Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Finally got my BD-50 set up this afternoon. Hookup was a snap. I don't have it connected to the internet. I just wanted a good stand alone player. I'm using the 5.1 analog outputs into an Anthem AVM 30 and HDMI straight into my 61" DLP. First impressions is that it is faster in loading Blu Ray's than my Panny BD-10A. It is also quicker in responding to menu navigation on Blu Ray's than the BD-10A did. My 10A has been moved to my bedroom where it matches well with my 32" 1080p LCD.
PQ looks great. Didn't do a A/B comparison against the 10A, but the BD-50 does look a little sharper IMHO. AQ is incredible. Like my previous post stated, my first DTS HD MA title to check out was Live Free or Die Hard. On my BD-10A, I was only able to hear the DTS 'core' track which sounded really good. With the BD-50 and full DTS HD MA, WOW!!!!!!! This soundtrack plain and simple, just kicks you in the ASS!!!!!! Surrounds come alive and there is detail everywhere.
I for one don't have a LFE issue. With my AVM 30 doing all the bass management the BD-50 is rocking.
For any owners of pre/pros or receivers that are able to handle bass management via their analog inputs and don't have HDMI, don't walk, RUN to your dealer and get the BD-50. It is the player to get. Totally impressed with the BD-50. Well done Panasonic.
Cheers from the Great White North.
My gear: ANTHEM AVM50v, STATEMENT A5 - ARCAM DV139, CD17 - PANASONIC 65VT30 (THX Calibrated) - SONY BDP-S5000ES - PANAMAX 5500EX - M&K V1250THX sub - TANNOY EYRIS DC3, DCC, DC1 - AUDIOQUEST Cables - SHUNYATA RESEARCH Power cords - HARMONY One - PRIMACOUSTIC Recoil Stabilizers