Originally Posted by OtherSongs
Sorry to cut that sentence, but thought it might be best.
Other than your next sentence (following), can you name reasons why this relatively "inexpensive" Panasonic 500 blu-ray player might be a top-notch transport?
Or is that we'll have to wait until real *users* start getting the unit and actually *posting* about it here?
Is that "350" one of the units in this new Panasonic "DMP-BDT 220/320/500" line?
Yeah the 350 was an older iteration of the product and the chassis was bigger than most. When I seen the 500 at CES it seemed to have the same chassis. I am not crazy about the transport on these units but on the 350 chassis and on the similar 50 chassis from even earlier I had better luck with the player performance. It also didnt feel like you would push the player off the shelf by pressing a button. In terms of bang for the buck tho I have been very impressed with the video portion of the Panasonic solutions and with their own proprietary solutions that seem to improve year or semi annually. I am impressed when companies come out with their own firsts. My 350 was 35% quieter in operation measured by my sp295 sencore than the other iterations of products they had at the time.
I also just prefer dollars spent on components that fit into their situation. If say you have a collection of SACD's then obviously this isnt going to be your transport of choice.
I don't think there is what I would call an exceptional player out there at the moment. Most people I know do not want the player to do anything in the processing department. Most watch bluray movies on the player and do so at 24fps. Most have better audio processing than any player now out there even on their receiver solutions and don't really want the player to do anything but pass the audio along as best it can. I would think if a company put out a great transport that had multiple inputs and outputs and a great transport with some wifi and forgets about the dollars on a remote then they would do exceptionally well. For 350.00 this unit does way more than I want it to but I would pay a lot for a transport that didnt have a cheap plastic tray and also if it did not have cheap mechanical components that got the unit hot and required a fan to cool down the player.
Players these days are throw away commodities or get moved from room to room. My first Sony bluray player had a better transport than the ones being made today. I am not saying that the Panasonic was the greatest but the older iterations of it had a less annoying pitch, it loaded fast, and it had less issues playing with other gear, and further it updated to the new disk digital rights changes quicker then most.