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post #12181 of 12539
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Originally Posted by krisjan View Post

Gotta disagree - the BD30 was only made in Japan. The BD35 was introduced less than 6 months later IIRC and that model as well as all later ones were sourced from China. The BD30 had a very short product run and it would not have made any sense whatsoever for Panasonic to switch manufacturing locale with the BD35 so imminent.


Sorry to burst your bubble. My BD30 was made in China.
post #12182 of 12539
My BD-30 says "Made in China" on the back. Manufactured in April 2008.
post #12183 of 12539
My BD-30 quit again tonight. It was not the HDMI connectors. It must have gotten temperature sensitive these last 3 years. I n order to save money, manufactures scrimp on the quality of capacitors and solid state components by selecting devices that barely run at the temperatures generated within the cabinet. As time goes on p/n junctions break down and capacitors change values. I wish I could find devices that used mil grade components.

It really does not matter whether they are built in China or Japan. The way it works is that various companies submit proposals to the main company on how they will implement the design parameters. The one demonstrating a working unit at the lowest cost wins the contract. It is not unlike outsourcing clothes.
post #12184 of 12539
Thanks for the correction - apparently they DID make some of these in China...
post #12185 of 12539
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Originally Posted by MrHifi View Post

The one demonstrating a working unit at the lowest cost wins the contract. It is not unlike outsourcing clothes.

Art, I think that the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated uses that business model for sourcing the swimsuits. But then I haven't yet seem painted on circuit boards.

Jeff
post #12186 of 12539
Hi Jeff,

I helped a Chinese engineer improve her English a few years ago. She worked for one of many companies whose function is to implement major company designs. She would get a requirement for a particular circuit or circuit board from a company like SONY. She would have to design the circuit, find the best price for components and build a prototype. Her company would then price out the cost of supplying the module to the major manufacturer. BTW, she was very intelligent and wanted the same things you and I dream of, a home, a family and a good job.
post #12187 of 12539
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Originally Posted by jsmiddleton4 View Post

The BD30 I bought is still going strong. Sold it to a friend when I went to the BD55. I just updated the firmware for him to 2.9 yesterday.

There is no evidence that there is wide spread or unusual failure of BD30's.

One failure is a p.i.a. I agree. But to support and justify a conclusion in general about the BD30's takes more than some anecdotal evidence on this forum.

I agree.

For every person reporting here....there are likely 500 that are fine.

Squeaky wheel syndrome.
post #12188 of 12539
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Originally Posted by krisjan View Post

The BD35 was introduced less than 6 months later IIRC...

Well, here I am quoting myself. I did misremember the timing of Panny BD player introductions. The BD35 came almost a year after the BD30 (not 6 months). It was the BD60 that came soon after the BD35 - so soon, in fact, that one wonders why they even released the BD35.
post #12189 of 12539
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Originally Posted by krisjan View Post

Well, here I am quoting myself. I did misremember the timing of Panny BD player introductions. The BD35 came almost a year after the BD30 (not 6 months). It was the BD60 that came soon after the BD35 - so soon, in fact, that one wonders why they even released the BD35.



True. They discontinued the BD35 after 3 months and didn't come out with the BD60 for 2 more months, so Panny had nothing to sell for a while. The prices of BD35's on Amazon were ridiculous during the gap. The BD55 seemed to have a 1 month shelf life. Drove a lot of people around here crazy!
post #12190 of 12539
Tell you what; I could swear that all BD-30's were made in Japan though, but it seems the latest batches were made in China... good to know that, anyway
post #12191 of 12539
I have read and re-read; downloaded and burned now 4 discs and regardless my panny comes back with " disc not supported" I am using just a basic CD-R blank cd.... I have researched this to death today and coming up empty. I followed the FW instructions as well posted in this thread. Anyone offer any ideas?

Thxs
post #12192 of 12539
What firmware are you at? I recently down loaded 2.9 with no problems. But prior to that one I had the exact problem. I would mail it to you. Send me a pm if interested.
post #12193 of 12539
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Originally Posted by screener View Post

What firmware are you at? I recently down loaded 2.9 with no problems. But prior to that one I had the exact problem. I would mail it to you. Send me a pm if interested.

Thxs... sent u a pm
post #12194 of 12539
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Originally Posted by met64 View Post

I have read and re-read; downloaded and burned now 4 discs and regardless my panny comes back with " disc not supported" I am using just a basic CD-R blank cd.... I have researched this to death today and coming up empty. I followed the FW instructions as well posted in this thread. Anyone offer any ideas?

Thxs

Operating system? Burning software?
post #12195 of 12539
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Operating system? Burning software?

Hi; Thxs for the reply: I just use whatever free I can find and have used "deep burner" before with no problems.... using deep burner again now and my OS is W7 Operating bit64. Maybe its the software.... I just moved to this machine from an XP machine... this is my first attempt to use deep burner with this W7 machine? Thxs
post #12196 of 12539
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Originally Posted by met64 View Post

Hi; Thxs for the reply: I just use whatever free I can find and have used "deep burner" before with no problems.... using deep burner again now and my OS is W7 Operating bit64. Maybe its the software.... I just moved to this machine from an XP machine... this is my first attempt to use deep burner with this W7 machine? Thxs

Vista's builtin burning software produced a lot of coasters for people trying to upgrade their BD30s. I'd be that Win 7's is the same. Try one on the 3rd party free burning apps.

http://www.imgburn.com/ works on Win 7, incl 64-bit vers.
post #12197 of 12539
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Vista's builtin burning software produced a lot of coasters for people trying to upgrade their BD30s. I'd be that Win 7's is the same. Try one on the 3rd party free burning apps.

http://www.imgburn.com/ works on Win 7, incl 64-bit vers.

