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Topic # 112562 12-Dec-2012 20:27
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Does the NZ BDP-S590 have the vTuner app?

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  Reply # 731608 12-Dec-2012 21:02
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What is the VTuner App?

Im interested in buying this model and just had a squizz at the manual on the sony website.
Have you tried going to a sony store to have a play?



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  Reply # 731613 12-Dec-2012 21:06
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check this review out...  quite well written (but obviously as with all reviews it depends on the authors bias).

http://reviews.cnet.com/blu-ray-players/sony-bdp-s590/4505-9991_7-35118513.html

you will see the app's list further down the page. I believe it has a similar app to vtuner but not vtuner.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 731614 12-Dec-2012 21:06
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check this review out...  quite well written (but obviously as with all reviews it depends on the authors bias).

http://reviews.cnet.com/blu-ray-players/sony-bdp-s590/4505-9991_7-35118513.html

you will see the app's list further down the page. I believe it has a similar app to vtuner but not vtuner.

edit; added hyperlink




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  Reply # 731632 12-Dec-2012 21:53
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Gooseybhai: What is the VTuner App?

Im interested in buying this model and just had a squizz at the manual on the sony website.
Have you tried going to a sony store to have a play?




As I understand it, vTuner (internet radio) was not present at release, but later added in a firmware update - at least for the US units. I want to make sure our units got it too (NZ seems to miss out on every other feature these days).

I'm torn between the Panasonic 220 and the 590. I like the 220 (my brother has it), but the rear USB port is effectively useless as it only works with the Panasonic Skype cameras. So I'm trying hard to find incentives to put up with the 590's horrid styling. It's fully functional rear USB port is one, and VTuner would be another - assuming our model actually has it. The 220 has Shoutcast.

EDIT: Another thing I'm interested in, if anyone has tried this, is how well the 590 handles .wav music. The 590 doesn't support FLAC like the 220, but I'm OK with WAVE as long as it works properly. I have a bpd-s380, and it sometimes likes to put a pop/click between .wav tracks when I'm playing albums. I'm wondering if all such issues have been cleared up now?

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  Reply # 731756 13-Dec-2012 08:06
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How are you ripping the tracks into wave? (from original's)?
The pop/clicks could be a result of bad ripping. Are you tidying up the ripped tracks after conversion?





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  Reply # 731888 13-Dec-2012 10:55
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Gooseybhai: How are you ripping the tracks into wave? (from original's)?
The pop/clicks could be a result of bad ripping. Are you tidying up the ripped tracks after conversion?




Secure ripping with DBpoweramp. The rips are immaculate, and have no issues playing on any other device (including the Panasonic 220). The pops don't happen during the actual tracks, just in the split second gap between them (another unfortunate 'feature' of the 380 is it's inability to do gapless playback, but I'm not sure any BDPs do at this time). The pop issue won't happen between every track either, just occasionally.

Another quirk in the 380's .wav playback is the way it tries to play ID tags (that track #, genre, comment etc. data). There was a burst of white noise between every single track until I stripped the files of their ID tags. I don't think Sony put much effort into the .wav player's development...

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  Reply # 731949 13-Dec-2012 11:50
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Good to know.

I really want one of these 590's !
Trying to get down to the sony store sometime this weekend.

Just so I can understand, do the pops between tracks happen after the same tracks?




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  Reply # 731971 13-Dec-2012 12:16
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Gooseybhai:

Just so I can understand, do the pops between tracks happen after the same tracks?



No, they seem random.

I just noticed the Pioneer BDP-150. It's much better looking than anything in Sony or Panasonic's lineup, it has front and rear USB ports, it supports the NTFS file system and appears to play both FLAC and WAVE, although I'm slightly suspicious because:

Manual:


NZ Website:


I really don't see any reason why the NZ version should have cut down file support though - most likely the NZ website info is just copy-and-paste misinformation from other models. Only problem is no internet radio, but I guess I could always get a DMP-BD77 for that later... This could be 'the one'.



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  Reply # 732018 13-Dec-2012 13:33
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Actually, the Pioneer might have internet radio in the form of Pandora - IIRC Pandora became available in NZ earlier this year, so it probably depends on whether the firmware team has put it into our firmware.

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  Reply # 732058 13-Dec-2012 14:22
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Ive noticed that the sonynz website has firmware downloads on the s590 page

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  Reply # 805198 24-Apr-2013 22:36
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Picked up this unit from The Warehouse for $139.99c on 20130422. Well pleased. vTuner is there - but doesn't appear to have a station-search facility. BBC domestic stations are absent.
Other -  file deletion off the usb drives Not Supported.




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