Originally Posted by tacos and pizza
I received the DMP-BD-55K from C.C. and I thought I would go over the video side of it for those that might be interested.. I can't do the audio, my gear is another home down in Florida.
My Panny has a manufacture date of September 2008 and was made in China. The player itself looks Ok and is not all that impressive looking.. Smaller and lighter than I thought it would be, but a little larger than the up-converting DVD players that are being sold today. I'm not sure I like the inch long blue light in the middle of the player that illuminates when playing a disc, but the player is low enough in my cabinet that it does not bother me when watching a movie.
For those considering the Sony BDP-S550, the Panny remote is not backlit but does provide single frame advance (Pause, then slow search frame by frame).
The remote commands respond quickly.. Navigation through the setup menu functions are also quick and responsive. The remote buttons are not tiny and I would say they are of the perfect size. The disc tray can be opened or closed via the remote.
I thought the Operating Instructions manual was pretty well laid out and covered everything including audio, SD Card, DivX, MP3, JPEG, etc A little note concerning the SD card.. You need an SDHC card if it's 4GB to 32GB in size. The player can reformat the SD/SDHC card if you wish.
Having an Ethernet port to check for firmware upgrades is really nice and a time saver as well. My Panny checked and I did not require an update.
The BD-55K is connected to my Pioneer Kuro 5020FD via HDMI.
I watched five Blu-ray movies at the following setting.. 1080p, 24p, 36 bit. The movies along with their load times were;
Mummy - 35 seconds (from close tray via remote to the start of the movie menu)
The Mummy Returns - 34 seconds (from close tray via remote to the start of the movie menu)
Die Hard - 43 seconds (from close tray via remote to the start of the movie menu)
Die Hard with a Vengeance - 40 seconds (from close tray via remote to the start of the movie menu)
Night at the Museum - 18 seconds (from close tray via remote to the start of the movie menu)
The playback of the Blu-Ray movies by the Panny was simply awesome The detail and colors were fantastic. I noticed no smearing or bleeding.. The detail, the smallest of details is played back in such a way you feel you are right there in the movie.. The colors were spot on. As you probably have already assumed. I was very, very impressed.. The player provides adjustment for contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, gamma, 3D Noise Reduction and Integrated Noise Reduction.. I did not need to play with any of them or with any of the Pioneer settings. One very nice thing.. I experienced no playback issues whatsoever.. The Panny had no problems with any of the disc's I played. There were no lock-up's, lip sync issues or problems with skipping chapters or pause/play issues at all.
The Standard definition movies I watched were;
The Bourne Ultimatum - 19 seconds
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 18 seconds
Disney Pixar Cars - 20 seconds
The PQ / playback of the standard DVD's is very important to me as I'm sure to many others as well. Let me start with that my cable provider here in Maine is Time Warner Cable The Panny playback of SD disc's exceeds the PQ of my non-high definition cable stations. The standard DVD PQ also exceeds my kids PS3 and a Pioneer DV-410V-K Upscaling DVD Player. Where I'm torn is if I think the standard disc PQ is better than my Pioneer BDP-05FD. At worse it may be a tie, but my wife and I are leaning towards the Panny right now.
I can't tell you how happy I am that I have finally found a player that plays both Blu-ray and standard DVD's to my high expectations and liking with no hassles. I was seriously considering buying a Denon or Oppo as my second player for our standard DVD's Not any more. Oh, the audio that is being pumped from the Panny to the Pioneer 5020 sounds pretty darn good too.