"Thoroughly Happy"4.5 starson by Spanky62
Pros: Blu Ray 1.1 support, improved physical design, no out of box FW update required
Cons: No ethernet port, slow disk loading, no free movies
Summary: I wanted a stand alone blu ray player instead of a PlayStation 3 so I could keep the kid's gaming off the new HD TV and in the basement where it belongs. After agonizing over the reviews on Cnet and Amazon I picked the Panasonic DMP-BD30K. The deciding factor was it's support of the Blu Ray 1.1 profile and improved disk drawer and remote control design compared to the previous model (DMP-BD10A). I was not concerned about the lack of internal decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio since my Onkyo receiver will handle this. I was tempted by the free Blu Ray movies that come with the BD10A but for the same price I would rather have the improved 2nd generation player. Blu Ray disk play back is awesome as expected, and the standard DVD upconversion also looks great. I know DVD upconversion is an area where this player didn't do as well according to cnet but it's nothing the average viewer will ever notice. So far it has played every blu ray and standard DVD with no firmware upgrades required (another thing I wanted to avoid for as long as possible). As others have noted, it does take a little while for the disk drawer to open and for the movies to load but it's no biggie. The manual is a little cryptic but it makes sense after a while and is really no worse than those from other electronics manufacturers.