I know eh. We gotta pay for that french box, and those french instructions arent cheap especially cuz no male will read them. Then someone has to repackage it and make up a smaller quantity run of the boxes. EH ..
Then when we use the wifi we pay 5 times more for the bandwidth.. OHHH CANNAA DAHH!! Well think of the good things .. The USA is taking Celine Dion off our hands.
I threatened to do so for political reasons back in 2003, but this is just too much. That is it, I'm moving to Canada!
I don't know whether the 500 will be quieter but I can only assume so just due to its thicker and larger chassis.
As far as Oppo? They were good value during the 83 time. Times have changed, however. If they're not selling the 95 at the price of 93, with drive mechanism at least as reliable as an $80 Toshiba BD player, it's not worth buying.
Heck, a month ago one of my client bought a 95 and had it exchanged three times within a week because the drive died on him. What a PITA for a $1000 product!
The info in it is somewhat useful, but doesn't actually answer my main question.
Which is when I download lossless 24/96 .flac 5.1 audio files from 2L at http://www.2l.no/ (there's a pull down menu in the upper right corner, left click on "Test Bench HD audio files")
... can I copy these large audio only files (lossless 24/96 .flac 5.1) from my PC to an external USB HDD, and then plug that external HDD into the 500's front USB connector and have the top notch 5.1 sound available (unaltered) on the rear panel 5.1 RCA outs?
What I've learned is to not generalize like your above sentence.
Which is why I provided that ref to free samples of lossless 5.1 24/96 .flac files from 2L.
There frequently are many loopholes in a spec sheet, and that long list of notes at the end of the 2 page writeup makes me wonder. Namely if when I actually buy the 500 unit for myself and then put one of those lossless 5.1 24/96 .flac files on a USB device (either memory stick or external HDD), will it actually play intact?
BTW, the DAC in the 500 is spec'ed at 192kHz/32 bit.
In looking at the above photo (actually a zoomed-in view of the previous references), I see this (left to right):
1 USB connector (camera comm. only, according to PDF spec sheet)
1 optical audio (TOSLINK)
4 RCA connectors [1 coax audio, 3 coax video]
a Java logo
6 RCA analog connectors [audio]
xxx-xxT500 [I wouldn't know it was DMP-BD unless you told me, but T500 is clear]
A/C power cord
I'm guessing at the 4 coax's in the middle; hence the square brackets. But the lower left one (red) is in the same outline "box" as the optical TOSLINK connector, so I presume that's the other audio output.
PS according to references on the spec sheet, there is another USB connector somewhere on the front for general use. The one on the back is only for camera communications.
Does anyone know if the remote on the BDT500 has an eject button and a dedicated subtitle button? I know with the older DMP310 model, you had to take extra steps to turn the subtitles OFF or ON using the remote. Also, is Gracenote available with this player?
He shows close-ups of the back panel connections. The review also indicates that the camera communication port is for Skype. The 500 has quad Burr-Brown 192kHz DACs for the 7.1 audio output. He shows some screenshots in the review, and comments on the remote (seems better than the 320's remote) since it has buttons and a touch pad.
PS the May-June shipping time frame that I quoted is from the Panasonic shop (second link of post #141). But I'm with you, I hope that they move that up sooner.
I feel Panasonic products are only fair. Customer service is terrible, if you have a problem. By the time you get a human voice,you can have lunch. Take my advice by an Oppo Blu ray player. They have the best DACs in the industry. There customer service will go out of there way to assist you. I'm going to purchase the Oppo BDP93. You can use the HDMI inputs and still receive outstanding sound for music. The video quality from this player is unbelievable.
DACS are irrelevant if you are using HDMI. The digital to analog conversion would be done in the receiver.
The 500 is using quad Burr/Brown 192Khz/32 Bit Dacs for analog. From the review posted above:
Great pictures then, but it’s with sound that the DMP-BDT500 really excels. Music on CD sounds wonderfully smooth, open and engaging with twinkling high frequencies and pleasing bass weight.
Complex, fast-paced beats are snappy and forceful, while vocals soar and brass solos are easy on the ear. Network streamed music sounds great too, particularly FLAC files, but even lower bit-rate MP3s benefit from the DMP-BDT500’s high-quality circuitry. As we’ve found on previous Panasonic decks the Digital Tube Sound modes lend an pleasing layer of richness and punch. This extra sonic prowess is worth the added premium if you’re rocking a high-end system that can really make the most of it.
As for PQ. I see no difference between the Oppos and Panasonics for Blu-ray, and for DVD scaling, I don't see anything that would make it worth it. Pretty identical. All in all, if it wan't for file support over DLNA, SACD, and DVD-A, I would not have gotten the Oppo (or I would have returned it).