Installed firmware version 1.94, then put the DMP through about an hour of paces. Sorry, but I am still seeing anomalous behavior and lags in response time of the display/touchscreen. I have mentioned most of these previously. And one issue is new.
First of all, while today’s firmware update has vastly improved touchscreen responsiveness (i.e., most taps to it are now finally registering), I can still run through a particular maneuver where all taps do not register. And it seems to be related to how quickly they are performed in rapid succession. For instance, when trying to rapidly get to a particular track and using the arrowed positions on either side of the play-progress bar to get there, rapid taps past about the fifth or sixth ones just don’t get through. If I were to slow-down my tapping – or if I only tapped the arrowed positions a couple of times – the DMP would be able to keep up. Otherwise it just bogs down, with no registering at all of inputs past the initial few. From my perspective, the performance of the DMP’s touchscreen still lags that of the PWT.
The DMP also still lags the PWT on the display-end of things. One behavior that it has had since the get-go that could mislead me into thinking I had reliably navigated to a particular track when I actually had not still remains. That is – after a fast migration through many tracks (in either direction) – the track number that first reads-out on the DMP’s screen does not necessarily match the one that starts playing. And as many as 3 seconds can elapse before the correct one finally displays.
On the other hand, when selecting a desired track from the track-listing screen (instead of activating fast-forward or fast-backward jumps from the remote or touchscreen), one always ends up with the correct track. But, perversely in this case, the track titles can vary from-visit-to-visit in the track-listing, and from the very same disc. Or it might take the main screen several blinks of other track titles before it finally displays the correct one. This afternoon I personally witnessed 3 different titles appear in rapid succession before the right one finally showed, up to 2 or 3 seconds after the track had already started playing. And in the track-listing for that disc, I have seen track #14 labeled variously with titles from several other track numbers – i.e., not always reading the same, subsequently, when I returned to the track-listing screen.
Another quirk that still remains is when fast-reversing within a given track, then initiating “play”, the scrubber on the play-point-progress bar continues to move backward for another second or two, even though music is by-then then playing.
Then there’s a brand new anomaly. When fast-forwarding or fast-reversing within a given track via the remote, sometimes one of the arrowed positions on each end of the progress bar will continue to indicate that the action persists, despite its termination from the remote and normal playback being well underway. The photo below shows what I am talking about. It was taken while the DMP was in normal playback of a track from a new play-point after a quintuple-speed fast-backward. Note how “x5” still appears to the right of the “<<” icon above the track bar:
When the integer-multiple of fast intra-track navigation appears like this despite initiation of play, it does not disappear when clicking the unit “on”, then “out-of” standby. And if I eject the disc, then insert it again, the same integer-multiple reappears again on the play screen. What does seem to remove it is re-clicking the same direction of intra-track navigation arrow on the remote, then hitting play again.
And finally, a note about something commented upon previously. Track titles and artist names are still truncated both on the main and track-listing screens if they are longer than so-many characters. Has it been decided that there will be no remedy for that? Thankfully, though, track numbers are back again on both screens.