The base player of FUNAI offers the best price-performance ratio.
- FUNAI B1-M110
- Data sheet
The family resemblance is when all three players already visually cannot be denied. As with pure blood-noble clans, there are the prominent warts and moles in Onkyo and Philips; one must only look at the back. There sits the component output on the same spot, HDMI, digital coax, and analog stereo output are placed exactly congruent. They discovered individual variables when the number of connections – the FUNAI offers no optical digital connection, Philips shows off as a rich uncle of the family with a five-channel analog output.
Also at the visible and heat-protected video chip of Panasonic, player brothers same again exactly. This is not however the famous UniPhier chip by Matsushita, which is connected to many other Blu-ray players, but whose particularily predecessor.
Onkyo and FUNAI have used the same graphics toolkit for the operating menu and only changed the size a bit. The functionality is almost identical for all players. But there are a few small differences in the gene pool: the Onkyo plays any DivX videos no WMA, Philips, the FUNAI no CEC over HDMI (the communication channel between player and TV and AV receiver). The Ethernet port and the BD profile 2.0, to be fit for “BD-Live” is also missing all three. Who would like to download additional material to a purchased Blu ray disc from the Internet or participate in online games, should look so for another device. Still, the offer of “BD-live” features is relatively manageable.
No HD decoder
All three players to natively output DTS HD Master signals just as Bitstream over HDMI. PCM over HDMI or even an analog multi channel output (conceivable in theory only at the Philips) is not possible because of missing decoders. In these cases, the data reduced DTS-surround-core is then decoded – and thus sound quality is lost can be heard. Owners of older AV receiver without suitable DTS-HD decoder would miss something so clearly.
The second high resolution audio format that Blu-ray is found on one – Dolby TrueHD – is the Onkyo and the FUNAI also not decoded, but only the compressed Dolby Digital version processed.
So far so good. But what about the skills of the three player brothers? Especially if they have to compete against a proven not FUNAI, the Pioneer BDP-LX_71 (AUDIO 9/08)? Reflected in the image test: this family holds together. No matter whether at the scaled playback from DVD or the native Blu-ray image – always were the same virtues and vices to find.
To convert the video data stored on a DVD in fields in the frames required by digital displays, the player must have a good de Interlacer. You can see weaknesses in this discipline to wavy and jagged lines where actually taut contours are expected. With special test sequences to the flag waving example before a fine-structured House wall – get Interlacer errors quickly to the bottom. In this discipline the three players fought bravely, although they are beaten had to give the faster computation arts of chips at the pioneer. Inflating a normal PAL image with a resolution of 720 times 576 pixels on that at full-HD TVs gefordeten 1920 times 1080 pixel belongs to the compulsory repertoire of a good Blu-ray player. Family Funai solved this task joint sovereign with a clean, quiet flow of images. The pioneer was able to produce some more sharpness and depth, the scaled image was altogether a track more stable. When playing a Blu-ray disc, the video processor must work less intensively; Finally, the image natively in best resolution exists. At the interlaced images a HD camera in the 1080i standard in the usual full-screen images with 1080 p must be – cast but for example at some concert recordings on Blu-ray disc. Also, an active de Interlacer is required, which is checked with a “jaggies” test – a spinning, white bar -. The lines remain smooth or curl it visible? The pioneer showed an outstanding performance here, too, the FUNAI, the Onkyo and the Philips could not quite keep up with and represented the test beams visible jigsaw.
The most exciting question but arose in the hearing test: the family resemblance should win again? The same one the three players actually like an egg?
First of all Yes. When the analog stereo reproduction, the differences were very hard to guess – and even harder to divide “better” or “worse”. A surprisingly good figure and appearance compared with the pioneer, an almost lively acting – whether with pop music or classical recordings managed all three.
But then a successful appearance was the Onkyo via the coax output with reduced data surround sound, it moved the Philips HD tone at the top.
But beware – it doesn’t mean much. Because the tonal differences could be one on a normal scattering of the series, on the other hand the ear occasionally tends to focus – especially if the sound is very similar to the smallest nuances. Especially as a plant would be necessary for distinctness in this tiny stages, twenty times exceeding player prices easily. The differences are so negligible – and all three players true Funais.
Technical data and test results
|DVD-audio / SACD|| /|
|Blu-ray / HD-DVD||/ |
|HD-R / HD-RW / Java|| / / |
|Copy protection: Key2Audio / Cactus / doc loc|| / / |
|Output of Dolby TrueHD, analog / PCM / Bitstream||/ /|
|Output DTS-HD analog / PCM / Bitstream||/ /|
|Output of digital 96 kHz||Yes|
|Playback MP3 /.|
|Playing MP3 / JPEG / WMA /.||/ / /|
|extended color space||YUV|
|AUDIO outputs analog RCA / 5.1 / 7.1||/ /|
|Digital Cinchoptisch / HDMI||Yes /. / (1.3)|
|Video outputs SCART / RCA / Hosiden /.||/ /|
|Ethernet / USB||/|
|Basis for other players; offers the best value for money|
|No analog multichannel outputs, no HD decoder|
|Sound HDMI||very good 90|
|HD picture quality||125|
|Picture quality DVD||Top 90|
|Sound judgment||very good 88|
|Price / performance||ueberraged|
|tested in issue:||1 / 09|