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post #1381 of 1791
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Originally Posted by jhirsche View Post

Firmware update last night... I think is said v 1.63. Can anyone else confirm what the update corrected?

There are no release note for the unit on the Panasonic website.
post #1382 of 1791
I noticed that too, but the unit did update. Will reconfirm the version in the morning.
post #1383 of 1791
Does the BDT500 play audio/video at 1.5X?
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post #1385 of 1791
I got a GREAT deal on this player on Cyber Monday at Amazon....$149! Plus I had another $25 coupon to use, so it was essentially $124!!!!! My LG BD390 stopped playing some new blu-rays and since they no longer support the unit with firmware updates, I started shopping....I wanted something that had excellent audio, not only with Blu-ray but CD as well. I came VERY close to getting the Oppo 103, but then saw this Panny model (before it was on sale) and started reading more about it (mainly on this site). Since I only play Blu-ray, DVD, and CD (no files)...I decided to get this one and save quite a bit of money.

Received the unit in ONE DAY from Amazon! What service! Upon taking it out and hooking it up, I thought I was going to have to return it though. Initially it would not play ANY Blu-ray!!!!....AND I COULDN'T GET TO SETUP SCREEN TO DOWNLOAD THE FIRMWARE UPDATE!!!! Set up scree was just BLANK! Before boxing it up, I decided to unplug it to reboot the unit....which worked!!!! So the first thing I did was download the firmware update. After that everything worked fine.......

Here's how I've set mine up: I have a Denon AVR3803, an old AV receiver that I've been very happy with over the years. Only problem is it doesn't decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master.....this is the reason I wanted a Blu-ray player that has 7.1 analog outs. I had read that this one did, and also had excellent DAC's. That plus the price sold me on this unit.

I ran 5.1 analog outs to the 5.1 ins on the Denon. Also ran the stereo outs to the CD input on the Denon. HDMI goes directly to my new Panasonic 60TS60 (Denon has no HDMI in/out).....When I first turned on the 500, it practically set itself up! I really had to change nothing! The video settings are on Normal (not user).

Let me tell you the picture quality is AMAZING!!!! But I'm just as impressed with the sound! Best I've ever had!!!! When listening to CD, my subwoofer works fine. Didn't have to change any speaker settings, etc on the player. In fact, I haven't even looked to see what they are set on. My Denon does bass management, so I saw no need to.

I am one happy camper! I want to thank other owners in this thread! I made sure everything is set as it should be, but as I stated above I didn't have to change a thing. As for the remote, I takes some getting used to....but I have my Dish Hopper remote programmed to operate the 500. If I need to get to any other features, I can use the remote from my 60TS60, which works fine. But I'm even getting used to the one that came with it now.

One thing I haven't changed on the player that some people say to do: turn off Deep Color. I will do that to see if it looks any better, but for now I'm VERY HAPPY with this....PLUS I saved around $375 by getting this over the Oppo. I know that one is most likely better, but for the money this was a STEAL!
Edited by flatliner1 - 12/9/13 at 2:12pm
post #1386 of 1791

^ Yup, sure is.:)

post #1387 of 1791

ditto, ditto, ditto .... I have a very similar Denon setup with an Optoma HD33 projector... paid just a little but more (in Ireland) for the player ... but it's fantastic straight out of the box. Sound coming out my Mordaunt Shorts is blowing me away- and the picture ... must be 12 ft wide, is so crystal clrar and colourful.  And the 3D works!!!!  Now if I can just get a deal on some more RF emitter 3d specs.

post #1388 of 1791

How's the build quality? I had heard it was good, saw a vid on youtube, was slim but the guy said it felt like a ~manly~ Blu-ray player, lol. I know it's no Oppo (love Oppo's build), but was curious how many of ya'll think this Panny is built solid.

I MAY be getting this as a new BD player!

post #1389 of 1791
Solidly built player. You should have no worries.
post #1390 of 1791
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Originally Posted by KristinaAlexis6 View Post

How's the build quality? I had heard it was good, saw a vid on youtube, was slim but the guy said it felt like a ~manly~ Blu-ray player, lol. I know it's no Oppo (love Oppo's build), but was curious how many of ya'll think this Panny is built solid.
I MAY be getting this as a new BD player!

I know I recommended this player to you, but I thought of a few aspects that are not so "manly" which you should know about: 1. The controls on the unit itself are touch sensitive. It makes it seem "fancier" in a high-tech way, but there is no tactile feedback like when you press a button on real high-end gear. I think they work well but some people may be turned off by touch controls. 2. The remote has a touchpad instead of the usual navigation circle of buttons. Again they were trying to make it a "high end" stand-out product but some people have complained about it. If you are used to a touchpad on a laptop I don't think you will have a problem. 3. Remote is not backlit at all. I don't think you watch in a darkened room based on your TV's torch settings wink.gif so you might be fine. If you use an after market universal remote then these are non-issues.

