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Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player

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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

Audio Quality: 4.5
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.
CD: 5.0
- 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.

Streaming: 4.0
- 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.

GUI: 5.0
- 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.

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Pros: Sleek, compact, quiet and cool to the touch.

Cons: Remote Control touch pad is too sensitive at the lowest settings.

This unit does provide 3D and streaming capabilities which work great. I only use the Youtube feature on it when streaming and it works great and fast and I have it hard wired hooked-up through my router. I do recommend getting a wireless keyboard/mouse if you want to do any internet searches with it which is easier to do instead of using the remote. I hooked this unit straight into my pre-amp with a HDMI cable and set my pre-amp to it's through feature to let the BD player handle all the video filtering. The aspect ratio is very easy to setup along with the setup menus. Very user friendly. All the features on the remote are easy to use except for the touch pad which on it's lowest sensitivity setting, it still makes the unit very hard to use. The player loads up discs very quickly. You just load a disc and press play and the unit takes about 5 seconds or less to load up. Though the very few buttons on the top front are very sensitive to use. You barely need to touch them to turn the player on/off, open/close, play and stop.

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!smile.gif

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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.

Blu Ray is FAR more enjoyable with this unit than with the Sony BDPS-350 it replaced. Discs on this machine load FAST!!!! My main complaint is about the software. Before complaining, however Panasonic has been pretty consistent about releasing new firmware to address issues along the way and the firmware update is relatively painless when the player is networked.

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...)

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I feel 'ripped-off' because the device won't play subtitles (.srt) off usb.

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.

JosipB
Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
Description:

Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray Disc players focus on smart home networking, high-quality picture and sound, ease-of-use, eco-efficiency, and sleek design. The BDT-500 is a Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player that features expanded VIERA Connect functionaliy, Full HD 2D-3D playback, FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) compatibility, and superior sound and image quality. It includes high grade audio parts -- gold plated terminals, high grade electric capacitor, and an insulator to reproduce audio content that is faithful to the original. It provides for 7.1 channel output and includes twin HDMI outputs, allowing one to be dedicated for audio output. This allows for less interference with the video signal and also makes the BDT-500 compatible with legacy amplifiers. VIERA Connect -- More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service Panasonic’s IPTV platform VIERA Connect, now under the Smart VIERA umbrella, has been expanded for 2012 Blu-ray  products and now utilizes cloud technology to present an unlimited number of entertainment, social networking, gaming, health & fitness, sports & news sites. Learn more about the world of Smart VIERA and VIERA Connect here. Enhance your Blu-ray Experience with Popular AppsEnjoy sites such as Skype, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, You Tube, huluplus, CinemaNow, Vudu, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, My space, and Flixster. With 2012 models, you have access to a wide variety of Internet content from the comfort of your living room. Clicker - Video on Demand Cross SearchingFind your favorite movies and video content easily with one-step searching, which allows you to cross search from multiple VOD services. For ease-of-use, use the quick keyword input on VIERA Connect to help retrieve your desired content faster. Customize your screen by grouping commonly used apps and displaying them on the screen for easier use. Communicate with Family and FriendsThe social networking TV app allows you to access social network sites and communicate with your loved ones while simultaneously watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. Record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase Awesome Picture Quality with 24p Output for VOD The BDT500 not only plays Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, but also video-on-demand movies content in the same 24p format as used at movie theaters. Connection to a 24p capable TV via an HDMI capable lets you enjoy a wide array of content with full cinematic picture quality. This feature requires a TV that supports 24p playback.* Great Sound with the UniPhier Chip Processor This Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player features UniPhier single chip signal processing that eliminates unnecessary wiring, resulting in reducing noise on the picture and sound signal to the absolute minimum. The DVD Super Resolution Processor helps produce natural pictures with no false contours, higher resolution for details, and a reduction in noise. Connectivity The entire 2012 line features DLNA for easy connection to other DLNA equipped products. Share and enjoy digital photos (JPEG), music (MP3, WMA) and videos (AVCHD, WMV) by simply connecting to a home network (LAN).  VIERA Link provides connectivity to other VIERA Link compatible products and NAS compatibility. The BDT500 has a Wi-Fi system built right into the main unit so you can enjoy VIERA Connect and BD-Live content without having to connect with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adaptor. Players are also compatible with the NTFS format HDD. Adaptive Chroma Processing Adaptive Chroma Processing is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of Blu-ray Disc video signals in the vertical and horizontal directions to produce extremely high color resolution and beautiful edges. Personalization To personalize the home theater experience, the new multi-user mode on the BBT01 allows you to register four users and each can record individual favorite settings. You can select a personal icon from 16 pre-installed images, or photos from an external source. You also have the option to customize the home screen with any image you choose. Features like the home screen customization as well as enhancement of VIERA Connect allow you to easily personalize your entertainment experience to fit your lifestyle. Download the exclusive Panasonic app and you’ll also be able to use your iPhone or Android smartphone as a remote control for your BDT500. The BDT500 also comes with a new remote control that has a touch pad for intuitive operation and easy navigation through the GUI on the screen. Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback The advanced 2D technologies of the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory have also been applied to 3D image playback, providing high quality images. 2D-3D conversion enables conversion of 2D images on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D images with natural depth perception. Screen type (flat or round) and frame color are easily selectable. Watch your favorite DVD movie collection in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment.  Energy Star Qualified Panasonic is always working to improve its technology, design, and commitment to the environment. Attractive compact designs and energy-saving functions help Panasonic Blu-ray Disc products protect the environment by effectively conserving limited natural resources. All 2012 models are Energy Star Qualified. 2012 Panasonic VIERA Blu-ray Disc Player Comparison Chart Series DMP-BBT01 DMP-BDT500 DMP-BDT320 DMP-BDT220 DMP-BD87 DMP-BD77 Wi-Fi Capability Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready Dolby True HD DTS Master Audio Essential DLNA Capability (via LAN) FLAC Compatibility External HDD Playback Multi-User Mode Fast Booting & Loading Ultra Ultra Energy Star Qualified Full HD Playback 3D HD 3D HD 3D HD 3D HD 2D-3D Conversion Adapative Chroma Processing 24p Output for VOD Smartphone Function Capability VIERA Connect VIERA Link Skype Communication* SD Memory Card Slot Touch Pad Remote Control Slot-in Drive Lay-out Free Design Smart Eco Sensor Analog Audio 7.1 Channel Output Twin HDMI Online Movies/IP VOD

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BrandPanasonic
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FeatureNew 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 Height5.2 inches
Item Length14.3 inches
Item Width20.1 inches
LabelPanasonic
ManufacturerPanasonic
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Package Height5.2 inches
Package Length20 inches
Package Weight9.3 pounds
Package Width14.4 inches
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PublisherPanasonic
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TitlePanasonic DMP-BDT500 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
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