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Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player

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by Loren Barstow
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Blu-ray Disc players — the ultimate picture and sound

Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

See how good your HDTV can really look with the Panasonic DMP-BD30. This powerful player takes advantage of Blu-ray Disc technology to deliver a gorgeous picture that's even more vibrant and detailed than high-definition television broadcasts. It also supports the latest Blu-ray format enhancements, which allow features such as picture-in-picture with upcoming compatible discs. A front-panel slot makes easy it to display photos and videos from SD™ memory cards on your television screen.

Precise digital video
The 'BD30's amazing picture is a result of Panasonic's exclusive processing. It samples over 15 billion pixels per second to create a detailed picture with lifelike textures, and uses 16-level motion detection to ensure on-screen movement stays blur-free. Special processing eliminates jagged edges on diagonal lines, for smooth, realistic contours.

Next-generation audio
If you've got a newer home theater receiver with advanced sound decoding, you can also enjoy state-of-the-art audio to complete the high-def experience. Just connect the 'BD30 to your receiver via HDMI for thrilling surround sound from Blu-ray Discs with Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS®-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Dolby Digital Plus gives you more realistic sound than what you've heard with regular Dolby Digital, while Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio use "lossless" compression to deliver detailed sound that's identical to the movie studio's original master.

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Highlights:

  • plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM
  • plays high-def AVCHD files on home-burned DVDs and SD memory cards
  • plays CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD
    (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • UniPhier® processing for optimum video performance
  • EZ Sync™ remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • supports Blu-ray Disc Final Standard Profile (Profile 1 Version 1.1) for added bonus features with compatible discs
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital and DTS
  • multichannnel uncompressed PCM output via HDMI (up to 7.1 channels)
  • bitstream audio output via HDMI for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • BD-Java interactive capability
  • HDMI digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • HDMI version 1.3 with Deep Color support
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI)
  • stereo and 5.1-channel audio outputs
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • SD memory card slot
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 13-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition Blu-ray content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV
  • plays "Region 1" DVDs and "Region A" Blu-ray Discs only

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Features and Specs
General
Surround Sound Decoding
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Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable
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Internet Movie Streaming
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DLNA Certified
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Smartphone App Control
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No
DVD Video Upconversion
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720p, 1080i, 1080p (HDMI only)
Multibrand Remote
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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Yes
CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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CD
WMA Playback
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No
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
HDMI Outputs
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1
HDMI Version
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1.3
Ethernet Ports
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None
Analog Audio Outputs
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Stereo + 5.1ch
1080p Video Output
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Yes
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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None
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  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • 5' AC power cord
  • N2QAYB000184 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 45" A/V cable (RCA composite video and stereo audio connectors on each end)
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Product Registration card
  • Customer care plan (extended warranty) information
  • Firmware upgrade note
  • French label stickers
  • 2 Retail display signs (English/French)

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Features
Remote Control
Input and Output Notes

Features

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 40 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much greater storage capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD): Panasonic's P4HD processes more that 15 billion pixels per second to render high-quality progressive images, express motion smoothly, and draw sharp diagonal lines. The following makeup P4HD:

  • Precise Pixel Generator: pixel information is compared to as many as 60 surrounding pixels to ensure accurate progressive conversion
  • Motion Detection: 16-Level Motion Detection with Pixel-Based Motion Adaptive categorizes the image motion of each pixel into one of 16 levels, from still to super fast to best suit the motion, minimizing conversion errors
  • Diagonal Processing: P4HD detects diagonal lines and corrects each pixel accordingly
  • 3:2 Pull-Down: film sources are sensed instantly to optimize processing
  • 1080p Up-Conversion: through the HDMI output any disc can be output as 1080p

Video D/A Converter: The 148.5KHz/14-bit Video D/A Converter technology renders ultra-fine images with smooth gradation and reproduces crisp, natural colors that are extremely faithful to the original movie.

