Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Melbourne Australia
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My DMP-BD65 is about one week old and my second Blu-ray experience after a Sony PS3.
Both players were "bonus" offers from Sony and Panasonic in conjunction with Tele purchases, so the following is not a huge issue with me, but would appreciate if anyone has found the same.
After a few days of testing, I've concluded that the PS3 in terms of general picture quality is far better than the 65 both for Blu-rays and DVD's.
I've tested into a 46" Bravia and a 50" Pana Plasma and also into my Norwegian "Action" Projector.
The first thing I noticed with the 65 was that blacks are not as good as with the PS3.
Without any adjustment in the Picture "user" mode or any of the picture presets, there appears to be a few percent pedestal or set-up in the black region, attempting to re-adjust the brightness in user mode makes little all difference to this situation.
The picture is quite HD crisp for both Blu-ray and upconversion of DVD in this respect, but I really think the grey-scale in this baby is not linear.
For normal DVD's my old Pioneer DV-989AVi (DV-79AVi Elite in USA) absolutely eats this 65 for picture quality in general!
As these machines are now about 6 years old I would have expected better from the "65" newy, or is it just that the Panny is really a budget player and as it was a bonus, I should be looking for something better?