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post #2521 of 4172
What improvements are you looking for as far as quality? All BD players display about the same. When 4K BD comes out, there will be an increase in detail on large displays.
post #2522 of 4172
At this point in time (coming into the decision very late in the life cycle) what is the verdict on the BDP-320? I want to buy it because of the sleek look, but the ratings on Amazon are more up and down than usual for anything I'd typically buy. If I can program a universal remote to handle all the remote-related complaints, I suppose that's a non-issue. But for everything else, what's the consensus? Thanks

PS: I should add that I don't care about any other features other than the playing of BDs and DVDs - no need to go there. Is it a lemon as some say?
post #2523 of 4172
I'm not one for upgrading for upgradings sake. When I bought a standalone player to take over the duties of the PS3, I wasn't expecting much.

However when I played the Planet Earth blu rays for the first time the difference between the two was plain to see. I don't know if you've seen Planet Earth but in the first few shots,there's many scenes where the camera pans across an open landscape or draws back through a canyon. I couldn't believe how much smoother the Panasonic was at handling these motion shots (and how bad the PS3 was). Detail in dark scenes, the patterns on the various animals and their fur during close ups was improved

My question is will I see these sort of noticeable differences if I upgrade my current player to a newer model. There's nothing mechanically wrong with my BD55, its been a fantastic purchase and I dont want to change unless its worth it.

I've just heard mixed pieces of information, with some saying yes and some saying there is no difference in blu ray performance between machines and the only big changes in quality can be seen in DVD playback
post #2524 of 4172
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Originally Posted by bryster View Post

There's nothing mechanically wrong with my BD55, its been a fantastic purchase and I dont want to change unless its worth it.

I procured a Panasonic DMP-BD10 (>$1000.00) when it first came out, good player but very slooooow, the a DMP-BD55 was procured and it was faster. The 55 developed a problem so a DMP-BDT220 was procured as a interim* player (≈$115.00, now ≈$100.00 ). It is much faster than the 55, streams TS, FLAC and MP3 files from my NAS drive, streams Amazon Prime, Netflix, Vudu, etc. from the internet. It will not play my TS files from a USB drive, will not use my Amazon playlist and will not play WMA lossless. In all, a great box for $100.00. Chris Deering did a review of this unit in a recent issue of Home Theater Magazine.

*I had planed to get a Oppo 103 but holding off to see how the PH A-400 turns out.
post #2525 of 4172
I recently purchased a BDT220 and have not been impressed. The first one I sent back due to numerous disc compatibility problems and it seems the replacement is having the same issues.

Anyone else receiving incompatible disc errors? The Debt, Margin Call, Mr. Poppers Penguins, and This Means War will not play, only displaying "incompatible disc".

Very frustrating. I called Panasonic but they "don't have any reports of issues with these titles".

Netflix, however, works great.

I just updated the firmware last weekend hoping it would resolve the issue. Discs are spotless.
post #2526 of 4172
Anyone here have any luck with BIG MKV playback from a networked device?

I've been posting in the BDT-500 thread with no responses.

Basically I have a very fast NAS, and a network hard wired DMP-BDT500. I pulled the network line, and connected a laptop to check if any packet losses. 0% drop off, and full saturation of the gigabit internet (108+MBps read).

Connected to the DMP-BDT500 and tried large MKV playback that my WDLive, Popcorn Hour, and HTPC can handle no problem. The DMP-BDT500 drops a signal every 4-5 seconds on these large 1080p.

IF I put them on a flash drive, or external hard drive with a USB connection, and then connect them to the DMP-BDT500 I get perfect playback with 0 drop off.

Basically the networked connection does not work, it gets MUCH worse over dual speed wireless (again the other devices WDLive, Popcorn Hr, HTPC all handle even wireless fine).

I've been dropping messages in the 500 thread, and also to panasonic which vows to "look into it".

Anyone here having this issue with LARGE (12+GB) 1080p MKV's
post #2527 of 4172
No issues with large mkv's over wires Ethernet from a pc using ps3 media server as the Dlna client. Never tried wifi as I have Ethernet already wired through the house.
post #2528 of 4172
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Originally Posted by ausdavep View Post

No issues with large mkv's over wires Ethernet from a pc using ps3 media server as the Dlna client. Never tried wifi as I have Ethernet already wired through the house.

Maybe that's the route I need to go? The DLNA client? I'm just going to the network drive, and viewing the raw mkv video files (not using DLNA).


Doesn't DLNA compress if needed?
post #2529 of 4172
Yeah, if needed, but the 220 takes all codecs and mkvs, even with dts encodes, as a straight stream, leaving the CPU on the pc doing little more than idling.
post #2530 of 4172
It appears from the manual that the 220 cannot read mp4 videos off a data dvd, only a flash drive or other usb device. Is this confirmed? This would be a deal-breaker for me if so. Can anyone help with this?
post #2531 of 4172
could anyone please post the recommended settings for the 220 or perhaps the link.

