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post #151 of 12539
Well I just got this player, was no problem to hook up and connect, immediately connected with 1060/24p to my sim2 projector...The Descent on Bluray sure looks great!
post #152 of 12539
One thing I found out today was that when watching a 4:3 movie, there were white bars on the sides. I popped the same movie into my A2 and the bars were black. Very odd.
post #153 of 12539
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I'm quite surprised that with the lack of internal lossless audio decoding that this was allowed to be a Profile 1.1 player...

Profile 1.1 has nothing to do with audio. 1.1 mandates a minimum amount of persistent storage and dual video decoders for PiP functionality. Mandatory audio support was established in Profile 1.0, which all BD players must meet, and this new Panasonic obviously does. Unlike HD DVD, internal decoding of advanced audio codecs is not mandatory in Blu-ray.
post #154 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Ace of Space View Post

One thing I found out today was that when watching a 4:3 movie, there were white bars on the sides. I popped the same movie into my A2 and the bars were black. Very odd.

Go into the settings and change it to "16:9 Full" and all will be well.
post #155 of 12539
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Originally Posted by cmepasu View Post

Go into the settings and change it to "16:9 Full" and all will be well.

What happens to 16:9 movies when set to "16:9 Full"? Are any of the edges clipped?

Thanks...
post #156 of 12539
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Originally Posted by OhioLefty View Post

What happens to 16:9 movies when set to "16:9 Full"? Are any of the edges clipped?

Thanks...

According to the manual and the on-screen info, the only thing the 16:9 Full setting affects is 4:3 material.

Good luck, this is a great player. It and my Toshiba A35 work well with my Denon 4308.
post #157 of 12539
Wow, I just noticed that the BD30 is upscaling standard DVD to 1080P 60 and sending it to my projector this way...
post #158 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Ace of Space View Post

One thing I found out today was that when watching a 4:3 movie, there were white bars on the sides. I popped the same movie into my A2 and the bars were black. Very odd.

To solve this, turn off the screen saver setting in the display settings.
post #159 of 12539
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Originally Posted by TheHDMan View Post

Wow, I just noticed that the BD30 is upscaling standard DVD to 1080P 60 and sending it to my projector this way...

I guess this isn't such a big deal after all...I didn't think it would do it...The Pioneer Elite allows this when set to 1080P but I didn't think the Panny would do it...But I guess the more I think about it, I guess it would...
post #160 of 12539
I got one of these today as well and I feel the PQ is better than the PS3. I do have a question though. I have the Onkyo 705 and cannot get the DTS HD-MA or TrueHD logos to light up. Any suggestions for setting on both pieces of equipment to achieve this?

~Josh
post #161 of 12539
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Originally Posted by beatboy77 View Post

I got one of these today as well and I feel the PQ is better than the PS3. I do have a question though. I have the Onkyo 705 and cannot get the DTS HD-MA or TrueHD logos to light up. Any suggestions for setting on both pieces of equipment to achieve this?

~Josh

Go to audio and set everything to bitstream and then at the bottom, set that to off.
post #162 of 12539
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Originally Posted by beatboy77 View Post

I got one of these today as well and I feel the PQ is better than the PS3. I do have a question though. I have the Onkyo 705 and cannot get the DTS HD-MA or TrueHD logos to light up. Any suggestions for setting on both pieces of equipment to achieve this?

~Josh

I think the only time they come on is when your using a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD disc that has this sound format on it as a choice. I have the 705 in a upstairs system, could not pass up the sweet deal ******* had on them, but I haven't had a chance to play around with the different audio formats yet.
post #163 of 12539
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I have the Onkyo 705 and cannot get the DTS HD-MA or TrueHD logos to light up. Any suggestions for setting on both pieces of equipment to achieve this?

