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Old 10-17-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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I just picked up the new Panasonic 55 blu ray player at Circuit City last night. I didn't even know it was coming out yet, but I wanted the internal audio decoding so I got it. I think it was supposed to be the floor model becuase when I opened the box it had a cardboard piece of marketing material attached to the top of it via adhesive. Or is that how Panasonic's roll out of the box normally?

Anyways, I unwired my Sony S-1 and hooked up the new Panny and put in the NIN concert to ensure my analogs were in the right place...and cranked it. It sounded tight tight of the box with no audio tweaks. The 1080i looked scratchy, but then I put in DH4 and the 1080p/24 goodness was very pure on my plasma. Oh, and the DTS-MA soundtrack was crackalackin.

If anyone else has this machine, let me know your thoughts.

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Old 10-17-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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Have you tried a disc with BD-Live capabilities?
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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I would like to get this, I am thinking of selling my SHARP player.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:12 PM   #5
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I am down to this one or the Sony S550. It will probably be down to which one is in stock and on sale after Black Friday.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:32 PM   #6
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Very envious - I have no doubt the DMP-BD55 is going to rock people's socks off.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:05 AM   #7
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what's the SRP?
It was $499 but it should be $399 now.

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Old 10-19-2008, 05:54 AM   #9
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Well I like the player except that it won't access the BD-Live functions like the Samsung 1500 will. Transformers is OK , but not these 2 movies.

Anyone having the same problems?

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Old 10-24-2008, 04:41 AM   #10
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I Have The Following Equipment And I Would Like To Know If Someone Can Answer This Question ? I Have The Rotel Rsp1069 Processor And The Rotel Rmb1085 Amp.they Do Not Have Dolby Tru Hd Or Dts Hd Ma.if I Purchase The Panasonic Dvd Bd55 That Processes These Settings Will My Equipment Process It Back As If It Did Have These Settings? If Not Wll It Be Close ? These Are Relatively Newly Purchased Equipment And I Hate To Think They Are Obsolite This Quickly. If The Panny Doesn't Do It Will Any Other Machine Work Better?
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:23 PM   #11
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I Have The Following Equipment And I Would Like To Know If Someone Can Answer This Question ? I Have The Rotel Rsp1069 Processor And The Rotel Rmb1085 Amp.they Do Not Have Dolby Tru Hd Or Dts Hd Ma.if I Purchase The Panasonic Dvd Bd55 That Processes These Settings Will My Equipment Process It Back As If It Did Have These Settings? If Not Wll It Be Close ? These Are Relatively Newly Purchased Equipment And I Hate To Think They Are Obsolite This Quickly. If The Panny Doesn't Do It Will Any Other Machine Work Better?
If your Rotel has HDMI 1.1 or analog inputs, you will get the best audio possible.
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:08 AM   #12
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Hello,

Is the DMP-BD55 region specific i.e. will it only play DVD's from 1 zone? I own DVD's from multiple regions and wondered if the Blu Ray disc player will play all regions or do I need to enter a special code?

What are your experiences as owners of this player?

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Old 10-25-2008, 10:29 AM   #13
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My Region A BD50 player (basically this model's first cousin) will only play Region 1 DVDs (and Region 0, of course).

I have an excellent upscaling region-free DVD player for my SD needs, so in my case this is not an issue. The BD50 is an excellent Blu-ray player that has given me no problems with any BD I've thrown at it, and I couldn't be a happier customer. The 55 should be just as solid.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:42 PM   #14
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Is the DMP-BD55 region specific i.e. will it only play DVD's from 1 zone? I own DVD's from multiple regions and wondered if the Blu Ray disc player will play all regions or do I need to enter a special code?
Yes, all current BD-players are region specific for both DVD and BD, unfortunately (except for one LG workaround). However, most players can be modified to make them region-free, but this has to be done in the hardware usually (also, because then you can still update the player with new firmware that won't change your region-free capabilities). The Panasonic's and Sony's seem to be the best to modify (not only for the BD part, but also for the DVD part) and also the easiest.

That is why companies like www.BlurayMods.com not only offer ModKits for many players, but also complete modified BD30's and BD50's. I received a reply from them that of all new BD-players (BD35, BD55 and Sony 350, 550), they will start offering a modification for the BD55 first. They also informed me that it will be available before Christmas. Check their website regularly, I would say
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:39 PM   #15
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Am I correct assuming that when BD secondary audio is set to off and the PCM option is on for HDMI audio, all tracks will be output as 7.1 regardless of being 5.1 or 7.1?

I just got my BD55 unit and that's how I interpret it from the manual. Please advise me how to get the lossless audio converted to PCM from the unit using the audio settings
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I received a reply from them that of all new BD-players (BD35, BD55 and Sony 350, 550), they will start offering a modification for the BD55 first. They also informed me that it will be available before Christmas. Check their website regularly, I would say
Did they give you any indication of price for the modded BD55?
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:14 AM   #17
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Okay I got the Panny55 tonight and hooked it up. Setup I needed to use the analog outs and PCM as my old Denon won't decode the high def signal. So I put in a SD DVD and it works fine. MY problem is when I put in a BLU-Ray I only get sound....what would be the reason for this?
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:05 PM   #18
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Did they give you any indication of price for the modded BD55?
No, sorry, they only responded to my question for the ModKit.

However, their website indicates that the ModKit for the BD30/BD50 costs 69 Euro for the EU-version and 79 for the US-version (which includes an upgrade disc). If you add the 19 Euro worldwide shipping to that, this comes down to 88 Euro or 98 Euro (about $110 and $122 respectively). Since these Panasonic's seem the easiest to modify (according to them), you can put the chip in yourself or have it done at your local HiFi-store.

I can only guess (and hope) that the price of the modified BD55 will be about 100 Euro less then the BD50 that is listed on their website currently, which would be a little over 500 Euro plus shipping (incl. tax, if you live in Europe).
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:11 PM   #19
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As for the posts regarding weak LFE when using the multichannel inputs, you have to compensate for that by increasing the subwoofer level on your receiver.

When I got my Samsung 1400, my LFE had to be boosted to +7 dB to get the bass to where I wanted it. When I got the BD55, I increased it to +8. If you did not do this and had your reciever at +0, it would sound very weak.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #20
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Default DTS-HD MA 'Essential'

The BD55 'only' decodes a downgraded version (if I may put it like that) of DTS-HD MA, being the new 'DTS-HD MA Essential'. I have read that the new version can't do the 96/24, NEO, DTS-ES or DTS-ES-matrixed versions

My question is, has anybody of you tried the LOTR extended versions (with DTS-ES 6.1)? If so, and if you tried to output both the decoded and bitstream audio via HDMI respectively, what did your receiver tell you it received in these two cases?

Thanks!

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