Originally Posted by biodegraded
Thought I'd report my not-so-hot BD35 experience. I didn't read the whole thread (~3000 posts!), but at least one other person, wyliec2, seems to have had the same problem. Here's the description I sent with a request for an RA# to send it back.
Here are the relevant devices involved, all of which were purchased new within the past three weeks:
Panasonic DMP-BD35K blu-ray player
Onkyo TX-SR805 AVR
Samsung LN52A650 LCD TV
The devices are connected via HDMI, player to AVR and AVR to TV. The problem is sporadic screen flashes while at the player’s splash screen and when playing back standard definition discs. Bafflingly, there is no flashing when a blu-ray disc is playing.
I did the following tests:
...Swapped HDMI cables between player to AVR and AVR to TV. I have five 1.3b cat2 cables from two different manufacturers. The screen flashes with any combination of cable swaps.
...Hooked the player to all of the AVR’s HDMI inputs. All flash.
…Updated the player’s firmware to v1.5, the most recent released (player came with rev 1.1). Still flashes. The AVR came with the vendor’s most recent firmware, v1.08.
...Hooked an Xbox 360 with HDMI to the AVR. No flashes.
...Hooked a laptop computer with HDMI to the AVR. No flashes.
...Hooked component video (not HDMI) and optical audio from player to AVR. No flashes.
…Also of note is that the flashing gets much worse as the player warms up from playing a disc. The unit has completely unrestricted airflow for heat dissipation.
The tests indicate HDMI packet dropping between the blu-ray player and the AVR. I don’t have any other HDMI devices to source with to further test the Onkyo AVR. I don’t have another HDMI capable A/V receiver to further test the Panasonic player. I think it’s fairly conclusive, however, that something is wrong with the player.