Thanks

melvis
post #2532 of 4172
Hi- quick 220 questions:

1) For a blu ray disc which has DolbyTruHD, DTS, HD Master, Dolby Dig+ or DTS-HD Hi Res ("High Bitrate"), what is output from the stereo outs (L/R) of the player? Is it a mixdown of the converted hi bitrate audio stored on the blu ray disc? In a 2.0 HT system, is there an option in the audio menu I should select?

2) If I use a hi-end pre/pro to handle the conversion of the hi bitrate audio (HDMI in), will I simply use the HDMI output and will I be getting max 7.1 quality?
post #2533 of 4172
My DMP-BDT220 can't play Region A Blu-Ray disks. Loading a disk gives the following message: "This disk has been coded for Region A only and will not play in your Region B player". I got the player from Amazon and the original Box says it is a Region A player. Are there any options short of returning it that I have?

Update: I had Amazon send me a replacement. It arrived the next day and the new one plays all Region A discs fine. BTW, I considered getting the hacked firmware from firmwareinfo.com to enable me to just change it to Region A without returning it. Whomever is running that site is a complete Pr--k. Panasonic chat support was even less helpful. They blamed the discs and insisted that the DMP-BDT220P was not a North America player. Despite having a freakin A stamped on the outside of it. I knew the discs worked because they worked fine in my DMP-BDT110.
Edited by dahacker - 11/13/12 at 4:59pm
post #2534 of 4172
Got a problem with netflix and lipsync. If I run hdmi it´s perfectly synced but if I run spdif (optical) it´s not syncing 100 %. I run stereo settings for both the player and netflix. I haven´t noticed any issues with disc playback but will double check that.
post #2535 of 4172
Quote:
Originally Posted by jh901 View Post

Hi- quick 220 questions:
1) For a blu ray disc which has DolbyTruHD, DTS, HD Master, Dolby Dig+ or DTS-HD Hi Res ("High Bitrate"), what is output from the stereo outs (L/R) of the player? Is it a mixdown of the converted hi bitrate audio stored on the blu ray disc? In a 2.0 HT system, is there an option in the audio menu I should select?
2) If I use a hi-end pre/pro to handle the conversion of the hi bitrate audio (HDMI in), will I simply use the HDMI output and will I be getting max 7.1 quality?

One more question:

Is there a thread [or post(s)] where PQ settings for the 220 are discussed?
post #2536 of 4172
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Originally Posted by kamiraa View Post

Anyone here have any luck with BIG MKV playback from a networked device?
I've been posting in the BDT-500 thread with no responses.
Basically I have a very fast NAS, and a network hard wired DMP-BDT500. I pulled the network line, and connected a laptop to check if any packet losses. 0% drop off, and full saturation of the gigabit internet (108+MBps read).
Connected to the DMP-BDT500 and tried large MKV playback that my WDLive, Popcorn Hour, and HTPC can handle no problem. The DMP-BDT500 drops a signal every 4-5 seconds on these large 1080p.
IF I put them on a flash drive, or external hard drive with a USB connection, and then connect them to the DMP-BDT500 I get perfect playback with 0 drop off.
Basically the networked connection does not work, it gets MUCH worse over dual speed wireless (again the other devices WDLive, Popcorn Hr, HTPC all handle even wireless fine).
I've been dropping messages in the 500 thread, and also to panasonic which vows to "look into it".
Anyone here having this issue with LARGE (12+GB) 1080p MKV's

Quote:
Originally Posted by ausdavep View Post

No issues with large mkv's over wires Ethernet from a pc using ps3 media server as the Dlna client. Never tried wifi as I have Ethernet already wired through the house.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kamiraa View Post

Maybe that's the route I need to go? The DLNA client? I'm just going to the network drive, and viewing the raw mkv video files (not using DLNA).
Doesn't DLNA compress if needed?
Quote:
Originally Posted by ausdavep View Post

Yeah, if needed, but the 220 takes all codecs and mkvs, even with dts encodes, as a straight stream, leaving the CPU on the pc doing little more than idling.



FYI, spent the day setting up my DLNA server from my ReadyNAS (built in feature), it scanned and indexed everything successfully. My other devices can see EVERY file, and they stream from them perfectly.

