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post #14611 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

I went into the settings on 5th element and selected DOlby TrueHD. I tried PURE and DIRECT mode on the AVR all to no avail. REceiver is set to receive HDMI audio. I am hoping it is only a setting that is off. I have read both manuals and tried all sorts of setting combinations. Only cables are the power cord and HDMI cable which I have switched out with two others. They are hi-speed hdmi cables.
You guys have been great and I appreciate all the help. Keep the suggestions coming. ONe of them is sure to be something I missed.

Have you tried a full reset and reprogramming of the unit. I had a 35 and when I first tried setting it up I could not get the advanced codecs to play on my SC-25. It was connected via HDMI. Someone suggested a full reset and that did the trick for me. I could then get the advanced codecs to work.
post #14612 of 14978
Actually I did do a full reset with no luck.
post #14613 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

Actually I did do a full reset with no luck.

I'm not familiar with your AVR, but can you do a factory reset on it? Also, what display do you have this connected to, and is it connected by HDMI? Does it have HDMI-CEC/ARC? It could be a setting in the TV. As fmalczewski suggested, try disconnecting the TV from the AVR and playing the BD.
post #14614 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

Actually I did do a full reset with no luck.

Donny,
You've told us that Dolby True HD is not being displayed, so what is being displayed?
post #14615 of 14978
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Originally Posted by Sgooter View Post

Donny,
You've told us that Dolby True HD is not being displayed, so what is being displayed?

I have disconnected the tv and done a factory restart with no luck. The avr is displaying "Dolby Digital". Pressing the status button shows Dolby Digital at 48khz as the input to the avr. The display is a Panasonic V10 from '09 so no ARC. As soon as the gf goes to bed I am going to try various sequences of turning the gear on.
post #14616 of 14978
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Originally Posted by Sgooter View Post

Another possibility: In this thread, look on page 485, post#14535 by BIslander. Essentially, in you AVR, ensure that HDMI out (to your TV) is set to Audio Off.

Please explain your last sentence, thank you.
post #14617 of 14978
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

Please explain your last sentence, thank you.

First, I'm assuming that donnymac51 is using a 5.1 - 7.1 speakers system, and does not have the TV speakers on.
Second, the referenced post by BIslander relates to the Audio Return Channel (ARC) over the AVR's HDMI cable to/from the TV, which has been reported to sometimes cause a BD player to output stereo versus multi-channel audio codecs, such as Dolby True HD: ..."TVs are two channel devices and the HDMI handshake is a common cause of unexpected stereo downmixing."
So, the test idea was to eliminate the possibility of the ARC as the source of the problem by trying 1 or 2 methods: ensure the AVR's HDMI audio out was set to off - so that no audio is sent to the TV; and/or disconnect the HDMI cable from the TV - then check the AVR display to see whether the readout changes from Dolby Digital (in this case) to Dolby True HD.
donnymac has given us a perplexing puzzle to solve, and we're proposing different settings and configurations, with the objective of eliminating various possible causes of the problem and with the hope that we will stumble upon the solution.
post #14618 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

I have disconnected the tv and done a factory restart with no luck. The avr is displaying "Dolby Digital". Pressing the status button shows Dolby Digital at 48khz as the input to the avr. The display is a Panasonic V10 from '09 so no ARC. As soon as the gf goes to bed I am going to try various sequences of turning the gear on.

Based on everything we've tried so far, the only thing that would seem to be the singular problem source is that the BD player is set to Secondary Audio - On, instead of Off, but I know you have confirmed previously that it's set to Off.
post #14619 of 14978
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Originally Posted by Sgooter View Post

Based on everything we've tried so far, the only thing that would seem to be the singular problem source is that the BD player is set to Secondary Audio - On, instead of Off, but I know you have confirmed previously that it's set to Off.

yes it is definitely off. I am goiing to borrow another BD player today and see what happens. Thanks for all the help guys.
post #14620 of 14978
Swapped out my BD player and I now have TrueHD. Guess I am going shopping for a new player. Any recommendations besides the OPPO. Ihear the Panny 210 is pretty nice. Is there anything in the grapevine on what the improvements on next years models will be? I can wait if it is something signnificant.
post #14621 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

Swapped out my BD player and I now have TrueHD. Guess I am going shopping for a new player. Any recommendations besides the OPPO. Ihear the Panny 210 is pretty nice. Is there anything in the grapevine on what the improvements on next years models will be? I can wait if it is something signnificant.

