Bravo D1 Setup
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 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.
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.