Hello, I have read back 10 pages or so and would just like to clarify a couple questions I have. It's very hard to read through all the questions about analog audio and frequently I'm unsure which of the two players is being discussed, so forgive me if I just post my questions here.
First of all, I have a Sony BDP-S350 on my small TV in a secondary room and LOVE it. However, the lack of frame advance/slow mo and DTS HD Master decoding means that I am still searching for a "better" player for my home theater (which currently has a Sony BDP-S1).
(1) I have heard that the BD55 will allow me to set it up to output PCM over HDMI to my Denon 3808 receiver and enable secondary audio, and it will mix the lossless DTS HD Master audio with the secondary track automatically (no setup changes neccessary). Can someone confirm this is true? My goal is to "set it and forget it", but still be able to decode all lossless tracks and secondary audio without any setup changes. I wanted the Sony S550 for this, but it appears that you still have to switch off the secondary audio in the menus for that player to output DTS HD M as PCM. I'm worried I will always forget to turn secondary audio back off after using it and end up listening to the compressed soundtracks.
(2) I have read here several times that the BD35 and BD55 are identical in audio support (other than analog outputs). If this is so, does that mean (1) will be true for the BD35 as well?
(3) The first reviews of the BD35 I saw seemed to indicate that DVD upconversion was no better than the BD30 (in other words, not too good). A recent review of the BD55 I read seemed to indicate that its' DVD upconversion was excellent, as well as several posts here. So what's the verdict... is the upconversion between the two units any differant? This seems like the one thing I might prefer the BD55 for, as I have no use for analog outs, DIVX support, or "cute feet".
(4) How is the frame advance/slow motion? I have heard it's not that great, but haven't found any specific comments about what's wrong with it (anything is better than the new Sonys, of course).
(5) I really like the display feature on the BDP-S350. What is "missing" on the Panasonics in comparison? Are there any pictures somewhere of the display function on the Panasonics?
(6) Another thing on the S350 I really like is the setup menus. Very fast and clear. How do the Panasonic setup menus look? Any pictures?
Thanks a million for any answers someone can provide...