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post #211 of 629
So, I picked up the 330 yesterday from my local Best Buy. Purchased this SPECIFICALLY for the dual HDMI out as I don't have a 3D receiver just yet and this seemed like an easy way to hold me over until I get one.

I set it up last night and immediately downloaded the latest firmware (1.4).

Straight away, the player saw my DLNA server (Netgear ReadyNAS Duo) and connected to it. I was able to browse flawlessly. Folder hierarchy was exactly as it should have been, but I noticed as I drilled down into a folder that the .mkv inside, was not seen by the player. Went into the settings and checked to make sure I didn't have anything disabling it and then I saw the option for allowing network drives. I turned this on and started again.

This time I manually added my network drive via IP, Folder and user/pass and it connected just fine. When navigating through the network folder as opposed to DLNA, I can see all of the .mkv files just fine. Sat down and watched a 12GB 1080p movie beginning to end perfectly. Not a single hiccup the entire movie. I think the most impressive thing for me was that you can actually fast forward and rewind without waiting 10 - 20 seconds for the movie to catch up and rebuffer again. This was a huge problem when using my jailbroken AppleTV for the same purpose.

I have not yet inserted a bluray into the drive yet but my 3D TV is being delivered tonight so I will get to try a disc tonight. Hopefully the latest firmware update has corrected all of the problems you guys have been reporting.

One thing that I am worried about is the 1080i video output when running both cables. Again, I'll check this out tonight when I get home and report my findings.

All in all however, I am extremely pleased with the unit so far. AppleTV has found it's way back into the closet now! smile.gif
post #212 of 629
The 330 plays bluray discs better than 790 sony,but sony offer more streaming then panasonic
post #213 of 629
The 790 is also like $250 though right? I picked this one up off the shelf for $169.

EDIT: I was actually looking at the 330, 790 and the 5100. 5100 was best for the price but didn't have dual outputs. And when it came to the 330 vs. 790, the prices is what sealed the deal.
post #214 of 629
Looking hard at the 230. Love my original PS3 60G but the Audio Limitations are driving me nuts since I upgraded to a 5.1 Surround System from a Soundbar. No HD-Audio via bitstream and no HD-Audio period when watching 3-D Blu-Ray. I'm also unable to get Dolby Digital Plus with Netflix through my PS3 even though my receiver can decode all codecs including DD+.

Anyone able to get DD+ with the 230?
Is the 230 pretty seamless since the latest FW Update 1.40?
Is the unit itself loud? PS3 is very loud after 5 minutes of use.

Thanks.
post #215 of 629
Yes. The 230 does DD+ with NF. Haven't had any problems since 1.40. The drive is noisy on start up. Quiets down.

S~
post #216 of 629
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Yes. The 230 does DD+ with NF. Haven't had any problems since 1.40. The drive is noisy on start up. Quiets down.

S~

Cool. Thanks for the quick info teachsac.
post #217 of 629
Regarding the 1080i-only problem when using V.OFF on HDMI-sub on the Panasonic DMP-330
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Originally Posted by tokra View Post

Well, I just also dropped a lenghty mail to Panasonic UK with this issue and pointed them to this forum and the other reports. Let's see if I get brushed off as well or if they will acknowledge the issue and provide a firmware update soon. I like the player very much otherwise and as long as there's a viable workaround I can live with it. However should this bug stay unfixed my next player won't be a Panasonic anymore.

Quoting myself here. I got two pretty useless replies from Panasonic customer service that suggested my detailed description of the problem was either not read or not understood. I even pointed them to this discussion and the Amazon-reviews that describe the same problem. After some insistance and sock puppet style explaining I got the following reply:

"In response, we would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention.

This issue is currently being investigated. As soon as we have further information we will let you know.

We hope this information has been of some assistance to you."

