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Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player

Item # 133DMPBD10

Get the most out of your HDTV with Panasonic's DMP-BD10.

Get the most out of your HDTV with Panasonic's DMP-BD10.

Item # 133DMPBD10

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About the Panasonic DMP-BD10

Loren Barstow
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
  • viewing high-definition Blu-ray content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV
  • plays "Region 1" DVDs and "Region A" Blu-ray Discs only
  • MFR # DMP-BD10

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)

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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
  • 3:2/2:2 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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