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post #12421 of 12539
Since my collection of SDdisks fr outnumbers my BDs, and my video store still stocks a relatively small number of BluRay versions, I tend to mostly use my BD 30 for SD disks. This is a low-priority question of curiousity, rather than necessity: Why do my SD disks start and-restart with the "play" button (as on my three other Panny SD players, but the Bd disks require pressing the "OK" button to start; i.e., the remote seems dead to the play button when BD disks are involved?
post #12422 of 12539
Has anyone noticed that after the latest firmware update, our BD-30 can no longer play CD's? I am really upset. Even my HDDVVD A35 still plays CD's. BluRays and DVD's play beautifully. Panasonic, you blew it.
post #12423 of 12539
My BD30 is having lipsync issues on blu-ray. There must be a way to adjust the audio out delay but I just can't find it. Could someone please tell me where it is in the menus - Thanks
post #12424 of 12539
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Originally Posted by MrHifi View Post

Has anyone noticed that after the latest firmware update, our BD-30 can no longer play CD's? I am really upset. Even my HDDVVD A35 still plays CD's. BluRays and DVD's play beautifully. Panasonic, you blew it.

Did you try resetting the player?
post #12425 of 12539
It identifies that it is a "CD" then, it says "STOP". How does one reset the BD30? Do CD's work on your machine with 3.1 Firmware?
post #12426 of 12539
Your question made me curious, although I don't use my BD player as a CD transport. I popped in a CD and waited to see what would happen (my BD-30 is running FW 3.1 btw.). As you described, the player displayed "CD" and then "STOP", so I pushed "Play" on my remote and the disc began to play normally! The BD-30 displayed track # and time elapsed, as one might expect.
I can't remember, did it used too autoplay when a CD was inserted?
post #12427 of 12539
Thank you mackiefan!!! Mine has 3.1 too and it did play when I pushed "play" on the remote. My recollection is that it did autoplay in previous firmware versions. I am thrilled that I can still use it to play back CD's. I normally use the HDDVD A35 but due to the fact I am running out of HDMI inputs, I am considering disconnecting it permanently. Thanks again for your help. I love the BD30. Good to know it is still working. Its mass reminds me of the HiFi equipment I grew up with. Rule of thumb was that mass=quality. The BD30 ranks high on that scale.
post #12428 of 12539
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Originally Posted by mackiefan View Post

I can't remember, did it used too autoplay when a CD was inserted?

Not since I purchased mine 3 years ago. It may have before any firmware updates but not for a long time. I always had to push play.
post #12429 of 12539
Updated mine over the weekend. I hadn't visited this thread in a long time and was shokced to read about the the update.
post #12430 of 12539
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Originally Posted by audiomixer View Post

Updated mine over the weekend. I hadn't visited this thread in a long time and was shokced to read about the the update.

Panasonic is amazing for continuing to support these old players!
post #12431 of 12539
As the OP, I'm a bit concerned that no responder has addressed my original question, but I do admit that it was something of a trivial issue.
post #12432 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Jim Mohundro View Post

As the OP, I'm a bit concerned that no responder has addressed my original question, but I do admit that it was something of a trivial issue.

