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post #331 of 928
I've got a question about my recently purchased BDT300 HDMI audio connection to my Onkyo receiver.

I just now discovered this thread and I have barely started reading through it, and unfortunately it's late and I need to get some sleep. My apologies if this question has already been raised and answered.

I hooked up the audio HDMI output to my receiver and was pleased that the receiver played audio just as I expected. However, I then played the THX Optimizer audio test for speaker placement (from the STAR WARS DVD) and I'm not getting subwoofer audio. When I noticed this oddity, I switched the disc to my PS3, played the same audio test, and got sound from my subwoofer.

Is there a setting that solves this problem?
post #332 of 928
You need to troubleshoot -- such as reseating the cable, perhaps swapping cables, try a real movie, etc.
post #333 of 928
I don't think it is product specific. I have a Samsung BD-C6900, Sammy 50" C7000, Pioneer VSX-30 and I get audio dropouts like crazy.. it drops from DTS MA to stereo and the nright back... Only on Prince of Persia. Any suggestions?
post #334 of 928
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Originally Posted by k5alj View Post

Grimson - I have had the same dropouts with the new EU remastered BD of Gladiator, and just had the same problem with Prince of Persia. The common factor is DTS HD MA, yet I had not seen the problem before.

If I "rewind" and replay the same section, I don't get the drop out in the same place.

The fact that this only started happening this week makes me wonder if it's related to the firmware level, but I need to dig out other DTS HD MA discs and see if they are now giving problems.

It's very frustrating as until now I have been 100% happy with the BT300 and VT20 combination.

Watched Prince of Persia and had this problem. About 30-40 drop outs over the entire film, made it almost unwatchable (well apart from how bad the film is). I am seriously thinking about returning this player and getting ones of the Sony players and an Onkyo 608. I am getting really annoyed with all the problems.
post #335 of 928
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Originally Posted by vader100 View Post

Watched Prince of Persia and had this problem. About 30-40 drop outs over the entire film, made it almost unwatchable (well apart from how bad the film is). I am seriously thinking about returning this player and getting ones of the Sony players and an Onkyo 608. I am getting really annoyed with all the problems.

Read the above...

It appears to be a problem with the movie and not the player...

post #336 of 928
I solved my problem last night. It was a player setting. When I changed the audio output from Bitstream to Linear PCM the THX Optimizer test went as expected. I was thrown by the fact that the audio output setting on my PS3 was Bitstream, so I figured it needed to be the same on the Panasonic. But the PS3, as I recall, does the surround decoding internally and then passes the signal directly to the receiver. I presume the Panasonic doesn't do that and passes the audio signal to the receiver so that the receiver will do the decoding. Anyway, everything is now as expected.
post #337 of 928
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Originally Posted by fxrh View Post

I solved my problem last night. It was a player setting. When I changed the audio output from Bitstream to Linear PCM the THX Optimizer test went as expected. I was thrown by the fact that the audio output setting on my PS3 was Bitstream, so I figured it needed to be the same on the Panasonic. But the PS3, as I recall, does the surround decoding internally and then passes the signal directly to the receiver. I presume the Panasonic doesn't do that and passes the audio signal to the receiver so that the receiver will do the decoding. Anyway, everything is now as expected.

Hmmmm....the receiver is supposed to handle whatever the player says it's sending. You shouldn't need to change that depending on whether you are playing BD or DVD, unless it can't handle certain codecs.
post #338 of 928
do u guys know if this player will support playing 3-D content that has BD-J? i know PS3 doesn't have that.
post #339 of 928
I'm thinking about getting the 300 for a future 3d projector upgrade, but I'm curious if I'll be able to use my existing HDMI cable run to my projector (the cable is now run inside my walls). The cable is from mono price and is a couple of years old. I can't remember if it was 1.3 or "high speed" or not.... Probably not.

I guess my question is if the cable matters for this player if it will only be handling the 3d video portion (I will be sending the 2nd hdmi port to my receiver).

Anybody know?
post #340 of 928
On the video I found I needed a 1.3a cable to get a any video output from the Panasonic primary video output. When I hooked up a cable that was labled 1.3 no video out. It could have just been that cable but the 1.3 cable worked with other sources.
post #341 of 928
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Originally Posted by JediFonger View Post

do u guys know if this player will support playing 3-D content that has BD-J? i know PS3 doesn't have that.

Yes it handles BD-J just fine.
post #342 of 928
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Originally Posted by vader100 View Post

Watched Prince of Persia and had this problem. About 30-40 drop outs over the entire film, made it almost unwatchable (well apart from how bad the film is). I am seriously thinking about returning this player and getting ones of the Sony players and an Onkyo 608. I am getting really annoyed with all the problems.

I have the BDP350 and a Denon AVR-3311CI connected with a Monoprice HDMI cable. I have updated the firmware to the latest version for both devices. I watched "Prince of Persia" last night (on Blu-Ray disc rented from Netflix) and had absolutely no audio dropouts or issues. My AVR indicated that it was playing the DTS-HD Master Audio track. For those of you experiencing issues, something must be wrong somewhere, since I have a similar setup to some of you, but without issues.
post #343 of 928
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Originally Posted by Pologuy View Post

Read the above...

