DVI-equipped projectors.
The player could also play back other media files. If you insert CD-R media with MP3, JPEG or DivX-encoded files, then youll get an alternative navigation interface. The Audio setup screen allows you to specify the type of digital audio stream. You can either choose to have the player handle the digital decode chores, or sent out the digital stream to your receiver or preamp/processor if it supports a better quality decoder.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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