I don't know about the Onkyo, but in the BD30 audio setup, on the screen where you select either "Bitstream" or "PCM" for the various codecs, everything should be set to "Bitstream" then there is another setting at the bottom of that page for secondary audio. Turn that off.
post #164 of 12539
i got a dmp-bd30 today and it was defective out of the box; there was snow throughout the picture. i had pulled my old bd player which worked just fine and replaced this one with the same connections. vwent to cc and tried the player on their tvs and got the same result. i swapped for a second unit which i have yet to hook up. i will write back when i do. my samsung 71 series is going to mesh well with this player i think.

i will say that it's small and light. it loks more like a regular dvd payer and it's build quality is much less impressive than the sony 300 or the older DMP10. it's not terrible, but not impressive. this is the only thing i will comment on until i get it going. i'll post more later.
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post #166 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Kage View Post

To solve this, turn off the screen saver setting in the display settings.

Ah, that makes sense. I'll try that, thanks.
post #167 of 12539
ok thanks for the information also just curious I know when watching a 16:9 movies some movies still have the black lines top and bottom just wanted to know if you can zoom on this player to fill the screen.Why I am asking is have the panasonic bd10k and does not fill screen. and for some reason the zoom function on my tv will not work when panny is playing when have the player off the function reappears to change aspect to 4:3 16:9 and zoom.
post #168 of 12539
Does the BD30 have resume play after power off for SD and BR? Also if you hit stop during BR playback (eg. to access menu) will it resume where you stopped?

Bill
post #169 of 12539
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Originally Posted by TheHDMan View Post

Go to audio and set everything to bitstream and then at the bottom, set that to off.

Thanks! That solved the issue. I had the Secondary Audio set on and I turned it to off and everything shows-up on the Receiver's display now.

I also just tried the BD-J enabled game on Ratatouille, "Gasteau's Gourmet Game" and it worked fine, so it appears BD-J works fine with this machine as well.

I also just listened to several scenes from "Close Encounters" in both TrueHD and DTS-HD MA and all I can say is WOW! DTS-HD MA ROCKS!!! Listen to the Fox Intro on Xmen-3 for some reference quality audio as well!!!

~Josh
post #170 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Does the BD30 have resume play after power off for SD and BR? Also if you hit stop during BR playback (eg. to access menu) will it resume where you stopped?

Bill

Yes, as long as the disc isn't Java.
post #171 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Brad Ley View Post

Yes, as long as the disc isn't Java.

Brad,

Thanks for the info. Now if I could only find a CC or BB that has one in stock in the So. NH area.

Bill
post #172 of 12539
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Originally Posted by TheHDMan View Post

Okay...here is what I think. There is no sense in going into an elaborate review, because most of the previous comparisions are acurate...The Panny is definitely quicker on loading, (although the tray is cheap sounding and clunky compared to the smooth sliding 95FD)...PQ as far as I can tell is identical. I originally thought the 95FD was a bit sharper but after watching over and over, I honestly can see no difference...Upscaling also appears to be identical...(which I was surprised)...Both players have a slight delay on chapter skip, but I actually prefer the Panny on Chapter skip, FF and RW. You cannot go wrong with either of these units...Both play Surfs Up and Spiderman without issues. I will keep both these units... The 95FD will stay seated in my Theater and the Panny is going in the bedroom...

I have a question and I'm not asking to be combative. I'm genuinely interested in the answer. If you feel that the Panasonic and Pioneer are equal in every technical aspect, yet prefer the functionality of the Panasonic in addition to the much faster load times, why are keeping the Pioneer in your theater (where I would assume most of your Blu-ray viewing occurs)? What benefits are the Pioneer providing that keeps it in the main system?
post #173 of 12539
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Originally Posted by patrick99 View Post

No matter what the display size it's still the same number of pixels. I think my viewing distance compensates for screen size. Since you say you won't answer any more questions on PQ I won't bother to ask what type of comparison method you used to arrive at your conclusion that the PQ was "certainly more detailed" than the PS3. I won't ask whether you had two copies of the same title, one in each player, switching back and forth to view the same scenes as close in time as possible, which is what I did.