I mentioned before the interface is a bit clunky but functional. It has plenty of apps, just not snappy as the Sony interface.

Lastly I was disappointed to find the front panel display very rudimentary. It only shows the time elapsed. There are not enough characters to show the chapter and time or any other interesting info like our old Oppo smile.gif

On the plus side it is quiet, smooth and looks classy. Picture and sound quality are tops, which are the most important things!
post #1391 of 1791
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Originally Posted by pacman9270 View Post

Solidly built player. You should have no worries.


yea, I just want a solid, well built player (plus the top notch aq/pq), I just own the Oppo 83 that is my only real well built player (had an oppo 93, but too many probs for me, ended up selling it)

post #1392 of 1791
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Originally Posted by AVfile View Post


I know I recommended this player to you, but I thought of a few aspects that are not so "manly" which you should know about: 1. The controls on the unit itself are touch sensitive. It makes it seem "fancier" in a high-tech way, but there is no tactile feedback like when you press a button on real high-end gear. I think they work well but some people may be turned off by touch controls. 2. The remote has a touchpad instead of the usual navigation circle of buttons. Again they were trying to make it a "high end" stand-out product but some people have complained about it. If you are used to a touchpad on a laptop I don't think you will have a problem. 3. Remote is not backlit at all. I don't think you watch in a darkened room based on your TV's torch settings wink.gif so you might be fine. If you use an after market universal remote then these are non-issues.

I mentioned before the interface is a bit clunky but functional. It has plenty of apps, just not snappy as the Sony interface.

Lastly I was disappointed to find the front panel display very rudimentary. It only shows the time elapsed. There are not enough characters to show the chapter and time or any other interesting info like our old Oppo smile.gif

On the plus side it is quiet, smooth and looks classy. Picture and sound quality are tops, which are the most important things!


looks like it's a small forum afterall ;) nice meeting ya here.

I had heard some probs about the remote.. Lotsa people not liking it, but I'm sure I can adjust :)

post #1393 of 1791
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Originally Posted by KristinaAlexis6 View Post

looks like it's a small forum afterall wink.gif nice meeting ya here.
I had heard some probs about the remote.. Lotsa people not liking it, but I'm sure I can adjust smile.gif

If cost is not an issue for you, then go with a current Oppo model, otherwise either the Pioneer Elite 62fd or the Panasonic BTD-500 will work out equally well.
post #1394 of 1791
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Originally Posted by fookoo_2010 View Post


If cost is not an issue for you, then go with a current Oppo model, otherwise either the Pioneer Elite 62fd or the Panasonic BTD-500 will work out equally well.


$500 is a bit too much at the moment.. (and for a while, unfortunately) I just MAY get the Panny 500.

post #1395 of 1791

Also, I must say my previous Oppo experience wasn't good at all :( was the 93, at least 10(!) or more BD's wouldn't play! I'd get a black screen... tried updating the FW, no luck, no fix, either.

The weird thing is my Oppo 83 still works like a charm!

post #1396 of 1791
Listening to a CD as I type this. I am astounded how good this sounds!! I don't even have the tube sound option on. I believe Fry's has this on sale now for $149.....better hurry though. This unit is no longer being made. They won't be around much longer. There is NOTHING better for this price!

I feel most people that may have purchased this (and don't know about this forum) have no idea what this player will do! One reason may be the AWFUL owner's manual. I have to say it's the worst I've seen!

But we lucky few know about this forum and can help each out! cool.gif

I couldn't be happier!
post #1397 of 1791
Is this via hdmi or analog that you are using?
post #1398 of 1791
Hi,
I recently got an bdt500 and i have a capable 3D denon 1912 receiver, also a 3D tv, what is the best pic and sound to connect to, using only 1 hdmi from bdt500 to receiver then to tv, or 1 hdmi feom bdt500 to receiver for audio and 1 hdmi from bdt500 to tv. Also what should i choose to have like the dts-hd and dolbytruehd come out to my denon 1912

Another thing for cd playback, i connected a pair of analog cables from bdt500 to the cd-in of my receiver, if i want to use the dac feom my bdt500, what settings should i use/tinker from the bdt500. Bcoz from my denon, i can select source and set it on stereo. But i want to use the dac of my bdt500.

