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Panasonic DMP-BD10

Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player

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Get the most out of your HDTV with Panasonic's DMP-BD10. This advanced player takes full advantage of Blu-ray Disc technology to create a new level of home theater performance with breathtaking picture and sound quality. It can play Blu-ray Discs in 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels progressive-scan) resolution — making it an ideal match for today's popular 1080p-capable TVs. This highly capable player can also upconvert standard DVDs to resolutions as high as 1080p, so your existing DVD collection will look better than ever.

Get the most out of your HDTV with Panasonic's DMP-BD10. This advanced player takes full advantage of Blu-ray Disc technology to create a new level of home theater performance with breathtaking picture and sound quality. It can play Blu-ray Discs in 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels progressive-scan) resolution — making it an ideal match for today's popular 1080p-capable TVs. This highly capable player can also upconvert standard DVDs to resolutions as high as 1080p, so your existing DVD collection will look better than ever.

Precise digital video
The 'BD10's amazing picture is a result of Panasonic's proprietary P4HD processing. This advanced video processing 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 is applied to diagonal lines to eliminate jagged edges, for smooth, realistic contours. The player's high-quality video digital-to-analog converter can reproduce over four trillion colors — movies come alive with exceptional depth and realism.

Next-generation audio
The 'BD10 is also the first Blu-ray Disc player capable of decoding Dolby® Digital Plus — a new surround format that uses less compression than "regular" Dolby Digital to produce fuller, richer movie sound effects with up to eight discrete channels of surround sound. By comparison, regular Dolby Digital tops out at six discrete channels. If you have a receiver that can accept 7.1-channel audio through an analog or HDMI input, Dolby Digital Plus will help you enjoy a more complete home theater experience.

Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks are also backward-compatible with regular Dolby Digital equipment — the soundtrack is simply downmixed from eight discrete channels to six. That means folks with just about any surround sound setup will be able to enjoy wraparound home theater audio with the DMP-BD10.

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Product 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 DVD-Audio, 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)
  • P4HD processing for optimum video performance
  • Virtual Battery Operation prevents noise from entering audio circuitry
  • EZ Sync™ control simplifies operation with a compatible Panasonic plasma TV
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital Plus
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS®, and multichannnel uncompressed PCM
  • BD-Java interactive capability
  • HDMI digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, and component video)
  • stereo and 7.1-channel audio outputs
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • remote control (multibrand for TVs)
  • 296MHz/14-bit video D/A converter
  • separate 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters for each of the eight channels
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 14-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • 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

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • 62" AC power cord
  • EUR7658Y80 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 44" A/V cable (has an RCA composite video and stereo audio connectors on each end)
  • "Eight Below" Blu-ray Disc
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Product Registration Card
  • Customer Care Plan (extended warranty) card
  • Firmware upgrade note
  • Free DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD audio upgrade offer
  • 2 Free Blu-ray Disc offer (valid 10/1/06 through 3/31/07)

Panasonic DMP-BD10 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

You'll see so much more

daustins from Pecos, Texas on 3/18/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A good product, with good performance. I cannot speak to the DACs for I use HDMI only. My complaints are trivial.<BR><BR>This being a Blu-Ray player, I wish that Panasonic had used a different remote code than the one for its regular (and cheap) players. Oddly enough some universal remotes operate one but not the other. <BR><BR>The remote is not that well designed, but Panasonic suffers across the board from that. The thumb wheel is both sensitive and finicky, too easy to trigger. And the motion sequence between back up and play is cumbersome. <BR><BR>The on-screen display shows a bar of progress across the disc, but not total time on the disc. Even their cheap ($80) players do better than that. And while we're at it, why don't all companies do some work on the on-screen graphics? We cannot expect them all to rise to the standard of the $1500 Sony receiver, but when you consider the great complexity of the processing ALREADY going on in the player, a little attention to this would be nice. Transparent elapsed-time meters? Ought not be hard.<BR><BR>These are quibbles. Blu-ray is farther above DVD than DVD was above VHS. Buy it in hopes that HD DVD will die, or that we'll have combo players at a reasonable price from everyone.



Awesome. AWESOME!