It appears to be a problem with the movie and not the player...


Thanks. Assumed he was talking about the same player. Note to self:Must read posts properly

Well it may well be the movie then.
post #344 of 928
I've got a new problem. I don't have wireless and want to apply the latest firmware upgrade. (The player firmware is 1.31 at present.) I went through a half-dozen CDs trying to create a ISO9660 disc that the player would recognize. No such luck, so I called Panasonic and they sent me a CD with the latest firmware upgrade. Same thing! I always get the "this disc is not compatible" message. Has anyone tried a firmware update via CD? USB flash drive? I'm not in the market right now to go with a wireless setup just because I'd like my firmware upgrade.
post #345 of 928
Will the 350 stream 1080P content via a media server using TwonkyMedia?
post #346 of 928
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Originally Posted by fxrh View Post

I've got a new problem. I don't have wireless and want to apply the latest firmware upgrade. (The player firmware is 1.31 at present.) I went through a half-dozen CDs trying to create a ISO9660 disc that the player would recognize. No such luck, so I called Panasonic and they sent me a CD with the latest firmware upgrade. Same thing! I always get the "this disc is not compatible" message. Has anyone tried a firmware update via CD? USB flash drive? I'm not in the market right now to go with a wireless setup just because I'd like my firmware upgrade.

I am connected and the net tells me that my firmware is out of date. I didn't update right then, so out of boredom, I'll give this a shot in the next 7 or 8 hours and report back.
post #347 of 928
That was strange. 3 days ago my player said my firmware was out of date but I declined to update it right then. But yesterday, it said my version was 1.51, so I did not put in the CD I burned.
post #348 of 928
Can't read the whole thread, but I'm getting a 'can't connect to the network message' since the last fw update, but the player plays movies through netflix just fine. Is this a known issue, and are there any ways to resolve it?
post #349 of 928
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Paperboy2003 View Post

Can't read the whole thread, but I'm getting a 'can't connect to the network message' since the last fw update, but the player plays movies through netflix just fine. Is this a known issue, and are there any ways to resolve it?

Yes, I get this all the time. I'll put in one movie and get "Cannot connect to network" and then put in the next movie and the connection is just fine. I don't know what causes this but I suspect it's a bug on the 300/350 that hasn't been caught by Panasonic or hasn't been reported. It doesn't seem to make any difference as the movie will play just fine.
post #350 of 928
I watched Repo Men tonight on my 300 and had about 10 audio dropouts. I have the main HDMI out going to my Panasonic 50VT25, sub HDMI out going to my Denon AVR-3808CI. I have current firmware for the 300.
post #351 of 928
I am looking into getting the 300 player. Can you pause a movie and turn the player off. Go back and turn it on and resume play back?
post #352 of 928
As with every other player, it depends on the disc
post #353 of 928
That is what I thought someone would say and that Sucks! Thank you Java.
post #354 of 928
So, off the topic, but there are several posts in this thread regarding it, so...

Is the PS3 STILL the best blu-ray player if you are not interested in 3D?
post #355 of 928
PS3 is a great BD player, I use to own one. My personal favorite though and what I would consider the best IMHO is the Oppo BDP-83 which I also own.
post #356 of 928
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Originally Posted by Pologuy View Post

So, off the topic, but there are several posts in this thread regarding it, so...

Is the PS3 STILL the best blu-ray player if you are not interested in 3D?

I dont own a PS3 so can not comment on it too much, but i do know you will not get Dolby tru-hd and DTS-HD MA when playing a 3d bluray. Why sony left this out who knows, could be too much for the system to handle when playing full 3d.

In my opinion this is a deal breaker for me. May not be as big a deal to you but just thought you should know.
post #357 of 928
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Originally Posted by jtmcalpin View Post

I dont own a PS3 so can not comment on it too much, but i do know you will not get Dolby tru-hd and DTS-HD MA when playing a 3d bluray. Why sony left this out who knows, could be too much for the system to handle when playing full 3d.

In my opinion this is a deal breaker for me. May not be as big a deal to you but just thought you should know.

you are mistaken... the fat PS3 can play all HD audio formats, it just cannot bitstream them.
post #358 of 928
Engadget posted a nice article on making sure you're streaming Dolby TruHD and the like. As they mention, you won't see the lights turn on on your AVR, but using the PCM Stream will in fact ensure lossless audio is being processed and transmitted:
http://hd.engadget.com/2009/04/21/hd...ith-your-ps3/2
post #359 of 928
In 3D mode the PS3 cannot play Dolby tru-hd and DTS-HD MA in any format.
post #360 of 928
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Elladan View Post

Engadget posted a nice article on making sure you're streaming Dolby TruHD and the like. As they mention, you won't see the lights turn on on your AVR, but using the PCM Stream will in fact ensure lossless audio is being processed and transmitted:
http://hd.engadget.com/2009/04/21/hd...ith-your-ps3/2

On Onkyo and Denons, the receiver will indicate "Multi-channel 5.1 or 7.1" instead of "Dolby TrueHD" or DTS HD Master". I don't know about the other receivers since I haven't owned them.
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