I have the Panny DMP-BDT300 as it's 3D capable. Don't know if it's still for sale though?
post #14622 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

Swapped out my BD player and I now have TrueHD. Guess I am going shopping for a new player. Any recommendations besides the OPPO. Ihear the Panny 210 is pretty nice. Is there anything in the grapevine on what the improvements on next years models will be? I can wait if it is something signnificant.

Alas, the puzzle is solved! Glad to hear that world order has at least been partially restored. Funny sometimes, how solving one thing simply produces another puzzle - as in which new BD player to buy?
Fortunately, lots of good choices are out there now. Good luck!
post #14623 of 14978
Exactly how is the puzzle solved? Are you saying the player is defective? Everyone else here has TrueHD working. If it were me I would send it to Panasonics repair facility which is somewhere in the midwest, I believe, and has quick turnaround.
post #14624 of 14978
The player is confirmed to be at fault after I swapped it with a BD-85 which processed the Tru HD audio perfectly. My player plays video and normal lossy Dolby just fine. To be honest with my new AVR it sounds awesome. I may just wait until CES to see what is coming out next year. Initially I am leaning towards the BDT-210. I just don't want to get caught in the same boat as the people who bought a new AVR in '09 and had to buy another new one in'10 when they bought their 3D tvs. I hear Panasonic has a new chip on next years units.
post #14625 of 14978
Virtually all players use the same decoder chips for BD video. Likewise they all decode HD Audio the same as per Dolby and DTS license or send the same bitstream. If you are saying you want 3D (it's not clear to me) that is another matter.
post #14626 of 14978
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Originally Posted by donnymac51 View Post

The player is confirmed to be at fault after I swapped it with a BD-85 which processed the Tru HD audio perfectly. My player plays video and normal lossy Dolby just fine. To be honest with my new AVR it sounds awesome. I may just wait until CES to see what is coming out next year. Initially I am leaning towards the BDT-210. I just don't want to get caught in the same boat as the people who bought a new AVR in '09 and had to buy another new one in'10 when they bought their 3D tvs. I hear Panasonic has a new chip on next years units.

Go for the 210 it is a nice unit and way faster loading than the 85.
post #14627 of 14978
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Originally Posted by Sgooter View Post

First, I'm assuming that donnymac51 is using a 5.1 - 7.1 speakers system, and does not have the TV speakers on.
Second, the referenced post by BIslander relates to the Audio Return Channel (ARC) over the AVR's HDMI cable to/from the TV, which has been reported to sometimes cause a BD player to output stereo versus multi-channel audio codecs, such as Dolby True HD: ..."TVs are two channel devices and the HDMI handshake is a common cause of unexpected stereo downmixing."
So, the test idea was to eliminate the possibility of the ARC as the source of the problem by trying 1 or 2 methods: ensure the AVR's HDMI audio out was set to off - so that no audio is sent to the TV; and/or disconnect the HDMI cable from the TV - then check the AVR display to see whether the readout changes from Dolby Digital (in this case) to Dolby True HD.
donnymac has given us a perplexing puzzle to solve, and we're proposing different settings and configurations, with the objective of eliminating various possible causes of the problem and with the hope that we will stumble upon the solution.

With ALL due respect if that fishing expedition works for you then so be it.
Thanks
post #14628 of 14978
Long time, since I was last here, so forgive me, if the following question is old news to others, for me it is brand new

I am still struggling with the region limitations on the BD front and so far I have not given in to buy a new player as I am still pretty happy with my BD35... But I was directed to a page that sounds promising:

http://www.*****************/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=188

Has anyone made experiences with this enhances firmware? Does it work as promised? And what happens with regular firware updates? Any info and tips would be very much appreciated, even if they say "better get a second player for Region A"...

Thanks in advance!
post #14629 of 14978
^Any company that refuses to disclose the price for the product or service they offer unless I disclose to them my email address, etc, doesn't sit well with me. My 2 cents.
post #14630 of 14978
Fascinating. I didn't know there were alternative firmwares available for our Panny BR players.