Deep Color: The DMP-BD30's HDMI output is Deep Color compatible, with 4,096 steps of gradation for even smoother, finer-quality images that meet Hollywood's stringent demands, so you can experience movies just the way they were meant to be experienced.

Disc Compatibility: The DMP-BD30 is playback compatible with many disc types which include:

  • BD-Video: pre-recorded Blu-ray disc
  • BD-ROM: version 2
  • BD-RE: version 3 (single layer, dual layer); JPEG
  • BD-R: version 2 (single layer, dual layer)
  • DVD-RAM: DVD video recording format, AVCHD format, JPEG
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD disc
  • DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-R DL: DVD-Video format, DVD-Video Recording format, AVCHD format
  • DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL: DVD Video, AVCHD format
  • CD-Audio: pre-recorded CD-DA
  • CD-R/RW: CD-DA, JPEG, MP3

Future Compatibility: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet.

Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The DMP-BD30 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 audio files recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs using ISO 9660 level 1 or 2 (except extended formats), or Joliet formats. Compatible bit rates include 32-320 kbps with sampling frequencies of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. The unit also supports ID3 tags version 1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto BD-RE, DVD-RAM, CD-R, or CD-RW disc using UDF 2.0, UDF 2.5 ISO 9660 level 1 or 2 (except extended formats), or Joliet formats. The unit will also play JPEG still images recorded onto an SD-card. Pixel resolutions between 34 x 34 and 5120 x 3840 are supported. You can view still images in one at a time, in an index mode or slide-show fashion. Still images can also be rotated and zoomed. If you are viewing still images from an SD-card you can insert a music CD into the player for background music.

SD Card Slot: The convenient SD card slot on the front panel of the DMP-BD30 allows easy viewing of hi-def videos and photos on your HDTV that have been recorded on an SD card in AVCHD or JPEG format by your digital camcorder or camera. The SD card slot supports SD cards, SDHC cards or mini/micro SD cards (with adapter) formatted in FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32. The player will recognize up to 9999 picture contents and 300 folders stored on a compatible SD card.

Resume Play:Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

TV Aspect Ratio: You can set the player's video output to match the type of television you have connected. You can choose from 4:3 Pan&Scan, 4:3 Letterbox, 16:9 Widescreen or 16:9 Full.

Picture Quality: The DMP-BD30 features five picture quality modes to choose from.

  • Normal: default setting
  • Soft: soft picture with fewer video artifacts
  • Fine: details are sharper
  • Cinema: mellows movies, enhances detail in dark scenes
  • User: manually adjust the Brightness (brightens the picture), Sharpness (sharpens edges of the horizontal lines), Color (adjusts the shade of the picture's color) Gamma (adjusts brightness of dark portion of screen), 3D NR (reduces the rough noise in the background for greater depth), and Integrated NR (smoothes block noise and reduces the smudging that appears around contrasting sections of the picture)

Black Level Control: You can select Lighter or Darker for adjusting the Black Level Control to the desired setting for picture enhancement.

Progressive Output Auto Detection: DVD-Videos are recorded using either film or video. This unit can determine which type has been used then uses the most suitable method of progressive output.

  • Film: recorded at 24 frames per second (recorded at 30 frames per second as well); generally appropriate for motion picture films
  • Video: recorded at 30 frames/60 fields per second; generally appropriate for TV drama programs or animation

Picture-In-Picture: This function of BD-video will play the primary video and secondary video simultaneously. The function is capable of playing the original movie as the primary video while playing video commentary from the film director on a smaller screen as a secondary video.

Virtual Package: Some BD-video disc copy data to other media (local storage) and then play the secondary video, secondary audio and subtitles (sub contents) simultaneously. These functions are known as Virtual Packages. Sub contents are automatically recorded to other media from the disc prior to playing the virtual package. Playback methods vary depending on BD-discs. This player uses its SD card slot along with an optional SD-card to copy data from applicable BD-video discs.