The DMP-BDT500 STILL stutters on the files that will work in this method, but surprisingly only 9 of my 400+ blu rays were able to even be played, everything else is greyed out and comes back with the message "cannot play" when I try to play them.
post #2537 of 4172
Dunno man, my 220 has so far streamed all but 1 file i've thrown at it, with only 1 other anomoly that a 2.35:1 AR movie was shifted to the top of the screen, leaving a large black bar at the bottom. This is wired ethernet, with ps3ms installed on the PC.
post #2538 of 4172

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 won't play MKV files

Hi,
Just bought a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (multi-region) and it works great except it wont play MKV files I've downloaded - anyone else got this? Know how to get round it? It play everything else including divx really well.
post #2539 of 4172
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Originally Posted by antivirus View Post

Was the player delivered in its original (sealed) package ?
Sounds to me like someone bought the player before, installed enhanced firmware to be able to change DVD and Blu-ray regions and returned the player later on for some reason without restoring the original region settings.
If enhanced firmware is installed, you can change the regions back to DVD region 1 and Blu-ray region A yourself by following the instructions for the 2012 models on firmwareinfo.com

There was absolutely no external or internal indication the box had ever been open. The firmware updated itself to 1.49 and is the official firmware.
post #2540 of 4172
Quote:
Originally Posted by dahacker View Post

My DMP-BDT220 can't play Region A Blu-Ray disks. Loading a disk gives the following message: "This disk has been coded for Region A only and will not play in your Region B player". I got the player from Amazon and the original Box says it is a Region A player. Are there any options short of returning it that I have?

I suggest you RETURN it to Amazon.

It sounds like Panasonic made a mistake.
post #2541 of 4172
Does anyone remember if the saved settings with Audio/Video are reset after firmware upgrade? Do we need to re-do the settings or?
post #2542 of 4172
Hello.

Have a question for Panasonic DMP-BDT320 owners.
Did you notice a faint buzzing sound coming from inside of the player (when there is no disc rotating ofcourse)?
On mine, this buzz is varied in intensity and pitch, depending of the contents of the OSD picture displayed on TV, it follows navigation tasks on the menu, etc.
In silent room it can be heard even from two meters distance and also in standby mode (when Quick start is set to off, standby buzzing noise is much lower).
This buzzing is coming from more of the left side of the player, where power supply is.

Can I have some input on this please, as I have only a day or two to return the player (which I bought couple of days ago).

Thanks.
post #2543 of 4172
Has anyone used their 320 for just CD playback without having to power up their PJ/TV to use the touch screen remote?
post #2544 of 4172
I am having the same problem. DLNA won't even see the MKV files.
post #2545 of 4172
Phoned Panasonic tech support and they say that the T220 will only play MKV files that are:

30fps
interlaced

and only at the following resolutions:

480i x (640,704,720)
1080 x (1440,1920)

trying this out now with a 720x480 mkv, I will soon see.
post #2546 of 4172
So much for Panasonic tech support my newly created and supposedly appropriate MKV did now play or even display through DLNA. All MP4 files work, anyone else having this problem?
post #2547 of 4172
Quote:
Originally Posted by friscicd View Post

Hello.
Have a question for Panasonic DMP-BDT320 owners.
Did you notice a faint buzzing sound coming from inside of the player (when there is no disc rotating ofcourse)?
On mine, this buzz is varied in intensity and pitch, depending of the contents of the OSD picture displayed on TV, it follows navigation tasks on the menu, etc.
In silent room it can be heard even from two meters distance and also in standby mode (when Quick start is set to off, standby buzzing noise is much lower).
This buzzing is coming from more of the left side of the player, where power supply is.
Can I have some input on this please, as I have only a day or two to return the player (which I bought couple of days ago).
Thanks.

Do you set it completly off or in eco mode. Mine is silent if I turn it off. Really really loud otherwise. I have a plasma TV beside it and it don´t buzz nearly as much. But no problem with it completly off.

I had a Panasonic BDT310 that had a high pitched whine when on too. I wonder where Panasonic get their PSUs from.
post #2548 of 4172
When I download an app from the market share/place - Why must I input my billing information? The app is free!

And if I must input information can I use my iphone app (keyboard) to type the information?? Typing w/ the remote is hellish!!
post #2549 of 4172
Hi All,
On my first post, #2479, I was asking for help in identifying why my picture is so pixelated. I have not been able to solve the problem.

It looks very much like the background graphics at the top of this page, particularly like the pattern over the right hand colored portion of the AVS logo. As I mentioned, I'm using the composite RCA outputs of the 220 into my 36 in. analog TV. Other digital sources I've tried (WD TV Live, over the air broadcast digital signals through a digital/analog converter box) all looked great. But the 220 looks like I'm watching through an fine mesh screen. Very distracting, and the colors are very washed out (red is pink, black is grey) due to the brightness of the signal between the black dots of the screen matrix. It is on all output, regardless of source.......Netflix, DVDs (standard, I have no blu-rays yet), my home network, USBs, and the 220's own menu screens.

Any insight?? Thanks so much. By the way, I'm in the US, if that makes a difference.
post #2550 of 4172
During my try of HULU I played the clip from Family Guy - the one were he gets into a fight w/ the chicken. Once both characters started running the image became pixilated in a horizontal lines way. Not in a little squares way. (if that makes any sense) Has any one experienced this? I then went to pic mode on the player and selected animation - still same issue. Then I changed PROGRESSIVE (I think it was...) to movie (I THINK - sorry I'm at work and can't recall) - anyways this solved the problem but should i leave this setting on movie for all playbacks? or just animations? What IS this setting??
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