6. I use both of the optical inputs, and do not experience dropouts. I would suggest that you make sure that the optical cable connectors are fully inserted, and that you don?t have any sharp bends in the optical cable.
7. Several other people on CNET, including myself, have reported this same issue. I have managed to push Samsung Canada to report this to Samsung engineering, but so far there is no response. No-one at Samsung has publicly admitted that the problem exists.
11. (additional issue) The IR codes for input selection are inconsistent. There are direct codes to select tuner and BluRay, but Aux toggles between the optical and analog audio inputs. Logitech has to specially tweak the Harmony remote programming to properly handle the HT-BD1250. Samsung should provide direct IR codes for the optical and analog audio inputs.
I am also considering tossing the HT-BD1250. However, I have not yet figured out what I would buy to replace it. For me the most serious issue is the drastic volume difference problem (7). One of the primary functions of the unit is to properly manage home theater audio, so in my books this is a serious functional deficiency.
I have a Samsung UN46B8000 TV and a Scientific Atlanta (Cisco) cable box. On the whole I am very happy with the TV, except that I don?t use the internet widgets because they are far too slow.
I?ve had the HT-BD1250 for a couple of months now and I?d like to share a few thoughts and moans.
Some background ? I have an LG 47? full HD LED TV and a Sky HD box. Originally, I had a Panasonic DVD home theatre with 5.1 surround sound system connected to the Sky box via an optical connection. I used a chipped XBOX running XBMC to play movies and music located on a remote server, connected via a 100 Mbps wired Ethernet connection and a component connection to my TV. As the Panasonic system was failing, I looked to replace it with a BD home theatre system ? thus the Samsung box ? the specs seemed to fit my requirements exactly:
? Ethernet connectivity to my remote server
? Optical connection to the Sky box
? HDMI connection to my TV
I am beginning to regret my choice of the Samsung unit, here are some of the niggles:
1. Advertised as having a Youtube, etc. connection, but in reality relies on a very flaky firmware update. I dare not allow the update given the huge number of problems experienced by others.
2. Will only play avi, etc. files. The XBMC system would play DVD images and there is no reason why the Samsung should not ? it must be capable of using them.
3. Cannot play music at the same time as watching a picture slideshow.
4. Not remembering the login details to my remote server ? this is so annoying. I know that Samsung say this it is a security feature but it would not be difficult to allow the box to remember.
5. The network connection to the remote server drops for no reason (not my infrastructure ? the XBOX *never* did this). After this happens, it will not find the network from an automatic scan; the unit has to be turned off to get this to work.
6. Drops the optical connection for a few seconds with subsequent loss of sound.
7. When the encoding on the optical connection changes there are wild changes in the volume level. This is most pronounced when the incoming signal goes to DD 5.1, the output is so loud that it is almost painful.
8. Lack of displayed information about what mode the sound is being processed/output in.
9. When changing from digital in to BD/DVD, the TV display loses signal a few times before settling down.
10. Poor documentation. Nowhere does it tell you how to do network discovery. I found it by accident. I just happened to press the left key when on the setup screen; this then showed the prompt to do a network scan. This is particularly galling ? how can a manufacturer miss out an essential operating step in their documentation.
I *have* tried all the settings to try to overcome these issues ? it is just not possible to sort them out. Or, is there something I am missing.
However, since committing all this to paper (?), I am starting to think that the unit is "not fit for purpose" - a specific phrase used in English consumer law. If it is not fit for purpose, I am within my rights to demand a full refund.
Any comments or similar experiences would be very interesing.