Justin from Los Angeles, CA on 12/24/2006

This thing rocks. I'm tired of people comparing all the MPEG-2 stuff to HD DVD. The deal is that there's a bunch of BDs out there that are using the old MPEG-2 compression and they just don't do the format justice. Check out some of the nice MPEG-4 stuff out there like The Great Raid or X-Men 3. These things leave HD DVD in the dust and I'm guessing that MPEG-2 will be used less and less. Sure the thing is more of a Cadillac than a Ferrari, but since when are people in a rush and sitting down to watch a movie at the same time. This thing is a shade slower than most DVD players, but I love mine and wouldn't trade it for an inferior format if you paid me. My favorite part is the surround sound. Something about it is just way more impressive than I expected. Maybe it's just my new receiver, but I'd like to think that this new fancy cable and surround sound specs have something to do with it. Get the right receiver and 1080 tv to match before comparing to an HD DVD unit and you will see and hear the difference.



Excellent Blu-ray - Superior to HD DVD in Every Way

Brandon from Queens, NY on 11/20/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is an excellent player in every way. The build quality is superb, and it works smoothly. In comparison to the Toshiba HD A1 HD DVD player, this Panasonic is a Mercedes, and the Toshiba is a Kia.<BR><BR>The Panasonic, though no speed demon, has far quicker load times and suffers from fewer (read 'no') glitches that I have seen in over two weeks of playing time with 10 Blu-ray discs, both single-layer 25GB discs and dual-layer 50GB discs.<BR><BR>I have watched and compared a couple of discs that are available on both HD DVD and Blu-ray, namely MI:III and Reds, and in both cases, though they were nearly identical, the Panasonic and Blu-ray discs outperformed the Toshiba and HD DVD discs on picture quality and sound quality. The colours on the Blu-ray discs were more vibrant and the blacks more solid and 'blacker'. The overall picture was more three dimensional, and the film grain more natural.<BR><BR>It should also be noted, that the Panasonic comes with a registration card in the box to receive a CD with a firmware update for the unit that will enable it to decode the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD lossless audio codecs and pass them at full resolution through the analogue 7.1 outputs and the HDMI output. Whereas now, if you select these options on a disc, the unit will just play the standard 'core' Dolby Digital or dts program.<BR><BR>So, basically, this stand-alone Blu-ray player, which is also BD-Java compatible, does everything except BD-Live, so it is a great first choice player.



Panasonic DMP-BD10 kicks!

Rafael from Miami, FL on 11/9/2006

This machine is great! Ill start with its packaging. The box did not state whether an HDMI cable was included, and the salesman did not know, since it was a brand new product. I bought the HDMI cable to be on the safe side. Good thing, as it was not included.<BR><BR>I also have the Toshiba HD-A1. They included an HDMI cable in the box--maybe not a $200 model, but the cable was there. I think all high definition players should come with an HDMI cable, even if its a standard-quality one.<BR><BR>When you turn on the player, both the "welcome screen" and the OSD menus will be unimpressive. Nowever, the OSD is easy to follow and gets the job done.<BR><BR>Machine response time and time to start playback is much faster then on the Toshiba HD-A1, but slower than a standard DVD player. This seems to be the norm, at the moment at least.<BR><BR>Panasonic includes the standard RCA-type composite video and audio cables in the box, although I would feel it will be rare for anyone to connect a Blu-ray player using the standard RCA composite cable due to its limitations.<BR><BR>You get a free Blu-ray movie in the box and a coupon for two more free Blu-ray movies. I received the movies promptly--9 days, to be exact.<BR><BR>Im not too thrilled about the disc loading mechanism. You have to manually lower the front panel first, then press eject. It would be sweet if this mechanism were motorized, although many folks say the fact that it is manual means there is one less item that can break.<BR><BR>We watched Click and the picture and sound quality were both excellent. Even an initial Blu-ray release (50 First Dates) looked incredible.<BR><BR>This unit is available now--no ten-mont



new player, old results

mike from quincy ma on 11/8/2006

I just got this player, and i must say the only thing good is the sleek look. I thought this one would beat out the Toshiba HD-A1 player but my hopes were lost. I compared the HD version of Training Day and the Blue Ray version to my dismay, the Blue Ray version was softer and a lot more grainier. I also compared Corpse Bride for HD and Blue Ray and the Blue Ray seemed lighter in color with less blacks. After all this this will be my last time i give Blue Ray a chance, I'm sticking with HD! I hope you do too.