Hopefully the right people at Panasonic will now get wind of the problem. Suffice to say if this issue does not get fixed sooner rather than later this will have been my last Panasonic-product for a long time. Within reasonable limits I can understand first-level customer support as this seems geared to people who do not read manuals at all. However I believe today a company should have tech-people at least monitor the forums for bug reports. Right now this seems like a very good player being held back by buggy firmware.

That being said: I got another issue with this player today. I tried to play the bonus-material of some Disney Blu-Rays (Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Hunchback of Notre Dame). This would play audio and subtitles only. The Video-signal itself was not being recognized and only dispay lines or blocks (no moving video). As the subtitles appeared on screen over this signal just fine this must be the video the player sends out. It just seems to have problems with the video-material. Since the bonus material on these Blu-Rays are leftovers from the original DVDs I suppose this is 480p-material. I've checked the disc on my PC where those sections play fine. Can anyone else confirm this problem?
post #218 of 629
Just purchased the 230 from Best Buy. Came home and super easy setup. It connected to wifi and it found the 1.4 firmware update which I ran. I then put in Dark Knight Rises and was impressed with the quick load time, compared to my old Phillips BR. Part way through though I stopped the movie and turned off the system to do something else. When I came back and turned it on, it said reading then it locked up. I had to unplug it. Tried it again and same thing. Pulled the disk, put it back in and it started fine. To test if it was a freak thing I stopped it again, turned it off, back on and it froze again. I tried another disk it it restarted ok, but it went back to the main menu and lost my spot. Tried a 3rd BR and it work fine when I started, stopped, turned off, restarted and it remembered my spot. Any idea why every disk reacts different in this player?

Thanks
post #219 of 629
Because every disc is authored differently. SOme remember where you left off, some don't. It's up to the studios.

S~
post #220 of 629
Any idea why the Dark Knight locks up my 230?
post #221 of 629
Make sure there aint no stratches or smudges on the disc
post #222 of 629
I've noticed my setup has inconsistent sound volume. I have a Panny 89 going through a Yamaha V373 receiver. Sometimes I will watch part of a disc (Bluray or DVD), turn off the system, then come back the next night and continue from where I left off. Often the sound level is different. As an example, I watched an episode of Torchwood two nights ago and had to turn the volume up a few notches to hear the dialogue. Last night I watched the next episode and the volume setting from the previous night was way too loud. The disc was left in the machine.

Any ideas what is happening? It seems to happen pretty often, even with movie discs. I am on the latest firmware version on the Panny, 1.41.
post #223 of 629
My friend you should got better Yahama receiver, like Aventage 830
post #224 of 629
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Originally Posted by Ehoser View Post

I've noticed my setup has inconsistent sound volume. I have a Panny 89 going through a Yamaha V373 receiver. Sometimes I will watch part of a disc (Bluray or DVD), turn off the system, then come back the next night and continue from where I left off. Often the sound level is different. As an example, I watched an episode of Torchwood two nights ago and had to turn the volume up a few notches to hear the dialogue. Last night I watched the next episode and the volume setting from the previous night was way too loud. The disc was left in the machine.

Any ideas what is happening? It seems to happen pretty often, even with movie discs. I am on the latest firmware version on the Panny, 1.41.
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Originally Posted by Chise View Post

My friend you should got better Yahama receiver, like Aventage 830

Does the same thing happen with Cable/Satellite or just Blu-Ray/DVDs? I have the same receiver, RX-V373, and I can't say that I've ever experienced an issue like that before. I use an original PS3 as a Blu-Ray Player. Do you have the Panasonic 89 set up to bitstream?
post #225 of 629
I don't have dmp-89 I have 330 depends what im watching on cable different stations have different volumes levels and yes my bluray players are on bitstream.
post #226 of 629
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post


Does the same thing happen with Cable/Satellite or just Blu-Ray/DVDs? I have the same receiver, RX-V373, and I can't say that I've ever experienced an issue like that before. I use an original PS3 as a Blu-Ray Player. Do you have the Panasonic 89 set up to bitstream?

