Panasonic's DMP-BD50 Blu-ray is here!
This player has been released and is being bought in the US, Canada and Europe. We need to start a new official thread for owners. The other discussion thread was more like an anticipation thread and full of all kinds of off-topic content. Owners please post your comments and lets start talking about this exciting new player that is in some of your homes!
The first stand-alone Blu-ray player released with BD-Live Profile 2.0!
It also decodes and bitstreams all HD audio formats: Dolby® Digtal Plus, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS™-High Resolution Audio, DTS™-HD Master Audio
This player follows the successful DMP-BD30 which could bitstream the HD audio formats but couldn't decode them. There are many happy owners of the BD30 and the BD50 is an improvement over that. Panasonic has a good reputation for quality. The BD50 has improved boot-up and load times which were good already on the BD30. This is one of the first stand-alone players that does it all!
Two of our forum sponsors (Visual Apex and Value Electronics) have this player listed for $599 for pre-order with a release date of July 31, 2008. A few places around the USA, Canada and Europe have a few in stock. It is here finally!
"UniPhier® Platform combines Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) Reference Chroma Processor with P4HD imaging technology to reproduce crisp, natural colors that are extremely faithful to the original movie.
-Precise Pixel Generation
-16-Level Motion Detection with Pixel-Based Motion Adaptive
-Detection of 3:2/2:2 Pull-Down Progressive Processing
-1080p Up-Conversion (HDMI Connection Required)
-HDMI v1.3 with Deep Color™ - 12-bit, 4096 Gradation Steps
-HD Audio Decoding - Dolby® Digtal Plus, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS™-HD 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Formats
-High Quality BD-ROM Sound Reproduction - High-Speed 50 Mbps Optical Output Elements and a 192 --kHz 24-bit DAC
-Audio Re-Master for All Media
-Linking With an HD Camcorder - AVCHD-Format Playback
-Compatible With x.v.Color
-Linking With a Digital Camera - JPEG Playback on SD Memory Card
-VIERA Link - Control Blu-Ray Disc™ Player with TV Remote Control (Requires Panasonic VIERA flat panel television)"