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post #1471 of 1791
Are there any other 3D settings in this player for better pop-out? Thanks
post #1472 of 1791
Is this player a good choice for 3D use where I'm using a Legacy Yamaha RX-Z11 receiver and a new JVC DLA-X500R projector? I have a Sony 5000ES that I'll continue to use for 2D. What I trying to accomplish is sending 7.1 from one of the HDMI outputs to the RX-Z11 for audio, and the 3D signal from the second HDMI output to the JVC,
post #1473 of 1791
^ Yes it is. However, the suggestion is to run HDMI1 to your display and HDMI2 to your AVR.
post #1474 of 1791
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Originally Posted by AVfile View Post

^ It works for me but I'm going through a sound bar, not directly connected to TV. Since you are using DVI you can set HDMI Audio to Off with no issue.

For sure, HDMI audio off will give me picture through DVI and analog audio out?

Do you think the BDT500 is a good buy in light of CES and new modela appearing (to say nothing of comparisons to the Oppo 103).

Ha anyone on this forum made their BDT500 Region Free?

Thanks
post #1475 of 1791
^ I think so because the problem with analog audio shutting of on Blu-rays was only with the lower models (eg: 210, etc). Also your TV doesn't have HDMI so it has less chance of messing up the configuration.

Newer models will likely have less analog features and even more restrictions. Get a 500 while you can.
post #1476 of 1791
Hi, im not blaming the player but im just asking if there are any other settings to tinker/tweak from it to maximize pop-out, if there is none then il also tinker more with the tv settings.
post #1477 of 1791
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Originally Posted by AVfile View Post

^ I think so because the problem with analog audio shutting of on Blu-rays was only with the lower models (eg: 210, etc). Also your TV doesn't have HDMI so it has less chance of messing up the configuration.

Newer models will likely have less analog features and even more restrictions. Get a 500 while you can.

Can you tell me how important the absence of DVD-Audio and SACD playback is?
post #1478 of 1791
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Originally Posted by taichi4 View Post

Can you tell me how important the absence of DVD-Audio and SACD playback is?
If you don't have either of those types of discs, it is of no importance whatsoever.
post #1479 of 1791
I don't presently. I became aware of all this only when I read some reviews where the reviewer lamented the inability of the player to play those formats.

Otherwise they praised the unit.

Anyway, you fellows convinced me. I just bought one at Amazonamegashoppazon.
Edited by taichi4 - 12/29/13 at 5:37pm
post #1480 of 1791
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Originally Posted by james16 View Post

Hi, im not blaming the player but im just asking if there are any other settings to tinker/tweak from it to maximize pop-out, if there is none then il also tinker more with the tv settings.
I don't know because I don't use 3D. Check the user manual.
post #1481 of 1791
Is there anyone who can share their 3D settings with this player, to get the most pop-out? Thanks
post #1482 of 1791

Hi to all.  New here.

 

I have a questions about video file formats for the BDT500.  I just upgraded from the BD85 and have been using .divx and .avi files on it for the past couple of years.  I got the 500 because I wanted the DLNA support and was disappointed when I found that only two videos on my Windows 7 machine would play (one was an MPG2 file from a DVD and one was an AVI file).  All other files will not play.  So I tried watching the .divx and .MKV files from the USB port and they won't play from there, either.  Plug the flash drive back into the BD85 and they play just fine.

 

I have taken an MPG file and converted it into .divx, .mkv, .avi and .mp4 with varying settings for video and audio encoding, but none of them will play.  I tried contacting Panasonic and was told to read the manual (no happy with that reply).  Did they make changes that require re-encoding?

 

Anyway, if anyone can give me a little help or advice, I'd surely appreciate it.  I've gone from limited file support to basically no file support.

 

Thanks!

post #1483 of 1791
I have the sony S5100 now and I am considering moving up to this unit.. Am I going to see a big difference in audio and video quality difference for the money?
Edited by speedklz - 12/30/13 at 11:55am
post #1484 of 1791
Panasonic dropped Divx support.

S~
post #1485 of 1791
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Panasonic dropped Divx support.

S~

But they're still advertising it as a supported format.  It's listed on their site as well as in the manual.

 

Any suggestions on a format that will work?  So far I'm at a loss.

 

Thanks

post #1486 of 1791
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Originally Posted by tincanalley View Post

But they're still advertising it as a supported format.  It's listed on their site as well as in the manual.

Any suggestions on a format that will work?  So far I'm at a loss.

