Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
Pros: Sleek, modern styling; Sturdy Construction; Built-in Wi-Fi; Analog/Digital connections; Fast load time
Cons: Touchpad can be annoying after a while; Wi-Fi connection slower than my 40GB PS3
BluRay: 4.5 (due to my issues with dual HDMI config)
- Slightly improved vs 40GB PS3. It was nice to see something other than Linear PCM go across my AVR's screen.
- Note: Had audio issues with dual HDMI configuration. Don't know what was going on, but audio was going in and out at odd times.
- Played Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars cds and noticed great clarity and depth in the music. Only CD I've tested so far.
Picture Quality: 5.0
- Noticed slight improvements from my 40GB PS3 as far as shadow detail. Great picture.
- Speed: Definitely slower than my PS3 to get started. But no hiccups once it got going.
- Netflix: Great picture and improved from PS3.
- Pandora: No hiccups at all.
- Easy to navigate and very customizable.
- Can create multiple profiles for player.(no value for me)
Build Quality: 4.5 (when compared to an Oppo)
- Brushed aluminum chassis.
- Mirrored-plastic flip down front that looks really slick.
- Player has some weight to it, compared to the lower end models.
Hope this helps when looking into this player. I am having a blast learning new things with it. Trying to learn how to use the Wi-Fi Direct feature to stream music to it.
Pros: Sleek, compact, quiet and cool to the touch.
Cons: Remote Control touch pad is too sensitive at the lowest settings.
I'm blown away at the image levels I see from my blu-rays and it filters out the noise from older DVD's with very incredible up-scaling quality. The audio quality is exceptional too which I've tested it without my pre-amp. And updating the firmware is so easy, a caveman can do it. LOL! No pun intended. I've watched Thor and Toy Story 3 in 7.1 and the quality is beyond superb. I've also watched the very older original versions of the black & white Frankenstein and Dracula movies on DVD's with no noise whatsoever. And the BD Live feature responds very quickly too. I use a 64 gig SDXC card for that feature. Probably overkill for my needs.
Don't let the small, slim and very light size full you. Most people will tell you that if it isn't heavy, it's poorly made. Though not in this case. Panasonic really has a winner here with an incredible price. After using it hard for eight plus hours of heavy movie viewing, the unit stays very cool. Maybe just a very light warmness to the outer top shell. The processor is very fast and must be of a small die size to produce very little heat which is perfect for those who may have heat issues or concerns in closed cabinets.
I gave this unit a 4.5 gold star rating instead of a 5 star rating cause of the touch pad on the remote though the menu system and setup are very easy to do and everything else seems to be perfect.
Good job Panasonic on a great product!
Pros: Fast loading... lightning fast compared to Sony, solid networking capabilities, great picture and sound quality
Cons: Software is somewhat clunkily designed, can't adjust some system options easliy without ejecting the disc.
The menu layout leaves something to be desired. For some reason, some of the system settings seem to only be easily accessible when a disc is not present. There is sometimes a pop up menu that appears that SEEMS like it should be navigated by the touch pad but doesn't respond at all to any commands... The manual is a bit obtuse with regard to this pop up menu so I still haven't figured out how to get it off the screen when it occasionally appears... removing the disc and reinserting it usually clears the issue (but still...)
FYI, so far there has been only ONE occasion where this player would not play a disc when another would... the opposite has happened more frequently.
The track pad on the remote is kind of a joke and pretty useless... I set my player up to respond to a Logitech universal remote anyway, which actually controls the unit a bit better.
Netflix playback apparently was an issue in the past with this player but firmware seems to have ironed out the kinks with that... I really DO appreciate how often Panasonic releases new firmware and the player itself lets you know fairly unobtrusively when firmware is available.
Hooking up an external USB drive is pretty simple and plays back quite a range of formats... which is a really nice bonus. (though I have run into the inability to access subtitles issue that others have spoken of as well on USB. I consider the fact I can play ANYTHING other than Blu Ray kind of a bonus so I don't knock the player much for that particular hiccup... I use an Apple TV with Beamer software to do this most of the time anyway mainly because the software is easier to navigate.
I don't use the 3D function so I can't speak of that feature.
Overall, this is the best player I've owned so far and is priced REALLY reasonably for all the features and the quality... (now if only they could bribe Apple to design their menu...)
Those around me, and I, require subtitles because we can't follow the english language fast enough..
I paid plenty for this in local currency (Croatian Kuna), so this is very disappointing.
Saying all that, I am open to a solution, although I have searched so far without luck.
|Feature||New Slim and Compact Design Twin HDMI Output for Video and Audio Premium Sound Capable 3D Blu-ray Disc Player 2D to 3D Conversion for VIERA Connect3 Premium Audio Player Design|
|Item Height||5.2 inches|
|Item Length||14.3 inches|
|Item Width||20.1 inches|
|Package Height||5.2 inches|
|Package Length||20 inches|
|Package Weight||9.3 pounds|
|Package Width||14.4 inches|
|Title||Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player|
|UPCList - UPCListElement||885170071445|
|Item Weight||3.3 pounds|
|CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement||DMP-BDT500|