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Panasonic DMP-BD85K Blu-Ray player Official Master/Owner's thread

Someone posted elsewhere they had seen it at their local Best Buy in Seattle. I guess it will not be long before it starts showing up in other locations.

Here is a link for some info on this player:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...702#tabsection
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Any opinions on this player?
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There are a few responses in the Panasonic 65 thread about the 85

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They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.
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Anyone know what crossover options you have when selecting small speakers using the analog outputs? Is the new Panasonic still locked at 100Hz? Thanks.

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Best Buy is asking $50 over MSRP for this player. Another reason why BB sucks.
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I just bought one from Vanns through Amazon. Free shipping and a good price.

Since I don't see an official thread yet, I'll ask here. I hooked it up last night and Netflix does work. Some earlier buyers said it did not. I am having issues with HDMI not working with a DVI adapter. I also don't see some of the adjustment features on the 7.1 analog output. I don't see where to adjust the speaker size, just the level and the delay. Also, the test function on the speakers does not check the subwoofer. Of course, the manual is a bit vague as is usually the case nowadays.
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Does anyone know if this will connect to a wireless g network? On the product
description it only refers to n. Thanks.

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Does anyone know if this will connect to a wireless g network? On the product
description it only refers to n. Thanks.

Just picked up the Panasonic DMP-BD85 about 5 hours ago and yes, you can connect to a "g" network. Mine is connected to an older Netgear WGT624, g, WPA-PSK and works great.

I'll be honest, I'm a little disappointed with the Netflix interface. I'm comparing this to an Insignia NS-BRDVD3 that I also have and I like being able to browse through different "categories" or "tabs" as well as the Instant Queue where the Panasonic DMP-BD85 only lets you look at your Instant Queue.

For the money it's hard to beat the Insignia NS-BRDVD3 but I bought the Panasonic DMP-BD85 because I wanted to try the wireless option and see if picture quality was any better.

Is it worth ~$200 to have wireless?, probably not. I know I could buy a cheaper "access point alternative" for the Insignia NS-BRDVD3 and I may still do that.

Blu-Ray playback quality is really close with DVD upconverion going to the Panasonic DMP-BD85.

Sound quality over HDMI to my Home Theater is too close to call.

That's about it for now...
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Great, thanks for the quick reply. If I could easily hook up with a wire I would, but it would require
moving my modem and router to the main tv room which isn't really expedient at the moment.
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BTW, has anyone else noticed the huge price drop on this thing at Amazon?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

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Anybody useing the analog outputs? how does it sound VS. the oppo 80?
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Have any of you 85 owners noticed the fluctuating brightness on dvds?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post18263317
Pretty pronounced on the 65.
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Ive been impressed with mine so far. Nice solid build, great picture with bd, & dvds also look great.
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Makes me wonder if there will be a Netflix upgrade. The PS3 and Xbox both let you view other categories as well. This would seem to be an easy enough fix.

I am also looking forward to hearing peoples thoughts on the analog output performance and setup experience.

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Just brought an 85K home after returning the LG which had issues as a BD player. I liked the Netflix interface on the LG better
so I agree it would be nice if they'd update it on the Panny, but the BD performance so far seems far superior.
Does anybody think there's a chance this thing will get VUDU any time soon? I really liked that on the LG!

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Does anyone know if BBC Life,UK edition is playable on Panasonic DMP-BD65/85?
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Anyone know how this bluray player compares to the Sony S-360 or N-460?

I have used the Sony S-360 and it just works well. But I like the features of this panasonic much better.
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Just brought an 85K home after returning the LG which had issues as a BD player. I liked the Netflix interface on the LG better
so I agree it would be nice if they'd update it on the Panny, but the BD performance so far seems far superior.
Does anybody think there's a chance this thing will get VUDU any time soon? I really liked that on the LG!

I would say a big no to that considering that on the Vudu web they have about half dozen CE companies that support them and panny is not one of them. They are Samsung, Vizio, Toshiba, sharp, mitsubishi and sanyo in addition to the before mentioned lLG. The Vizio LCD have Vudu now as do the some Samsung and Mitsubushi tv's( lcd, plasma and DLP).

The Sammy bd-c5500/6500/6900/7500 will have Vudu in March.

Not sure when vizio or Toshiba will have it out.

Edit: The samsungs seemed to have some issues with wireless networks at this time, but the Blu-ray playing is apparently very good and the load times are faster than the 3600, which was already the fastest blu-ray player around.
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I have not used VUDU or Amazon video on demand yet. But from what I see on the web site. It looks like since they are both the same price you might as well just use amazon video on demand.