Patrick, I just have to ask... Why do you care what I think or how I came to my conclusions? You've got the player right in front of you in your own system. You can make that determination on your own. If you don't feel like its good enough for your needs, take it back. You're looking for validation of a purchase that you just made, but only you can provide that. Myself and most everyone else here that has bought this player agree that it appears to the be the best overall Blu-ray player released. You either agree with that opinion, or you don't.

Worst case scenario, the image quality is identical to the PS3, but you still get audio bitstreaming support, profile 1.1, IR remote ability, no fans, resume on most BDs and DVDs even after the unit is turned off, and front display (one of the things I hated most about the PS3 is that I couldn't see how far I was into a film without pulling up the on-screen display). To me, even if the picture quality was 100% identical to the PS3, the Panny offers so many other benefits that it wouldn't matter. The PS3 is out of my system for good.
post #174 of 12539
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Originally Posted by Brad Ley View Post

I have a question and I'm not asking to be combative. I'm genuinely interested in the answer. If you feel that the Panasonic and Pioneer are equal in every technical aspect, yet prefer the functionality of the Panasonic in addition to the much faster load times, why are keeping the Pioneer in your theater (where I would assume most of your Blu-ray viewing occurs)? What benefits are the Pioneer providing that keeps it in the main system?

The answer is simple...The 95FD is a work of art compared to the Panny. It has a smooth as silk loading tray, excellent build quality, Shiny piano black finish, (It matches my surround receiver), Plus I like to switch resolutions from the remote...The loading times really don't bother me that much either...I feel the Pioneer will last a long time and have excellent resale value if I do decide to sell it down the road. I guess I'm still in love with the 95FD... Oh, I might add...My bedroom has a 1080P projector showing on a 133" screen so it's no slouch compared to my theater setup...:0)
post #175 of 12539
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Originally Posted by TheHDMan View Post

The answer is simple...The 95FD is a work of art compared to the Panny. It has a smooth as silk loading tray, excellent build quality, Shiny piano black finish, (It matches my surround receiver), Plus I like to switch resolutions from the remote...The loading times really don't bother me that much either...I feel the Pioneer will last a long time and have excellent resale value if I do decide to sell it down the road. I guess I'm still in love with the 95FD...

That makes sense. I kind of thought that might be the case after looking at your 95 sitting on top of your other Elite gear.
post #176 of 12539
Yep...see amendment to my above post...
post #177 of 12539
So how's the SD-DVD playback on the BD30? I'm debating between this and the PS3, especially if the PS3 comes out with DTS-MA support soon.

This will be my only player and I have lots of SD-DVD's, so I need it to be good. I know it will not be "Reon" good, but I'm hoping it will be at least equal to the PS3, which I hear is equal to the Toshiba A20/30/35.
post #178 of 12539
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Originally Posted by ekimzulad View Post

So how's the SD-DVD playback on the BD30? I'm debating between this and the PS3, especially if the PS3 comes out with DTS-MA support soon.

This will be my only player and I have lots of SD-DVD's, so I need it to be good. I know it will not be "Reon" good, but I'm hoping it will be at least equal to the PS3, which I hear is equal to the Toshiba A20/30/35.

I was "very" surprised at how good the Panny outputs upscaled DVD's. It is outputting 1080P/60 right now to my 1080P projector...I am currently watching "The 6th Day" with Arnold and I swear it looks like actual HD content!...
post #179 of 12539
Hey, I just got in the club!!!

I finally found one at a CC about 1 hour from me. Had a friend pick it up for me. Got the 10% off thanks to this board.

My thanks. Installing tonight.....
post #180 of 12539
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Originally Posted by phansson View Post

Hey, I just got in the club!!!

I finally found one at a CC about 1 hour from me. Had a friend pick it up for me. Got the 10% off thanks to this board.

My thanks. Installing tonight.....

Congrats...will look forward to your observations...
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