"A great upgrade from the DMP-BD55 where it counts..."3.5 starson by jpsomner
Pros: Excellent Video and Audio quality (likely none better)
Excellent DVD upconversion
Excellent DACs for up to 7.1 analog out
Audio reformatting (if enabled) of DD, DD+, TrueHD 5.1 to 7.1
DTS (all formats) speaker remapping from 5.1 and 6.1 to 7.1
Cons: User interface needs major overhaul
Remote is lacking sophistication
Bluray start-up time is only somewhat improved
Summary: This player has it in spades where it counts. I dont use the BD-Live features nor the streaming services and cant really comment on that. I was used to the interface on the DMP-BD55 and this one is, at least, no worse.....but certainly not improved which is ridiculous. Audio reformatting is essential if you like all your speakers firing on a 7.1 system.
Had I not a rack plate already cut for the 55 which the 85 fit perfectly and had the Crestron, LAN, etc not recognized the 85 I might have considered something else......but it would be a very tough sell given how great the Panny performs otherwise.