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Yamaha BD-S681

I bought this as my Christmas present from Amazon.ca as its currently $140. off of list price for a grand total of $309.23 Cdn.

http://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/aud...81/?mode=model



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Received an email from Amazon yesterday that it shipped.

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Yamaha BD-S681

I received by Yamaha BD-S681 from Amazon last week. Unfortunately, I will not be able to test this unit after Christmas.

AVR Yamaha RX-V 1800/1900/1500
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BR Yamaha BD-S681/Sony UBP-X800/BDP-S360 DPL Samsung 65"/ 55"
Speakers PSB T-45,8C,1B/ PSB 400,200C,RBH A600/ PSB Alphas
Subs Rythmic LV12-R/PSB Subsonic 5/Energy XL-S8
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I received by Yamaha BD-S681 from Amazon last week. Unfortunately, I will not be able to test this unit after Christmas.
Not trying to rain on your parade, but no reason to start a brand new thread on the topic..just bump the existing one with the update.

http://afterconvert.com/forum/202-bl...a-bd-s681.html
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Not trying to rain on your parade, but no reason to start a brand new thread on the topic..just bump the existing one with the update.

http://afterconvert.com/forum/202-bl...a-bd-s681.html
I understand moving my original post to deals as it was a deal thing. BTW in went up $25on Amazon since I purchased it However, I created this thread as a placeholder for reviews of the new BD-S681 player which I uintend to do after Christmas. Thats my thinkin.. behind this new thread

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I've played several BluRays and CDs since I unboxed it at Christmas. The player supports all the CD,DVD, and BluRay formats including 3D, as well as SACD. It also supports Miracast. In general, the unit appears sturdy but its lighter than it appears. The tray mechanism doesn't feel as solid as it does on my old Sony BDP-S360. The setup menu is easy to navigate and intuitive, at least to me. Loading times are much faster than the Sony however. From an video perspective, I have it set to automatically upscale everything to 4K and its HDMI output it's directly connected to my Samsung 4K display. The display is crisp and clean and so far, I haven't noticed any artifacts.

From an audio perspective, it does all the lossless high def codecs and the audio sounds good. An interesting note is this unit offers a "CD" playback mode when playing CDs. This mode can be accessed via a button on the unit or on the supplied remote. It slows the rotation of the discs to normal CD rotational rates to reduce effects of vibration and improve on error correction. I use it with "pure direct" mode of the player to play CDs and use the analog outputs of the player. Pure Direct turns off any non essential DSP as well as the display much like Yamaha AVRs .I did not detect any difference between this mode and normal mode going through HDMI interface. Truth be known, I only tried a few different CDs and the tests were unstructured. I don't own any SACDs so I cannot comment on its ability to play these.

I haven't tried any of its apps yet including Miracast.

I'm happy with the performance of this unit from playing discs of all formats and I really like its looks. I still miss and will always miss the "Yamaha orange" of the older Yamaha products.
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AVR Yamaha RX-V 1800/1900/1500
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BR Yamaha BD-S681/Sony UBP-X800/BDP-S360 DPL Samsung 65"/ 55"
Speakers PSB T-45,8C,1B/ PSB 400,200C,RBH A600/ PSB Alphas
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I've played several BluRays and CDs since I unboxed it at Christmas. The player supports all the CD,DVD, and BluRay formats including 3D, as well as SACD. It also supports Miracast. In general, the unit appears sturdy but its lighter than it appears. The tray mechanism doesn't feel as solid as it does on my old Sony BDP-S360. The setup menu is easy to navigate and intuitive, at least to me. Loading times are much faster than the Sony however. From an video perspective, I have it set to automatically upscale everything to 4K and its HDMI output it's directly connected to my Samsung 4K display. The display is crisp and clean and so far, I haven't noticed any artifacts.

From an audio perspective, it does all the lossless high def codecs and the audio sounds good. An interesting note is this unit offers a "CD" playback mode when playing CDs. This mode can be accessed via a button on the unit or on the supplied remote. It slows the rotation of the discs to normal CD rotational rates to reduce effects of vibration and improve on error correction. I use it with "pure direct" mode of the player to play CDs and use the analog outputs of the player. Pure Direct turns off any non essential DSP as well as the display much like Yamaha AVRs .I did not detect any difference between this mode and normal mode going through HDMI interface. Truth be known, I only tried a few different CDs and the tests were unstructured. I don't own any SACDs so I cannot comment on its ability to play these.

I haven't tried any of its apps yet including Miracast.

I'm happy with the performance of this unit from playing discs of all formats and I really like its looks. I still miss and will always miss the "Yamaha orange" of the older Yamaha products.
Congrats on the new toy. I hope they have fixed whatever causes the BD-S677 to freeze when scrolling titles from DLNA or USB drive sources. This has been aggravating for me. The specs look similar apart from the added 4K upscaling. Is the UI still "minimalist"?
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Congrats on the new toy. I hope they have fixed whatever causes the BD-S677 to freeze when scrolling titles from DLNA or USB drive sources. This has been aggravating for me. The specs look similar apart from the added 4K upscaling. Is the UI still "minimalist"?
I can supply a pic of the UI of you like. I don't know what the UI's look like for the older models.

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I watched Total Recall (2012 version) Bluray of this movie to test the Yamaha as the audio track was N OT mastered correctly. ( http://www.amazon.com/forum/blu-ray...Tx5YJSC90T4UMT ) My old Sony BluRay player use to freeze in chapter 6 at the same spot in time everytime. The Yamaha faired better in that it didn't freeze but there were audio dropouts through out the film.

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I can supply a pic of the UI of you like. I don't know what the UI's look like for the older models.
No need to take a pic, thanks though. The interface on the older model is basically scrolling through text to choose files and it doesn't show the full title if it is a long one, such as show/season/episode. It freezes a lot when scrolling or going back to the list after playing a file. I now use the DS video app on Apple TV to scroll through my Synology files.
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Yamaha BD-S681 for Non 4K HDTV

I have a regular LG HDTV TV (model 2016) - but not 4K. Can I use Yamaha blu-ray BD-S681 since this unit has 4K upscaling feature ?
Will my HDTV be compatible or be able to support video signal from BD-S681, or should I use a lower model which is BD-S677
(not 4K upscaling) ? Thanks
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Yamaha BD-S681

Hi,

I've recently bought the Yamaha Blu-ray player BD-S681 and have a little problem.
Always after a temporary blackout it comes not to StandBy like it was left but to ON and remains ON.
It's not normal I'm affraid.

Anybody knows a solution.
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does this player support HDCD?


according to this, it does not:


http://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/au...l#product-tabs


but on their manual PDF file, it says it does.


so what does that mean?


and what is the difference btwn. this model vs. BD-A1060? I know the 1060 has XLR at the rear, but what else?

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