Anyone else have any insight as to why VUDU may be better?
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makes me wonder if there will be a netflix upgrade. The ps3 and xbox both let you view other categories as well. This would seem to be an easy enough fix.

I am also looking forward to hearing peoples thoughts on the analog output performance and setup experience.

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Edit: The samsungs seemed to have some issues with wireless networks at this time, but the Blu-ray playing is apparently very good and the load times are faster than the 3600, which was already the fastest blu-ray player around.

What machine are you talking about above? Is it the LG or the Panny 85?

Thanks...

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What machine are you talking about above? Is it the LG or the Panny 85?

Thanks...

Samsung new blu-rays.
According to Atye:
The LG's had bad blu-ray, and the panny had bad streaming.
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Samsung new blu-rays.
According to Atye:
The LG's had bad blu-ray, and the panny had bad streaming.

OK - so if streaming wirelessly isn't as important, then the Panny 85 seems to be the better BD player... Thanks.

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I have not used VUDU or Amazon video on demand yet. But from what I see on the web site. It looks like since they are both the same price you might as well just use amazon video on demand.

Anyone else have any insight as to why VUDU may be better?

I used Vudu on the LG player one night, then returned the player for the BD85 and watched an Amazon VOD movie the next night.
Vudu image quality was way better, and there was virtually no problem whatsoever with the stream on the LG.
Amazon over the Panasonic cannot keep an hd image when streaming over wireless. I think this is mostly due to the
inferior wireless capability of the Panny, but it might also be that Amazon's streaming technology is not as good as Vudu's.

Netflix stability suffers a bit with the Panny as well, but for the most part has been ok. Not a deal breaker. Since I don't know how
often we'll want to use VOD anyway, I'm thinking we might just keep the 85. The BD playback is really good compared with the LG.

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I would say a big no to that considering that on the Vudu web they have about half dozen CE companies that support them and panny is not one of them. They are Samsung, Vizio, Toshiba, sharp, mitsubishi and sanyo in addition to the before mentioned lLG. The Vizio LCD have Vudu now as do the some Samsung and Mitsubushi tv's( lcd, plasma and DLP).

The Sammy bd-c5500/6500/6900/7500 will have Vudu in March.

Not sure when vizio or Toshiba will have it out.

Edit: The samsungs seemed to have some issues with wireless networks at this time, but the Blu-ray playing is apparently very good and the load times are faster than the 3600, which was already the fastest blu-ray player around.

I might agree with you, except Wal-Mart now owns Vudu. I would expect if Panasonic wants to continue it's relationship
with Wal-Mart they're probably going to have to implement Vudu on it's products. I only hope they add the app via update to existing players too.

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OK - so if streaming wirelessly isn't as important, then the Panny 85 seems to be the better BD player... Thanks.

That has been my experience. YMMV.

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Did you try streaming these services while connected with an ethernet cable? Just curious if that makes a difference. I guess one thing to consider also is if VUDU will have the same issues once it builds a larger customer base.

Also are you able to play different video formats such as Divx via the SD card or USB port? Example connect a USB hard drive with Divx files.
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BTW, I just replaced my wireless g router with wireless n. It's made a very noticeable difference in speed on
my computers, but not too noticeable on the BD85. Is it possible the player is still connecting even to my new router over 802.11g?
I've gone into the settings and reset to factory defaults, but I can't seem to find any reference to connection speed.
I see the signal strength is full (5 bars) but that's not a speed indicator.

How can I check to see what standard the player is using to connect?
Does a device like this just automatically select the maximum available?

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Did you try streaming these services while connected with an ethernet cable? Just curious if that makes a difference. I guess one thing to consider also is if VUDU will have the same issues once it builds a larger customer base.

Also are you able to play different video formats such as Divx via the SD card or USB port? Example connect a USB hard drive with Divx files.

I did try using a cable, and it was a lot better. Strangely though, it still wasn't quite as stable as Vudu over wireless.
I don't have any Divx files to try. If you point me in the direction where I can get a free one I'll give it a try!

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this should do it.

http://www.divx.com/en/electronics/s...us-hd-showcase

You can download Divx Trailers in SD and HD. I'm curious to see how well this plays the Divx HD

I think I read that the Panasonic 85 only uses 802.11 G and not N which would make sence.

Another question since you are in Carmel, IN are you using AT&T DSL or Brighthouse? I just happen to live in Nora just south of you.
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