I don't have cable or satellite. The 89 is set up to out bitstream.
post #227 of 629
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Originally Posted by Chise View Post

I don't have dmp-89 I have 330 depends what im watching on cable different stations have different volumes levels and yes my bluray players are on bitstream.

I accidentally quoted you.
post #228 of 629
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Originally Posted by Chise View Post

I don't have dmp-89 I have 330 depends what im watching on cable different stations have different volumes levels and yes my bluray players are on bitstream.

It's not unusual for different channels to have different volumes. Just like it's not unusual for Blu-ray, DVD, FM stereo to have different volumes from one another.
post #229 of 629
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Originally Posted by Jim McC View Post

It's not unusual for different channels to have different volumes. Just like it's not unusual for Blu-ray, DVD, FM stereo to have different volumes from one another.

OP was having different volume levels on same Blu-Ray/DVD after stopping and starting again.
post #230 of 629
Has anyone been able to get the Miracast feature working with the Nexus 4 or samsung Galaxy S3?
I just got my DMP-BDT 230 yesterday, and after trying to connect both my Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3 I have had not luck.

I can see the player on both devices and try to connect, and the player will say it's trying to connect but then I get get an error that it's can't do it frown.gif

Anyone have a suggestion?

Thanks,
post #231 of 629
One other option is not using miracast but buying a WD network harddrive that via wd2go software can auto upload whatever you have on your smartphone to it. This way you got tons of storage and you then can configure your network bluray player to read from this drive on your lan, it works great for me.
post #232 of 629
I just bought the 230 today, and I have a question. Under "HDMI Color Mode", should I set it to 4:4:4 or 4:2:2? How do I know which to use? My display is the Mitsubishi HC3800, 1080p projector. Thanks.
post #233 of 629
Testing color space settings with spears and Munsil works well. Also might know in projector owners thread.
post #234 of 629
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Testing color space settings with spears and Munsil works well. Also might know in projector owners thread.

Thanks. I have that disc. Which specific test on the disc is it?
post #235 of 629
Go to their site and read the 1st edition article on choosing a color space.
post #236 of 629
My display is the Panasonic TC-P60ST60,
What are the recommended settings on the 230 for best pic quality when viewing Blu Ray.?
post #237 of 629
I'd set it to 1080p/24 out and ycbcr 444 with deep color off. Set plasma 24p mode to 60hz.
post #238 of 629
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Go to their site and read the 1st edition article on choosing a color space.

Thanks. That's pretty complicated. Is there just 1 test I can do to figure out which HDMI Color Space to use?
Edited by Jim McC - 7/15/13 at 6:25pm
post #239 of 629
Hey guys... looking for a bit of help.

At my local best buy, they have all 3 of the following:

220 - $149
230 - $129
330 - $174

I originally purchased the 330 because I needed the dual HDMI output for my receiver not having 3D, but took it back a couple days later after I upgraded my receiver. When I had it, it did everything I wanted it to do. Since I took it back, I purchased a Sony 5100. It played my .mkv from DLNA fine, but it locked up WAAAY too frequently which required me to pull the power cable from behind the entertainment center, so I took it back. Yesterday, I picked up the Pioneer 150. The box clearly states that it plays .mkv files, however, it will not play any of my over 50 .mkv videos, so it's going back today.

My question is, why would the 220 be more expensive than the 230 when it's a year older? Are there feature differences/benefits that the 220 has over the 230? I know that the 330 does what I want it to do, but I don't need the dual HDMI output anymore. Can I expect the same performance of .mkv playback from either the 220 or the 230?

Heading to the store on lunch, so any input would be greatly appreciated!
post #240 of 629
If you didn't have problems with your files on the 330, the 220 and 230 will handle them the same way. Personally, I like my X20 more than the 230. Tne 230 does lock up, also. Never had a problem with the 20's. 20's were also the last line to use the Uniphier chipset.

S~
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