Thanks

There's a guy on the blu ray ripping forum that is experimenting with that. It's a very finicky player, though. If the video bitrate is too high things won't play, etc, etc.
post #1487 of 1791
I should be getting my unit next week. How do I output the analog audio as 2.1? I saw a diagram with the 5.1 output ports (and the two additional for 7.1).

In my present retro setup I have a Toshiba's LR outputs connected to LR analog in on my TV.

Thanks
post #1488 of 1791
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Originally Posted by artur9 View Post


There's a guy on the blu ray ripping forum that is experimenting with that. It's a very finicky player, though. If the video bitrate is too high things won't play, etc, etc.

I looked for the blu ray ripping forum, but I must be looking in the wrong place as I can't find it.

 

I played an MPG at 8000 rate and it worked.  Played another with the same rate and it failed.  The only difference was the audio rate, so I changed the audio rate and it still failed.  I've spent the past 4 days re-encoding over and over trying to find the right mix and nothing.  It's getting crazy.  The earlier player had not issues like this and you'd think they'd keep the support on newer models (especially since they advertise it as playing).

 

Thanks!

post #1489 of 1791
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Originally Posted by taichi4 View Post

I should be getting my unit next week. How do I output the analog audio as 2.1? I saw a diagram with the 5.1 output ports (and the two additional for 7.1).

In my present retro setup I have a Toshiba's LR outputs connected to LR analog in on my TV.

Thanks
If your TV has HDMI, that is the only connection you need. Otherwise red and white from the player to your TV.

May I ask why you bought this player if 2 ch audio is all you have? When you get a new receiver, it will most likely have HDMI, rendering the analog outs on the 500 obsolete.
post #1490 of 1791
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Originally Posted by tincanalley View Post

I looked for the blu ray ripping forum, but I must be looking in the wrong place as I can't find it.

I played an MPG at 8000 rate and it worked.  Played another with the same rate and it failed.  The only difference was the audio rate, so I changed the audio rate and it still failed.  I've spent the past 4 days re-encoding over and over trying to find the right mix and nothing.  It's getting crazy.  The earlier player had not issues like this and you'd think they'd keep the support on newer models (especially since they advertise it as playing).

Thanks!

The guy attempting the ripping is jsmiddleton4. The forum is this one.
post #1491 of 1791
Jus got in the mail from amazon. Build quality is impressive. Any recommended changes to video settings out of the box?
post #1492 of 1791
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

If your TV has HDMI, that is the only connection you need. Otherwise red and white from the player to your TV.

May I ask why you bought this player if 2 ch audio is all you have? When you get a new receiver, it will most likely have HDMI, rendering the analog outs on the 500 obsolete.

Sure you may ask.

My present setup is temporary, and so I'm buying a unit with room to grow. And I believe in the usefulness of the analog output.

I may bypass an AVR altogether with powered speakers, or in the short term a good soundbar.

But in any event, at $149.00 plus tax, I don't think that the BDT500 is a bad choice.
post #1493 of 1791
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Originally Posted by taichi4 View Post

Sure you may ask.

My present setup is temporary, and so I'm buying a unit with room to grow. And I believe in the usefulness of the analog output.

I may bypass an AVR altogether with powered speakers, or in the short term a good soundbar.

But in any event, at $149.00 plus tax, I don't think that the BDT500 is a bad choice.
It's a great value, but I can buy 3 digital only players for that. You can use optical/coax for a soundbar or an older receiver. But you couldn't do powered speakers, I suppose.

Anyway, you have your reasons, which are valid.
post #1494 of 1791
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

It's a great value, but I can buy 3 digital only players for that. You can use optical/coax for a soundbar or an older receiver. But you couldn't do powered speakers, I suppose.

Anyway, you have your reasons, which are valid.

Well, I read a number of reviews about the BDT500, and they praised many aspects of the player, build quality, visual and audio performance. Good analog audio is not to be sneered at.

I also read many reviews of other BluRay players, and this seemed a bargain at this price point.
post #1495 of 1791
Hi everyone,

I have a question for you experts. I intend tu buy a Buttkicker (a tactil bass transducer).
I already have a AV receiver connected via HDMI to the BDT500. A subwoofer is connected to that AV receiver.
I was wondering if I could use the subwoofer out plug in the back of the BDT500 to connect my buttkicker (and its own amplifier).
Will it work in harmony with the other subwoofer ?

Can I have the sound from the HDMI AND from the subwoofer plug located in the back of the BDT500 ?

