Originally Posted by MrTaxMan
Not sure where you got that information on the difference between BD-35 and 55, but it's not entirely true. You're kinda half-right. Panasonic never claimed the 55 had 'better' internal components per se... and never referred to it as 'audiophile-grade'. Please, you cause confusion when you state facts in that manner.
Some might consider 7.1 analog inputs and the extra board to handle those inputs as 'more' internal components. And if you're the type that considers analog inputs as being superior to HDMI input, THEN you might say the internal components are better. But if you never use analog inputs, then that difference is moot and the remainder of the internal components are same. A minor but critical distinction.
And they referred to the larger plastic feet
as 'audiophile-grade' -- not the unit itself. Other than those two items, the audio capabilities are same. I would imagine same goes for the 60 and 80.
Thank you for the response. If I read it correctly, any benefit would be limited to the 7.1 analog output only.
You seem to take some exception to the way I worded that particular question, so please allow me to explain myself. I'll try not to get too defensive.
I was simply trying to summarize the many articles that I've seen comparing the BD-55 to the BD-35 in an attempt to determine if that concept could be extrapolated to a comparison of the BD-60 and BD-80. As such, I paraphrased some general qualitative concepts. I apologize if I was not 100% techically accurate.
I did a quick internet search and derived my question from the following comparisson of the BD-55 to the BD-35:
"The Panasonic BD55 goes a step further with a high-end audio design and components. Thanks to a 192kHz 24bit audio digital-analog converter and high quality insulators, electrolytic capacitors, copper-foil film capacitors and ultra-low-impedance electrolytic capacitors,
the DMP-BD55 delivers the same kind of exciting surround effect and lifelike ambience as today's finest cinemas. The DMP-BD55 can also output analog signals for 7.1-channel sound, so even receivers that are not compatible with HDMI can produce the newest 7.1-channel surround sound by simply connecting to the DMP-BD55.
The source of that quote is the product description on Amazon.com, which I believed to have been taken directly from Panasonic's press release. I've seen the exact same language used on a number of other websites.
The link to the above quote is:http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMP-.../dp/B001GAOYCI
OK, I'm guilty of paraphrasing "high-end audio" as "audiophile-grade", but I did put it is quotation marks
. For simplicity's sake, I also condensed " . . . a 192kHz 24bit audio digital-analog converter and high quality insulators, electrolytic capacitors, copper-foil film capacitors and ultra-low-impedance electrolytic capacitors, . . .". I'm sorry if I over simplified in referrring to them as "internal componsnts.
Please believe me, I'm here on the forum to learn and get some answers. You are right that bad information can cause confusion. I think most manufacturers do a pretty good job at that. It is never my intent to cause confusion to others when seeking clarity for myself.
Again, I thank appreciate your response as well as the several other members who have chimed in as well. I continue to look forward to other input and opinions.