Surround Decoders: In addition to the built-in standard Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, the DMP-BD30 has Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, and DTS-HD "Core Only" decoders as well. Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, and DTS-HD are higher quality sound tracks (than Dolby Digital and DTS) and support up to 7.1 channels. The DMP-BD30 is limited to only 5.1 channel output through the unit's HDMI, digital and 5.1 analog channel outputs. The DMP-BD30 will extract 5.1 channels from the newer Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD 7.1 channels formats. There is a multi-channel audio setup menu in which you set the surround parameters:

  • Speaker Size: You can select the following speaker settings -  Large or Small for the Front speakers, Large, Small or No for the Center, Surround and Surround Back speakers, and Yes or No for the Subwoofer.
  • Delay Time: You can adjust the delay time of the Center Channel , Surround and Surround Back speakers to make up for the difference between their distance to your listening position and the distance from your Front speakers and  your listening position.
  • Channel Balance: You can adjust the output level of each of the following speakers in your system - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left, Surround Right, Surround Back Left, and Surround Back Right

Virtual Surround: When watching a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital (minimum two channels) virtual surround offers a surround-like effect using only two speakers. There are two Virtual Surround Modes - V. Surround 1 and V. Surround 2.

Re-Master: The purpose of the Re-Master function is to reproduce audio signals lost in recording, resulting in sound closer to the original. There are three settings (plus off); High Tempo (for pop, rock, etc), Various Tempos (jazz, etc), and Low Tempo (Classical).

Dialogue Enhancer: When the Dialogue Enhancer feature is activated, the volume of the center channel is raised to make dialogue easier to hear.

Dynamic Range Control: You can use this feature for late night viewing when watching a Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital TrueHD movie. Dynamic range is the difference between the lowest level of sound that can be heard above the noise of the equipment and the highest level of sound before distortion occurs. Dynamic range compression means reducing the gap between the loudest and softest sounds so you can listen at low volumes but still hear dialogue clearly.

EZ Sync HDAVI Control: When connected to an HDAVI compatible Panasonic TV or receiver via the HDMI cable, many functions of the two components are linked together. This allows the DMP-BD30 to control the TV or receiver's power on, input switching, power off, etc.

Parental Control: You can prevent certain DVD discs and BD discs from being played back on the DMP-BD30 by entering a custom user 4-digit password and using the rating system provided by the player for DVD and Blu-ray discs. DVD discs can be set to a level of 0 to 8 while Blu-ray discs have a rating of 0 to 254.

Display Brightness: The units FL display can be set to three brightness modes - Bright (brightens display), Dim (dims display), or Auto (display is dimmed during playback and bright when not in playback).

Off Timer: You can select how long the unit remains on when it is not being used. You can select between 2 hours, 6 hours or turn this feature completely off.

Fan Cooled: A fan on the back of the DMP-BD30 keeps the unit cool.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on multiple brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, and channel up/down.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable. The menu has these setup options for the HDMI output:

  • Video Mode: turns the HDMI video output on or off; when HDMI is on, the component output is fixed at 480i
  • Resolution: resolution can be fixed at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the resolution best suited to the connected television
  • RGB Range: RGB output range is set to Standard or Enhanced, Enhanced offers more distinct blacks and whites and is useful when the TV only supports RGB
  • Audio: HDMI audio must be turned off when using the optical or coaxial digital output
  • Control: turn on if connected by HDMI to a component supporting HDAVI Control

Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When the HDMI output is turned on the component resolution is fixed at 480i.

Composite Video and S-Video: The composite and S-video outputs are always live and fixed at 480i. They can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical, coaxial, and HDMI outputs. Three separate settings instruct Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, and DTS soundtracks to output Bitstream or 2-channel PCM audio. 96 kHz audio signals can be down sampled to 48 kHz if the connected amplifier or pre-amp will not accept signals at that sampling rate.

Analog Audio: There is one pair of stereo RCA outputs plus a 5.1 channel RCA output for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

SD Card Slot: There is an SD card slot located on the front panel of the player behind a fold-down panel that will accept SD, SDHC, MiniSD (with adapter), MicroSD (with adapter) cards.

