Yamaha BD S1065 Overview


Yamaha recently added two new models to its Blu-ray lineup. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD-S1065, but here is an overview of the player's features. This Profile 2.0 player supports BonusView/picture-in-picture playback and BD-Live Web functionality, and it offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BD-S1065 does not support any type of video-on-demand platform, such as those offered by Netflix and Amazon.
In terms of video connections, the BD-S1065 offers HDMI, component video, S-video, and composite video outputs. This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. The setup menu does not include any advanced picture adjustments, such as preset picture modes or noise-reduction options. The BD-S1065 has the full complement of audio connections: HDMI, optical and coaxial digital and 2- and 7.1-channel analog. As I mentioned, the player has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. You can set speaker size, level, and delay for the analog audio outputs.

The BD-S1065's disc drive supports BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, and JPEG playback, but not MP3 or WMA music files. The back panel features an Ethernet port for BD-Live Web connectivity; this player does not have built-in wireless functionality. The BD-S1065 also lacks internal memory, so the addition of an external storage device is required to download BD-Live features; a back-panel USB port is provided for this purpose. The player lacks RS-232, but it does have remote control in/out ports. The unit is compatible with the SCENE function available in many Yamaha receivers, which automatically launches a series of codes for certain tasks like "DVD Viewing."

Purely from a Blu-ray standpoint, the BD-S1065 has the most desirable features to suit any A/V setup--such as 1080p/24 output, BD-Live, and HD audio decoding with multichannel analog outputs--and would be a logical fit for anyone who owns a Yamaha receiver.