You have answered your own question so there is not much to say about it. But do be aware that the OK button will not work with all blu-ray discs, meaning that the blu-ray may have to be reloaded and you may have to go to the top menu to get the disc to play. This is a something that any blu-ray player might have to do.
post #12433 of 12539
Thanks for the tip. I had hoped that there would be a smooth transition to BluRay disks in a BluRay player which otherwise seems to be as straightforward and solid as the BD30. In any event, the BD disks are playable using the "OK" button and it's not a big deal to switch my otherwise fairly automatic start process to account for this difference. I've really quite enjoyed the BD30 and it still does a splendid job upscaling my SD films, some of which (even from 1930s films) are dubbed transfers from Panny VHS recordings on to my now-defunct EH80 and on that machine to DVD-Rs.
post #12434 of 12539
Another happy owner here, so far no complaints whatsoever, except that is like a turtle in terms of loading times, when compared to my Oppo BDP-80 which, in turn, seems also to be another turtle, if compared to the most recent models though, but no doubt it's a fine player indeed
post #12435 of 12539
Yes the BD30 is very slow but as I stated before, I usually load the disc,walk to the kitchen and get my beverage and then sit down and it's ready to go. I refuse to just sit there and wait for it to cycle through. I would buy a new Oppo in a minute but this thing refuses to die.
post #12436 of 12539
I've had mine since it came out at $400!!! I've updated it with all the current firmwares (3.1 bring the newest) and I couldn't be happier. I use my Tosh HDA1 for upscaling my SD collection, so, all in all, I'm a happy camper!

Side note, this player is in my dedicated home theater.
post #12437 of 12539
The BD30 is no longer in my dedicated theater but is still in use. Still works.
post #12438 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sharp1080 View Post

Yes the BD30 is very slow but as I stated before, I usually load the disc,walk to the kitchen and get my beverage and then sit down and it's ready to go. I refuse to just sit there and wait for it to cycle through. I would buy a new Oppo in a minute but this thing refuses to die.

Slow is not a problem for me...
post #12439 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sharp1080 View Post

Yes the BD30 is very slow but as I stated before, I usually load the disc,walk to the kitchen and get my beverage and then sit down and it's ready to go. I refuse to just sit there and wait for it to cycle through. I would buy a new Oppo in a minute but this thing refuses to die.

Consider buying an oppo 93 anyway. The one and only thing that the BD-30 can do that the 93 won't is to play film audio at 1.5x. This is handy if you want to zip through a Netflix dvd or BR. The 93 will do lots of stuff that the BD-30 cannot: play SACDs, DVD-A's, read out bit rate of film, indicate what the audio is running in film (DTS, Dolby Digital, etc), update firmware via an ethernet connection, do BD live (which I don't use), etc).
post #12440 of 12539
I've had the BD30 for a few years and never a problem.

Now every time I use it the screen says "STEP 1" . i can't get to any menus. Did anyone have this issue?
post #12441 of 12539
I bought mine shortly after its release, and it has always been working fine for me, but we have gradually drifted into relying on more streaming programming than BluRay.

I recently bought the Disney WOW High Def Calibration Disk, and the BD30 just can't read it, invariable goes through attempts to read, and finally tells me it is unable to read. The same DVD works fine on the two other players that I tried it on. The BD30 doesn't show any errors on any other disk, though. Updating to the most current firmware (31) didn't help, not did using a cleaning disk on it.

This afternoon, I opened it up, I didn't see any obvious mechanical issues, and the lasers appear spotless.
post #12442 of 12539
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Originally Posted by fookoo_2010 View Post


Consider buying an oppo 93 anyway. The one and only thing that the BD-30 can do that the 93 won't is to play film audio at 1.5x. This is handy if you want to zip through a Netflix dvd or BR. The 93 will do lots of stuff that the BD-30 cannot: play SACDs, DVD-A's, read out bit rate of film, indicate what the audio is running in film (DTS, Dolby Digital, etc), update firmware via an ethernet connection, do BD live (which I don't use), etc).



Just installed the new projector (JVC RS55). I have a friend that's an A/V dealer, what a friend right? It now appears I will be getting an Oppo 93 next month. He offered the same advice.The BD30 is so SLOW at reading discs plus I will have the 3D option if I choose to use it. Thanks for the feedback already ahead of you.biggrin.gif
post #12443 of 12539
I'm having problems with my BD 30 too. I downloaded the 3.1 firmware update and installed it then I took the cover off and cleaned the spindle with a qtip and alcohol.
I'm still getting read errors. It seems to be able to read the disks 30% of the time but there is no real pattern that makes sense to me. I can order the cleaning disk as a last resort if you guys think that will help. I appreciate the info here and I have read and followed the advise but new firmware and cleaning the spindle did not fix the problem I'm having with read errors.
post #12444 of 12539
Have the same problems with my BD55 and tried the same fixes. I was told that it is most likely a blue laser going bad and can be fixed by Panasonic if I want to send it in. Does yours still play DVDs?