Thank you! Will give it a try and report back later
post #12198 of 12539
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Vista's builtin burning software produced a lot of coasters for people trying to upgrade their BD30s. I'd be that Win 7's is the same. Try one on the 3rd party free burning apps.

http://www.imgburn.com/ works on Win 7, incl 64-bit vers.

Hey pepar: THANK YOU! Worked great! Take care
post #12199 of 12539
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Originally Posted by met64 View Post

Thank you! Will give it a try and report back later

Did you know that if you burn a CD-RW with CD-R software, it will act like a CD-R except that it can be erased (with CD-RW software)? That way, no more coasters, and discs are reusable.
post #12200 of 12539
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Originally Posted by dewd View Post

And to think the BD30 was considered fast 2 years ago....

I plan to keep mine until it breaks. I can wait 45 seconds for the movie to start.

...me too...life is short but no so short that I can't wait a few extra seconds for the movie to kick in...
post #12201 of 12539
I had two BD30's working fine until one of them started to overheat and quit playing after 30 mins. or so. Panasonic told me it was a bad DVD drive. I never sent it back. About ten days ago I bought a BD30 DVD drive. It's very simple to replace and install a new one. I did that and the drive that I bought didn't work.

I decided to take my chances by swapping drives with the BD30 that was working. The drive from the BD30 that was overheating worked great. I swapped again drives and I put in the drive that I bought and it worked great also. I put the original drive back on the working BD 30. I have two BD30 DVD drives and one BD30 that is still kicking. If someone knows for sure that the BD30 DVD drive is bad PM me.
post #12202 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

I had two BD30's working fine until one of them started to overheat and quit playing after 30 mins. or so. Panasonic told me it was a bad DVD drive. I never sent it back. About ten days ago I bought a BD30 DVD drive. It's very simple to replace and install a new one. I did that and the drive that I bought didn't work.

I decided to take my chances by swapping drives with the BD30 that was working. The drive from the BD30 that was overheating worked great. I swapped again drives and I put in the drive that I bought and it worked great also. I put the original drive back on the working BD 30. I have two BD30 DVD drives and one BD30 that is still kicking. If someone knows for sure that the BD30 DVD drive is bad PM me.

Well, there's the problem. You're putting a DVD drive, and not a BD-ROM in a BD player.
post #12203 of 12539
I need to elaborate on my #12202 post. I call it a DVD drive b/c the Panasonic rep that I talked to called it that. Regardless it is a drive/part that plays CD's, SD DVD and BD DVD's. I forgot to clearly state that when I swapped both drives/part. Those two drives/part played flawlessly CD's, SD DVD's and BD DVD's. I apologize for NOT making that clear.
Thank you
post #12204 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

I need to elaborate on my #12202 post. I call it a DVD drive b/c the Panasonic rep that I talked to called it that. Regardless it is a drive/part that plays CD's, SD DVD and BD DVD's. I forgot to clearly state that when I swapped both drives/part. Those two drives/part played flawlessly CD's, SD DVD's and BD DVD's. I apologize for NOT making that clear.
Thank you

Don't sweat it. He was just busting your ... cookies.
post #12205 of 12539
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Don't sweat it. He was just busting your ... cookies.

If that is the case then his "cookie busting" is an unacceptable poor taste joke...
Don't we have a gentlemen's agreement to prevent garbage like that particularly when my post is totally relevant?
Thank you
post #12206 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Zenyatto View Post

If that is the case then his "cookie busting" is an unacceptable poor taste joke...
Don't we have a gentlemen's agreement to prevent garbage like that particularly when my post is totally relevant?
Thank you

Now .. you're busting .. my .. cookies?

Let's put this into perspective; new BD players are just a couple of hundred dollars, so how much time, energy and $$$ are you going to spend to get a 3-yr old design player working again? My experience with the BD30 is that it works until it doesn't. If it fails outside of warranty, you move on. If it's *just* outside of warranty, you gnash your teeth and curse a bit, but you move on.

Jeff
post #12207 of 12539
hello all, I have a panasonic dmp bd30 paired with a onkyo 607 receiver, infinity primus speakers and a samsung pn58b650 plasma.can anyone please help me with the optimum setting for all my devices to achieve great picture and sound,I seem to always be fiddling with everything and I am pretty green when it comes to home theater although I am learning and having a blast doing so.I have become quite addicted to this and my wife thinks I might have to go to rehab
post #12208 of 12539
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Originally Posted by jjclecky View Post

hello all, I have a panasonic dmp bd30 paired with a onkyo 607 receiver, infinity primus speakers and a samsung pn58b650 plasma.can anyone please help me with the optimum setting for all my devices to achieve great picture and sound,I seem to always be fiddling with everything and I am pretty green when it comes to home theater although I am learning and having a blast doing so.I have become quite addicted to this and my wife thinks I might have to go to rehab

First things first. Read the manual and then go by what you like. You can also buy one of those BD TV tuner discs. It will ultimately come down to what you like, but if you really are not sure, just buy one of those discs. It helped me get the contrast settings correct. The sound is to YOUR ear and no one else's.
post #12209 of 12539
All those buttons and knobs you paid for are there for a reason. Different individuals perceive sound and video differently. Fiddle away and tell your wife to find a hobby.
post #12210 of 12539
Any issues playing Avatar blu ray? Just read on Digital Bits that some blu ray players (didn't say what manufacturer) are having issues and need firmware updates due to some new digital rights protection on the disc. I am still waiting for my copy from Amazon.
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