I haven't needed any region-free stuff for blu-rays thus far, but perhaps I'll hang onto my BD35 for a while longer than originally planned, in case I do. I intend to upgrade to an Oppo at some point, but I'm not in a hurry since I've never had a single issue with my Panny (other than the slowness inherent to an older player).
post #14631 of 14978
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Originally Posted by m. zillch View Post

^Any company that refuses to disclose the price for the product or service they offer unless I disclose to them my email address, etc, doesn't sit well with me. My 2 cents.

I agree with the comment. One thing to consider is to use a throwaway email address (gmail, etc.) for addresses which you think might get spammed. If that happens either use the filters or close the address.
post #14632 of 14978
Thanks for the replies, I was also very much in doubt about that prioce thing, that caused the question, if anyone has tested this, cos I am not brave enough to be a tester

I also was not in need of Region A playback so far, but since some good labels tend to put a code A on their discs (Anchor Bay, Criterion), it starts to bug me real good, especially since the excellent Walking Dead BD Box is cut all over Europe and the US is coded...
post #14633 of 14978
Roughale, I did a little more research on that "firmwareinfo" guy/group. There is a thread about him/them here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-r...ilable-34.html

Besides the issue I pointed out, there seems to be a lot of anxiety regarding their practice of banning any applicant, or responding with a generic "We are not accepting any new applications at this time. Have a nice day." if one doesn't instantly make a "donation" immediately upon "membership" [and that would be before one has received any actual firmware, I guess.]

I only skimmed the thread, but the impression I got was that he was banned from that forum after making similar such posts with a similar attitude and also hid behind an anonymous proxy, perhaps even generating other [fake/bogus] shill forum member posts of endorsement . Again it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and is not the kind of business model I'd feel comfortable about. There also seems to be a question of whether or not the mod will stick if you attempt to install new Panasonic updates, allowing the playback of the newest releases as they come out, or if one has to "donate" more to get yet another mod for it to work.

Blue ray players are so cheap these days, maybe it would be worth it to just buy a dedicated machine for Region "A", I'm thinking. At least you wont have to worry about having to re-donate each time new Panasonic updates come out. Over the long run that could save money.

My 2 cents.
post #14634 of 14978
I suppose you mean Blu-ray.
post #14635 of 14978
It's not my fault the industry can't spell. "Blue" is spelled with an "e".
post #14636 of 14978
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Originally Posted by m. zillch View Post

It's not my fault the industry can't spell. "Blue" is spelled with an "e".

Love is "blue" or ["blue" humor]?
post #14637 of 14978
After about 2 years of hard riding, my 35 became a Blew-ray, totally gonesville.
post #14638 of 14978
Tried to play "The Adjustment Bureau" tonight but repeatedly received the "Copyright Violation" message. I updated the firmware to v. 2.4 but this did not remedy the problem.

I opened/closed--removed the disc/reinserted--cleaned the disc-- over and over and aside from one time when it did start playing-- for just over five minutes before stopping-- it was "Copyright Violation" and the BD would not play.

My LG BD570 handled this disc without issue.

Anyone else with similar problems with this or other recent discs in their BD-35?
post #14639 of 14978
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Originally Posted by mhowie View Post

Anyone else with similar problems with this or other recent discs in their BD-35?

Not so far, never a glitch.
post #14640 of 14978
I retired my BD35 tonight too. I've been having on and off problems with video pausing/stuttering and loss of audio (I'm not talking about DTS bomb). I thought a new set of HDMI cables had solved the problem (2 weeks without an issue) but the BD35 acted up again tonight while watching 'An Affair to Remember'.

I had already purchased a BDT110 but kept it in the box the last two weeks. After the BD35 gave me problems with AATR at three different spots within the first half-hour of the movie, I opened up the box for the BDT110 and switched it for the malfunctioning BD35. The remainder of the movie played without incident.

One VERY annoying thing: The BDT110 has 6 different sets of remote codes. NONE of them are the same set of IR remote codes that the BD35 uses. So I'll have to completely reprogram all of my Blu-ray player codes on my Universal Remote.

One of the reasons I purchased the BDT110 was because it was a Panasonic player and I assumed that at least one set of the remote codes would be backwards compatible with my older BD35. Now that I know that is NOT the situation, I am considering returning the BDT110 and purchasing a different brand of Blu-ray player. Not so sure I want to put my faith in Panasonic anymore.

Mark
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