I ended up ordering a new BDT500 to use as my primary player and will put this one in the bedroom and send off to get fixed later as mine still plays DVDs just fine and plays blu-rays at times.
post #12445 of 12539
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Originally Posted by PeterK View Post

Have the same problems with my BD55 and tried the same fixes. I was told that it is most likely a blue laser going bad and can be fixed by Panasonic if I want to send it in. Does yours still play DVDs?
I ended up ordering a new BDT500 to use as my primary player and will put this one in the bedroom and send off to get fixed later as mine still plays DVDs just fine and plays blu-rays at times.

Mine does still play regular DVD's. I don't see where it would be economic sense to send it in for repair. Where can I get the drive unit at low cost and just replace it myself??
Otherwise I'm just gonna have to stop watching B-ray and frankly I'm not inclined to go out on a limb again and invest in another unit.
post #12446 of 12539
Yeah that happened to my old DMP-BD35 player as well a couple years back, stopped reading blu-rays but still played DVDs.
Luckily it happened just before the one year warranty was up, so a Panasonic-authorized repair facility fixed it by replacing the drive, only cost me shipping to them about $10.
Hasn't had a problem since then for over 2 years now.

But if your warranty is up, I would recommend getting one of the newer 2011 or 2012 Panasonic blu-ray players now.
I recently bought a BDT-210 (2011 model) manufacturer refurbished (like new) for a big discount and it loads and runs much quicker than the old BD35 did, plus I wanted 3D capability.
I highly recommend the new faster loading Panasonic models.
post #12447 of 12539
Quote:
Originally Posted by BriscoCountyJr View Post

Yeah that happened to my old DMP-BD35 player as well a couple years back, stopped reading blu-rays but still played DVDs.
Luckily it happened just before the one year warranty was up, so a Panasonic-authorized repair facility fixed it by replacing the drive, only cost me shipping to them about $10.
Hasn't had a problem since then for over 2 years now.
But if your warranty is up, I would recommend getting one of the newer 2011 or 2012 Panasonic blu-ray players now.
I recently bought a BDT-210 (2011 model) manufacturer refurbished (like new) for a big discount and it loads and runs much quicker than the old BD35 did, plus I wanted 3D capability.
I highly recommend the new faster loading Panasonic models.

I see that refurbs of the 210 are under $90 but there are enough negative reviews of the 210 to make me prefer the 220. I think the WIFI for Netflix might be good if the user interface is good.

I was able to get it to read War Horse tonight so I thought it was working but half way through the picture broke up and pixelated. It looks like the Blu ray laser pickup is shot. I'm tempted to pick up a BD220 although the reviews are mixed on Amazon. Just wait and view DVD's for a few months or pick up a player now... that's the issue.
Edited by WLSINWI - 7/18/12 at 7:30pm
post #12448 of 12539
Hi. Maybe this is a silly question. Go easy on me, it's my first post!

I have just read that the BDP-BD30 does not decode high resolution formats. Yeah, I know, 4 years later. Anyhow, I also read that the solution should be to set it up so it sends via bitstream to my home theatre system. My AV Receiver is an Onkyo NR-609 and has Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding. Would I get better audio output if I set it to send as bitstream? Would the video be compromised at all?

I dont understand these things too well at all so excuse my ignorance!
Edited by Shadey123 - 11/1/12 at 6:34am
post #12449 of 12539
I think I just answered my own question, looks like I'm better off with bitstream, let the AV do the work.
post #12450 of 12539
Correct!
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