Thank you, I hope I'm clear enough.
post #1496 of 1791
I've only had this player two days and so far I'm impressed with the build quality, blu-ray and DVD playback but the network features are horrible. I bought this to replace my PS3 as a blu-ray player and for Netflix, Vudu and Amazon streaming. I read that the Netflix app is slow starting but it is also painfully slow to navigate and will almost never stream an HD picture. I don't think my connection or network is the problem since my PS3 on the same connection locks on to Super HD quickly and rarely drops lower. I have a 60Mbps internet connection and the player is wired to the router.

I have a Panasonic 65ST50 Plasma which also has a Netflix app which loads in a fraction of the time of this player and is much more responsive in navigation but it also will not stream Netflix in HD most of the time. I'm surprised this player has no info button in the Netflix app to show your stream info, my Panasonic TV does. It's odd that this player seems so slow compared to my TV since this has a dual core CPU and the TV only has a single core CPU.

I'm not sure if I should keep this player. I don't have enough inputs to keep it and the PS3 connected since my receiver is about 11 years old and has no HDMI inputs but does have 7.1 analog inputs. I don't think this can replace a PS3 since it can't stream Netflix acceptably. I debated on getting a Roku 3 for the streaming services but I still don't have enough inputs. The main reason I wanted to replace the PS3 was obnoxious fan noise while playing blu-rays. My original fat 80GB PS3 will quickly kick the fan into high while playing a blu-ray even though it is in the open with plenty of ventilation. I'm starting to think the only logical solution is to send this player back and stick with the PS3 until I can upgrade my ancient receiver which I can't sell my wife on.
post #1497 of 1791
I purchased one of these back in September. It is an amazing bargain for it's current price of $160 on Amazon. I was torn between the OPPO BDP-103, OPPO BDP-105 as I needed good RCA Analog outs as I run 2 channel stereo system with music sound quality my main objective. I was drawn to this player by some positive user reviews and by the What Hi Fi review where they liked it more than the OPPO's.
I have not had many problems with Netflix as others have experienced here. Sound quality is great through the analog outs and 3D is quite impressive.
I have a fair amount of SACD's and a few DVD-Audio discs which this player does not support but for the low price I have decided to keep my Denon DVD-2930ci to play those in my collection. I am really enjoying my current set up.
Here is the link to the What Hi Fi review in case you have not seen it before.
http://www.whathifi.com/review/panasonic-dmp-bdt500
Happy New Year to everyone!
post #1498 of 1791
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Originally Posted by The Void View Post

I've only had this player two days and so far I'm impressed with the build quality, blu-ray and DVD playback but the network features are horrible. I bought this to replace my PS3 as a blu-ray player and for Netflix, Vudu and Amazon streaming. I read that the Netflix app is slow starting but it is also painfully slow to navigate and will almost never stream an HD picture. I don't think my connection or network is the problem since my PS3 on the same connection locks on to Super HD quickly and rarely drops lower. I have a 60Mbps internet connection and the player is wired to the router.

I have a Panasonic 65ST50 Plasma which also has a Netflix app which loads in a fraction of the time of this player and is much more responsive in navigation but it also will not stream Netflix in HD most of the time. I'm surprised this player has no info button in the Netflix app to show your stream info, my Panasonic TV does. It's odd that this player seems so slow compared to my TV since this has a dual core CPU and the TV only has a single core CPU.

I'm not sure if I should keep this player. I don't have enough inputs to keep it and the PS3 connected since my receiver is about 11 years old and has no HDMI inputs but does have 7.1 analog inputs. I don't think this can replace a PS3 since it can't stream Netflix acceptably. I debated on getting a Roku 3 for the streaming services but I still don't have enough inputs. The main reason I wanted to replace the PS3 was obnoxious fan noise while playing blu-rays. My original fat 80GB PS3 will quickly kick the fan into high while playing a blu-ray even though it is in the open with plenty of ventilation. I'm starting to think the only logical solution is to send this player back and stick with the PS3 until I can upgrade my ancient receiver which I can't sell my wife on.
Well tell your wife that the receiver broke.
post #1499 of 1791
When I get my player and plug it in using DVI (to my retro display) will it automatically output to 1080i, given that is the limitation of my display, or must I adjust it somehow?

Thanks, and Happy New Year!
post #1500 of 1791
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Originally Posted by Chise View Post

Well tell your wife that the receiver broke.
We think alike. I have been hoping it breaks but I'm sure the thing will last forever. It was a nice receiver in it's day, it's a Harmon/Kardon AVR-325. I honestly need to buy new speakers before upgrading the receiver, I'm using speakers I bought in college when I had very little money just to get OK sound with music and movies, that was around 1999 or 2000.
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