"Great Blu-ray player for first time or anytime buyer"4.5 starson by glpatnode
Pros: All audio codecs covered except DTS-HD MA, plays DVD-Audio discs and CDs and offers a 7.1 output (the only one to do this)
Cons: Clumsy remote - flip down door attactive but unnecessary
Summary: After getting the first Panasonic Blu-ray player for my main HT room, the DMP-BD10 and upgrading it to version 2.0 for Dolby TRUEHD and DTS-HD HR decoding, the purchase of this DMP-BD10A with the upgrade already done plus five free BD discs inside was a no-brainer for the master bedroom's HDTV set.
I have used the DMP-BD10 since December and found it to be a solid unit and it plays everything except HD-DVDs and SACDs and does it well.
This newer "A" suffix model is identical to the first one with the advanced audio decoding upgrades already done.
Only the remote on this "A" model is now black instead of silver and the logos for Dolby TRUEHD and DTS-HD HR are on the case along with Dolby Digital Plus (as before).
If you want to use the 7.1 audio inputs on your AV receiver and don't have HDMI inputs on it, this BD player is also for you-the only BD player that has these.
Video upconversion is excellent for standard DVDs and the 3:2 pulldown works great,too.
Although this unit does not offer DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, no BD player to date does, either:
I wonder if once a player actually decodes MA, will anyone tell the difference vs. like I did between the standard DTS and DTS-HD HR?
Additionally, upgrades have to be done with discs from the manufacturer or downloaded to CD-Rs vs. using an online hookup for some players, as no jack is available.
BD-Java works well on BD movies that have it and I experienced no problems on either unit to date.
This unit does not support 1080p/24, but unless your particular display demands this support, do not stop from buying this player because of this:
1080p/60 is just fine on both of my HDTVs (different type HDTV sets).
So if you want a great player and some free BD discs to start you out with, great hookup possiblities (7.1 analogue), ablility to play almost everything (including DVD-Audio) and all the advanced audio codes (exception DTS-HD MA), this Blu-ray player is for you!