Blu-ray is here to stay!

jldt from APO AP on 10/27/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've been enjoying the new panasonic blu-ray I purchased through Crutchfield. I've read so many reviews against Blu-ray without the facts (like not having one of the best blu-ray players now coming out)and am happy to inform you that the true fact is that blu-ray is here to stay. I have watched blu-ray DVDs and am enjoying the sheer clarity of the picture, its bright colors that look alive and authentic, a booming surround sound. I do not have a 1080p television but do have the Panasonic 50" plasma and still the blu-ray offers a richer picture via 1080i with a contrast of 10000:1. This machine has made my tv look many times better! Most of the regular DVDs are able to be upgraded and have deeper, brighter and richer colors. The Panasonic Blu-Ray disc player is all black, sleek and very good looking. I don't care for the remote control with its flimsy circle and hate the fact that it doesn't have an open/eject button making it an inconvenience to manually change discs. However, this disc player does turn on rather quickly and once started is as fast as the punch of a button. Anyway, don't believe the negative reviews of those whom have not jumped on the blu-ray bandwagon. This machine is beautiful and with it future upgrades it promises should be even better. Yes, the price will come down eventually and it should since I believe no disc player should be the same price as a tv. Get Panasonic'll love it.




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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
  • 3:2/2:2 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: An Analog Devices 296 MHz/14 bit video D/A converter is used for 1080i and 720p component video output. It uses 4x oversampling and NSV (noise shaping video) processing shifts the noise component to an unused band to further boost the signal to noise ratio. 14 bit processing renders ultra-fine images with very smooth color gradations.

Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus is the next-generation audio technology for high-definition programming, it provides up to 8 channels (7.1) of audio with no loss of quality in the conversion process. The Dolby Digital Plus signal is output digitally through the HDMI output, or decoded internally and output through the 7.1 channel analog outputs. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.

Audio D/A Converter: Eight 192 kHz/24 bit audio D/A converters are used for the analog audio outputs, one for each channel. A Virtual battery circuit isolates the AC power supply so its noise doesn't enter the audio signal path.

Disc Compatibility: The DMP-BD10 is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-Video: Blu-ray Disc
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-Audio: high fidelity music
  • DVD-RAM: must be removed from cartridge
  • DVD-R: record once DVD
  • DVD-R DL: dual layer DVD-R
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • DVD+R: record once DVD
  • DVD+R DL: double layer DVD+R
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once CD
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD
  • Video CD: including SVCD

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-BD10 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. ID3 tags will not be displayed.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-RAM discs using UDF, ISO 9660 level 1 or 2 (except extended formats), or Joliet formats. Pixel resolution between 34 x 34 and 6144 x 4096 is supported.

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.

Surround Sound Decoders: The DMP-BD10 has built-in Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, and DTS surround processors. You can output analog 5.1 or 7.1 audio. There is a multi-channel audio setup menu in which you set the surround parameters:

  • Front Left:
    • Size: large or small (controls left and right)
    • Level: -6dB to 0dB (full volume)
  • Front Right:
    • Size: large or small (controls left and right)
    • Level: -6dB to 0dB (full volume)
  • Center:
    • Size: large, small, or none
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)
    • Delay: 0 to 5.0 ms in 0.1 ms increments
  • Left Surround:
    • Size: large, small, or none (controls left and right)
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)
    • Delay: 0 to 15.0 ms in 0.1 ms increments (controls left and right)
  • Right Surround:
    • Size: large, small, or none (controls left and right)
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)
    • Delay: 0 to 15.0 ms in 0.1 ms increments (controls left and right)
  • Left Surround Back:
    • Size: large, small, or none (controls left and right)
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)
    • Delay: 0 to 15.0 ms in 0.1 ms increments (controls left and right)
  • Right Surround Back:
    • Size: large, small, or none (controls left and right)
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)
    • Delay: 0 to 15.0 ms in 0.1 ms increments (controls left and right)
  • Subwoofer:
    • Sub: on or off
    • Level: -12dB to 0dB (full volume)

Virtual Surround: When watching a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital (minimum two channels) virtual surround offers a surround-like effect using only two speakers.

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-BD10 to control the TV or receiver's power on, input switching, power off, etc.

Fan Cooled: A fan on the back of the DMP-BD10 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, which offers more distinct blacks and whites, useful when the TV only supports RGB
  • Audio: HDMI audio must be turned off when using the optical or coaxial digital output

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, 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 are two pair of stereo RCA outputs plus 7.1 channel RCAs for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

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