 
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4 out of 5

First Blu-Tay

Written By pakong, Newport News,VA on Friday, January 16, 2009
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I can't compare this unit to other blu-ray units since this is mu first. Campared to regular DVD, picture and sound is greatly improved. My one sore point is the loading time of the unit but it has read every disk that I have thrown at it. Great price at this point in time
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4 out of 5

Good Bluray player for the price

Written By Tahseen, Cupertino, CA on Sunday, November 23, 2008
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I have seen other expensive Bluray players and did not want to spend a lot before knowing how much of a difference it makes. This player was on sale and purchased a month ago after researching other players.

After using the player, I am satisified with the Panasonic - but I have noticed one problem with it.
The player is slow to respond to open/close buttons
after you power it up. It is one small annoying that one needs to wait until it opens....

I have encountered no issues playing any disc. I borrowed couple of Blu Ray DVDs and the quality is amazing and one will not be disappointed. I have
played many regular DVDs and they are good but not as good as Bluray DVDs. Have encountered no
problems playing any discs so far.

Crutchfield service before and after the sale is top notch, you just can't go wrong.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Panasonic DMP-BD30

Written By Scott B, Quincy ma. on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blue is the best bang for the buck
the 1080p picture is the best all of my other standard dvds work fine no need to down load fireware the sound on blue ray is the best
setup is easy
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5 out of 5

Panasonic DMP-BD30

Written By RC M, Chandler, AZ on Sunday, November 16, 2008
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Great all around Blue Ray, with a price you can afford.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding!

Written By Fred, detroit Lakes, MN on Saturday, November 15, 2008
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This is an outstanding Blu-Ray player. Quality construction, inexpensive price make this well worth the purchase.
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4 out of 5

Panasonic DMP-BD30

Written By Jim, Thorne Bay, Alaska on Thursday, October 23, 2008
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The DMP-BD30 is great looking, easy to use and produces a terrific picture. The ability to update it's firmware is a real plus. I bought mine before they went on sale and still thought it was a good buy.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

May need to download firmware

Written By Bob, Bellingham Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2008
 
If you have problems with some DVD's showing copywrite error messages
you may need to download the latest firmware from panasonics website.
Using a blank CD for download it then can go right into the player and it
updates itself. This all started with some Netflix DVD's getting the error
messge.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Panasonic DMP-BD30

Written By Karen, Worcester, MA on Sunday, August 10, 2008
 
I purchased this Blu Ray Player to go along with a Panasonic HDTV and our family couldn't be happier with it. So far I have not had a single problem and of course you all know that Blu Ray is just awesome. It is worth every penny and this is coming from someone who has a PS3 as well. We wanted a stand alone Blu Ray player and just use our PS3 for gaming. Everyone out there who is on the fence and not sure if a Blu Ray player is necessary, I'm telling you it is. Remember when you had to make the leap from VHS to DVD? You will not regret it!
9 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Finally true HD sound!

Written By Bill, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, August 03, 2008
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I bought the DMP-BD30 to replace a Sony BDP S300. I wanted to be able to get the latest in hi def sound through my receiver. I have a new receiver that will decode the latest sound formats, but the Sony wouldn't send the bitstream to my receiver and the Sony doesn't decode the most advanced sound formats. The Panasonic does send the sound through bitstream to my receiver, and boy is the sound magnificent! When HD is talked about the picture always gets the brunt of the attention, but to me, the sound is the best part. The picure on a DVD gets upconverted to 1080p and looks pretty great, but the sound is still just DD or DTS. The BD30 sends the bitstream to my receiver, and the sound is amazing. When you go back to Dolby Digital it sounds so plain. The new HD sound formats really make Bluray worth the investment. I like the picture on the BD30 better than on the Sony. The Sony picture is more spectacular, but the Panasonic is more pleasing and realistic. The Panasonic is also faster to boot up and faster in navigating the disc. Overall, this player is a great deal. I have been waiting for a high end Bluray player, but all the reviews I have read have pointed to the Panasonic being the best player out there. Eventually I may get a high end player, that's just the way I am. For now I am sticking with the BD 30. So far it has performed flawlessly. It was a scratch and dent, but only the box was dented. Got a great deal, great product and great service as usual from Crutchfield.
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

