I check into this forum only infrequently, as I actually enjoy listening to music more than making changes to firmware that works, and I have read most of the posts here (too many to claim all) and the thread "end of MM" . I admit to being very disappointed to where the MM interface has evolved to, after several years, it is in my view inferior to the original MPad as a simple means of finding, and playing, your digital music. My music is properly tagged with consistent album names, cover jpgs, and my own 14 genres - MPad let me quickly decide which sort method was fastest to find what I was looking for, or which genre I just wanted to browse. There is no single sort that works always - having rapid choice of which tags to sort means that your digital music is accessible quickly.
After goodness know how many iterations of MM and its predecessors, there is still only "Artist" as a sort option, and genre seems missing in action... may as well not even have these tags. Why is Bryston constantly fiddling with internet integration, Tidal, etc when the most basic methods of accessing your own music (which after all is why the BDP series was developed) are not there yet?
I know that this forum has many constant contributors who help debug new firmware and suggest changes, however I also noticed that at least some of these super users access music only by browsing their folder structure. To each their own obviously, but to me this is just a waste of the power of digital metadata, and it appears to me that MM in its current state (I am one version back) has failed in one of its most basic functions, rapid access to a large library of digital music files with multiple sorting options. That the default view is a browser rather than a sort of tags is telling.
It is inevitable that the original BDP-1 will end up with a "final" firmware, due to the limitations of its memory and chip. Can we at least ensure that the "final" firmware does at least what MPad did for so many years? I very much enjoy my BDP-1, and would entertain an upgrade at some point, but I also want to see that Bryston can take the software side of this new equipment as seriously as they take the hardware side, and I honestly am not seeing the two pieces at an equal level of quality now.