Hoping for your replies, cheers!
post #1399 of 1791
Hi all. So, I got one during the Amazon lightning deal sale and am liking it. However, when I watched a couple of dvd movies and let the player decode the Dolby Digital, I noticed that the audio is 2.1 (I hit the options button when movie is playing, then to the audio and saw 2.1 Digital) even though I selected 5.1 in the dvd menu of the movies. I tried all the audio options when in the audio section and it just gives me 2.1 in foreign languages and commentary. I have a 5.1 setup and set the player to 2ch+5.1. Is there something missing to get the player to recognize the 5.1 audio or is 2.1 all the player is set up to decode? Sound does come from the surround speakers. But, wonder if this is truly 5.1 sound. Maybe the Panny is decoding 5.1 even though it reads 2.1 under the audio section? I have analogs set up to my receiver granted I could change it so that my receiver decodes the 5.1 digital sound, but figured it's more convenient to have the player do everything since it's decoding DTS-HD and True HD. My Marantz receiver only decodes DTS and Digital. Please let me know. Thank you.
Edited by nphengsiar - 12/14/13 at 1:29pm
post #1400 of 1791
I just picked my 500 on Amazon as well. I'm having problems with my center channel. I'm using a older Integra DTR 6.6 which lacks HDMI inputs so I thought I'd give 7.1 multi channel a try. My problem is the dialog. No matter how I set my units up (dialog enhancer etc), I can't get the center channel to play louder than a whisper. The other channels work fine. When I run a Levels test using the Integra, all is well. When I run the same test in the Analog Audio Output screen on the 500, I get a super soft and quiet output on the center channel. The only real way that I could somewhat help the situation is to reduce the levels of all the other speakers and then crank the master volume. This results in amplifier hiss and is not the appropriate fix anyway. What am I missing?
BTW, if I hook up my digital audio optical cable, the sound is fine. I just wanted to experience the full effect of a direct signal from the BluRay itself.
post #1401 of 1791
Guys, anyone has same issue I describe under link below? I appreciate you taking a minute and look over it.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1505876/3d-does-not-kick-in-only-with-latest-wolverine-despicable-me-2-blu-ray-movies-help/0_50

Because this happens only on two latest 3D blu ray disks I purchased, I do not suppose it is firmware upgrade issue. Ideas? confused.gif
post #1402 of 1791
I am interested in this player, mainly because of the dual HDMI. Would it give me better picture quality than my Panny BDT-220 player?
post #1403 of 1791
It will not.

S~
post #1404 of 1791
I can't speak for the BDT-220 because I don't have one but, BD playback on the BDT500 is fantastic IMO. 3D playback is equally fantastic. I can't speak about DVD playback and up-conversion because I have never even placed a DVD in the player. I bought this player specifically for the dual HDMI outs so I could run the audio straight to my non 3D compatible AVR and still use the lossless audio formats. It works great. While it may not improve the picture quality over the BDT-220, I doubt it is any worse, at least for BD playback.
post #1405 of 1791
It's not worse, it's not better. They use the same chipset. The only difference is in the audio with the dual HDMI and the analog outs.

S~
post #1406 of 1791
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Originally Posted by jblank74 View Post

I am interested in this player, mainly because of the dual HDMI. Would it give me better picture quality than my Panny BDT-220 player?

I have both and the picture quality seems the same to me. I got the 500 for the analog out.
post #1407 of 1791
Amazon presently has this unit for a good price.smile.gif
post #1408 of 1791
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Originally Posted by bakerwi View Post

Amazon presently has this unit for a good price.smile.gif
Good price. I tried but they don't ship to Canada. Too bad!
post #1409 of 1791
Thanks for the comments folks.
post #1410 of 1791
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Originally Posted by nphengsiar View Post

Hi all. So, I got one during the Amazon lightning deal sale and am liking it. However, when I watched a couple of dvd movies and let the player decode the Dolby Digital, I noticed that the audio is 2.1 (I hit the options button when movie is playing, then to the audio and saw 2.1 Digital) even though I selected 5.1 in the dvd menu of the movies. I tried all the audio options when in the audio section and it just gives me 2.1 in foreign languages and commentary. I have a 5.1 setup and set the player to 2ch+5.1. Is there something missing to get the player to recognize the 5.1 audio or is 2.1 all the player is set up to decode? Sound does come from the surround speakers. But, wonder if this is truly 5.1 sound. Maybe the Panny is decoding 5.1 even though it reads 2.1 under the audio section? I have analogs set up to my receiver granted I could change it so that my receiver decodes the 5.1 digital sound, but figured it's more convenient to have the player do everything since it's decoding DTS-HD and True HD. My Marantz receiver only decodes DTS and Digital. Please let me know. Thank you.

Perhaps someone else will chime in, because I can't recall exactly but I thought I saw something here about a setting in the player. If you want all channels decoded you might need to set something to PCM rather than Bitstream? I use HDMI so I can't comment further.
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