An Excellent Blu Ray Player

Written By brown, Martinsville, VA on Thursday, July 24, 2008
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I purchased this Blu Ray disc player a few weeks ago after extensive research on these players. I decided the Panasonic was the best choice because of the relatively quick load/start times and few issues with playability.

After using the player extensively since I purchased, I am very satisified with the Panasonic. I have encountered no issues playing any disc. I rent
most of my Blu Ray and DVDs and have encountered no problems playing any disc so far. I does not have a built in decoder for Dolby True HD or DTS
HD, but my receiver does, so I get the highest quality sound as well as a great HD picture.

It really improves the picture quality of standard DVDs. The difference to me is significant. I was previously using an upconverting DVD player and
the video improvement is striking. Blu Ray discs have an almost 3 dimentional quality on my HDTV. I highly recommend this player.

Crutchfield service before and after the sale is top notch, you just can't go wrong.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best for Blu-Ray and Reg DVDs

Written By Eric, Chesterfield, VA on Saturday, July 19, 2008
 
I had purchased the "best" upconverting (reg) DVD player because I
wasn't sure if HD DVD or Blu Ray would be THE standard for Hi Def DVD,
but was disappointed that it wasn't as good as people had said it was. It
was decent, but not great. Then HD-DVD format bit the dust and Blu-Ray
became the only choice so I sprung for the Panasonic and was really, really
pleased.

Reg DVDs were very crisp and clear and of course Blu-Ray is awesome. I
was very lucky that I was able to return the reg DVD player and get this
one instead.

Loading some Blu_Rays is a bit slow (10-20 sec) but not too bad. Another
bonus is my Plasma TV (1080) is also Panasonic and they sync up great.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Blu-ray player

Written By Domingo, NY on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
 
This is a great blu-ray player for the price! It has the quality of a blu-ray player that costs about $1000. The picture is perfect on my HDTV, 1080/24P. Only downside to this player is that a new receiver that can decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD is needed to hear these uncompressed audio formats. Fortunately, I have a new receiver that can decode these formats. The sound is amazing! It is like you are actually right in the middle of the action. The SD card slot is also very convenient for viewing high resolution pictures. The start-up time of this blu-ray disc player is what made me buy it. The start-up and load times of this player compared to others like the Sony blu-ray players is less than half the time! The bottom line is, if you buy this player, it will be worth every penny.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Blu-ray player

Written By Cacimar, Puerto Rico on Thursday, April 03, 2008
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Well this player is better that the PS3 for the audiophile because of the bitstream option for the new formats. In Bluray video output perfomance it has the best i have ever see...In is a bit slower than the PS3 but not superslow...Excellent product overall and crutchfield keep up the good work.
12 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Today the Best Blue Ray Investment

Written By Andres, Dorado, Puerto Rico on Monday, March 03, 2008
 
I read all the reviews regarding the DMP-BD30 and other brands and I found this machine just marvelous, definitely meets my expectations. The time that takes to load the movie
was less of 15 seconds. The guality of the picture in my Samsung Plasma
(50 inches) was great, I recomend, the moster hdmi cable for better. I
recommend this product.
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5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Decent player but missing a few things

