"Awesome Blu Ray"on by aztovegas
Pros Picture, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD
Cons Time to power on
Summary With the exception of my patience wearing thin when I hit the power button, (takes about 20-30 seconds to start) this Blu Ray player has no faults, the hi def audio makes movies real and the picture is perfect.
Pros Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD lossless
Cons not compatible with LG HDTV
Summary I like Panasonic products, they are easy to use, have good features and very durable. So, for a Blu-Ray player I purchased the DMP-BD30K with my new LG 47LG50 TV and discovered a defect when the player was hooked up via HDMI on all 3 ports of my TV. The screen showed random snow/static and kept flickering. I tried connecting my old upconverting DVD player via HDMI and did not have the problem. I returned the DMP-BD30K and got the Sony BDP-S300 and had no problems after connecting with the HDMI. I then read the reviews of the DMP-BD30K on c/net and realized that owners of Samsung HDTV had the same problems--maybe there is a compatibility issue with Korean brand TVs.
The Sony works well, but because it lacks Profile 1.1 or have Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD capabilities so I wished that the DMP-BD30K was compatible with my TV...Too bad.
Pros Made In Japan (not China)
Cons Cost Is A Bit Pricey
Summary I love this deck! Maybe because I had first tried Sony's miserable 300 series as well as the 500 series. Then I tried the ever sub-standard Samsung 1400 deck next.
Those three decks played Blu Ray ever so slowly. Commands from the remote were delayed and so slow. Just getting the tray drawer to open took 10-20 seconds. Loading was very slow (Blu Ray discs carry tons of information).
Along comes the Panasonic. I find that most walk-in stores are sold-out of this deck. Online stores don't have it as well. It's obvious this deck is popular and more obvious that this deck sells for $499 (Apr 08) at every online and walk-in stores. No deals.
I love its SD card slot. That permits you to record in HD on the newer camcorders and simply transfer it to the SD card. Or view JPEG photos as well off SD cards.
Mostly important and essential is that this deck is indeed responsive. I'm not a Panasonic fan but this deck impresses me well beyond what I had become accustomed to. Asking a remote to respond to a command was instant as is the case with most standard DVD players. Loading times of Blu-Ray discs were slower but then again a Blu Ray disc carries up to 5 times the amount of information as a standard DVD disc.
Plus, this deck is MADE IN JAPAN. Not China (so tired of junk from China).
It may not be a Denon but then again it certainly isn't a Samsung or Sony deck either. It fits right in the middle and I really am enjoying it.
Worth $499? Maybe not. Everyone is saying that come Christmas 2008, Blu Ray players will come down in price. Maybe... But why wait another 7-8 months and miss out of the fabulous Blu Ray quality available now.
Treat yourself to this quality Panasonic Blu Ray player!
Pros great picture, good remote, great sound.
Cons expensive, not 2.0 capable.
Summary This player is an excellant player for both blu-ray discs and standard dvd's. My machine was very easy to set up and I had it working within 5 minutes after plugging it in. Blu-ray playback was excellant. It does not have decoders in it for soundtracks like DTS-HD MA, but my receiver will decode them. Standard DVD's looked great with no jaggies and they looked really good. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it to get and used. I would highly recommend it.Updated
I just got this and am blown away by it's picture quality. The Panasonic has a very easy set up and I had mine up and working within five minutes. Blu-ray picture quality is simply amazing. I watched Underworld because I knew the darkness of the film would challenge any player's capabilities and the Panasonic passed with flying colors. Upconversion of standard DVD's I found to be very good, despite the qualms of others here. Lord of the Rings:Return of the King has several sequences I played to test the player's ability and it passed quite well. Frodo's fight with Shelob has amazing detail and the big battle in front of Minas Tirith looks great, lots of detail in the soldiers quick movements and no trailing shadows after their movements.
Audio is excellant with this player. Granted, it does not contain the new high def decoding capability for such soundtracks as DTS-HD MA, but any of the new receivers that have these decoders built into them will work quite well. My Onkyo 805 handled them quite well. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack of Close Encounter of the Third Kind is wonderful. I would highly recommend this player for anyone looking for a good blu-ray player. The remote control is very good and feels good in the hand, picture quality is great and audio is really good. Buy it.
Pros So far, works superbly
Cons Comparing with other players-NONE worth mentioning
Summary I took back a Samsung Blu Ray Player- I did not like the way it handled standard DVD's (up conversion not very good). A few weeks later, I took back a Sony 300 Blu-Ray - the Sony was a nightmare from hell! Would stop playing in the middle of a film and put garbage on my TV and it seemed to take forever to open and close. As for the Panasonic Blu Ray-so far, it's proving to be far superior to Sony or Samsung and not only does the Panasonic handle Blu Ray DVD's superbly but it does a miraculous job with STANDARD DVD's. Panasonic's up conversion does work extremely well. I also noticed that I obtained a CLEANER over-all picture from the Panasonic. This is one player that I will not be taking back to the store! I really like it.