Written By Patrick, San Francisco, CA on Friday, February 08, 2008
 
Purchased this player at a HUGE discount when I bought a Panasonic TV so there is not much I can really complain about for the price I paid. But if I had paid full price there are three things that struck me right off about this unit. First is the slow loading speeds, not horrible but you definitely take notice. Second, though it is compatible with the newer audio formats it does not decode them so you have to have a high priced receiver; which at this point in time there are not very many offering such features. Third, the quality of the 1080p upconversion is not as good as the numerous upconverting DVD players that can be had for less than $100! Quality of Blu-ray disc playback is amazing but picture quality of DVDs could be better. That aside the unit is well made and after a month of constant use has not yet shown to have any problems skipping or freezing. One feature I do miss from my old DVD players, though it is not that important, is the disc memory feature common on many DVD players. It would be nice to be able to switch discs and have the unit remember right where you left off. In a $500 unit I would think that would be something very easily added.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Blu-Ray Player

Written By Jeff, Reno, NV on Wednesday, February 06, 2008
 
I bought the Panasonic DMP-BD30, roughly a week prior to Christmas. I research everything I purchase and want to see them in action before I buy. Now having owned the product for almost a month and a half, I do not regret this decision at all!! I compared this with the Sony & Pioneer Blu-Ray. This machine had way better reviews and everything I wanted. I hooked this up with a HDMI Monster cable to my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV. I have a Denon AVR 2802 receiver that I just purchased to go with my ever building home theater system. The movies are incredible!!! I sat down and watched Spiderman 3 with my son; all I can say is WOW!! The picture quality and sound quality were just unbelievable. Then my wife and I watched the Patriot and it was absolutely amazing the clarity of all the uniforms. The upconversion on this Blu-Ray is incredible also!! I'm not going to go crazy and replace my old DVD's. We watched 6 Days 7 Nights and the upconversion was great!! The Underworld series upconverted great. Next the system comes with an SD slot and we looked at all of our pictures from our vacation. That was an experience, the pictures looked incredible. I would highly recommed this system to anyone, serious about their home theater systems, likes to watch crystal clear movies, and look at incredible photos by using the SD slot!!
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5 out of 5

Amazed

Written By Doug, Burleson, Texas on Sunday, February 03, 2008
 
I own a PS3 and my dad has the first Sony Blu-Ray Player the BDP-S1 and this player blows both of them away way away and i got this player because of the DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO bitstream output capabilities and i must say this player is the best one I have ever used it is almost has fast as my PS3 and works almost like a DVD player and I have it connected with all Monster Cable 1000 HDMI cables to my Onkyo TX-SR705 A/V Receiver and my Samsung LN-T4665f LCD and have NO HDMI handshake problems like the other owners but from my research it seems that they may need to try the firmware update Panasonic says it is suppose to fix the HDMI issues.
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4 out of 5

Panasonic DMP-BD30

Written By Manuel, Tuscaloosa, Al on Saturday, February 02, 2008
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I have had this player for 2months and every movie has played with no freeze. Boot time is fast and dvd upconvert is beautiful. I picked this player for the 1.1 profile and I have no complaints. As always, crutchfield shipped out next day.
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2 out of 5

Has known problems with some Samsung LCD HD TVs

Written By William, Springfield, MO on Sunday, January 20, 2008
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I ordered this player for my Samsung LCD Model Lnt4671F. I hooked the player up direct to the TV using a HDMI Monster cable 1000HD top rated cable. When I powered up the Panasonic player with no disc with set output at 1080p the screen started flickering and would get so bad the TV would start going to a black screen displaying that it had no input.

After trying for a few hours trouble shooting I found out I could stop the flickering only if I switched the output of the player to 1080i. It had a problem with the 1080p output. I reaserched this more on a forum for bluray players and found there are more people with the exact same problem.
Once I started the movie playing at 1080p it settled down and the movie played fine with no flicker. BUT as soon as you hit stop the flickering would return. Also the audio would make little crackle pop sounds.

I returned the unit and crutchfield was very good about helping and has great service. If it wasnt for the flickering I would have rated this much higher. But since I paid for a 1080p player that would only work proper on 1080i there was no choice but to return it. I did discuss this with crutchfield tech and they said they didnt know why it would flicker. On the forum someone stated they called panasonic about this problem and they didnt know why it would flicker either. There solution was to return the player or get another brand TV.
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