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post #241 of 12538
Hello,
Quick question here... can the DMP-BD30 output 1080i over HDMI? I have not been able to find any literature to support this.
Thanks
post #242 of 12538
I think a lot of it depends on your display and 1080p/24... Some can be sharper then others...
post #243 of 12538
Oh yeah, 1080i over HDMI... It sure does...
post #244 of 12538
Joe is there a player you dont own? lol you are worse then me.
post #245 of 12538
I got the BD30 today.Im taking it back every one looks blue on all my blu ray disks.So back it gos
post #246 of 12538
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Originally Posted by shiznit View Post

hey guys,

can someone please post some hi-res pictures of the dmp-bd30?? some of the front and back and even the box would be nice...

thanks much in advance!

s


Here are two i found to hold you over.









post #247 of 12538
I know. I am sick! I plan to get the new Denon to. Which is why I am selling my newer 95FD...
post #248 of 12538
As others are starting to file in to the new BD30 gang, I have joined also with a 10% off CC coupon and some remaining rewards certs. My observations from playing 3 BD discs last night are as follows:

The images seem a touch sharper and the colors, especially reds and blues seem a little more vibrant than playback on the PS3. Load times are quicker than the PS3. I love the weight and small footprint. Fits great inside an already full component rack.

Audio is what we all bought this for, I assume. The bitstream to my Elite 92 is what we are paying for and it does not disappoint. The Dave Matthews BD playback as compared to the PS3 decding into PCM was much nicer. The center channel seemed more pronounced on the Panny than the PS3, where it seemed more laid back. I have one confusing observation though. On playback of X-Men3, that has DTS-HDMA 6.1, the receiver lights up correctly and even displays the 6th channel!! But, much to my surprise, an old friend poked out. Before the main movie begins, the good ole 'dial norm' shows up on the receiver for a quick second. Now I am aware that TrueHD is said to apply dial norm, this is still under discussion on different threads, but no where have I seen dial norm being applied to a DTS-HDMA track. I almost feel cheated. Is this normal for this disc, or for all DTS-HDMA discs? I only have the one to check it against now. I am curious to others observations, as I was under the impression that DTS-HDMA is the studio master and no dial norm or other processing is ever applied.

Overall, the $435 price, quick load times, better PQ than the PS3 and the all important bitstream of ALL the audio codecs is more than worth the investment to anyone that has a capable receiver.
post #249 of 12538
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Originally Posted by jcs913 View Post

As others are starting to file in to the new BD30 gang, I have joined also with a 10% off CC coupon and some remaining rewards certs. My observations from playing 3 BD discs last night are as follows:

The images seem a touch sharper and the colors, especially reds and blues seem a little more vibrant than playback on the PS3. Load times are quicker than the PS3. I love the weight and small footprint. Fits great inside an already full component rack.

Audio is what we all bought this for, I assume. The bitstream to my Elite 92 is what we are paying for and it does not disappoint. The Dave Matthews BD playback as compared to the PS3 decding into PCM was much nicer. The center channel seemed more pronounced on the Panny than the PS3, where it seemed more laid back. I have one confusing observation though. On playback of X-Men3, that has DTS-HDMA 6.1, the receiver lights up correctly and even displays the 6th channel!! But, much to my surprise, an old friend poked out. Before the main movie begins, the good ole 'dial norm' shows up on the receiver for a quick second. Now I am aware that TrueHD is said to apply dial norm, this is still under discussion on different threads, but no where have I seen dial norm being applied to a DTS-HDMA track. I almost feel cheated. Is this normal for this disc, or for all DTS-HDMA discs? I only have the one to check it against now. I am curious to others observations, as I was under the impression that DTS-HDMA is the studio master and no dial norm or other processing is ever applied.

Overall, the $435 price, quick load times, better PQ than the PS3 and the all important bitstream of ALL the audio codecs is more than worth the investment to anyone that has a capable receiver.


I just checked out XMEN 3 and did not get the dial norm message on my 885 (I do get this brief message with some discs).
post #250 of 12538
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Originally Posted by VeniceDre View Post


I Don't have Spiderman 2 so I was wondering if anyone has tried this Disc yet since so many were having probs with it.



Spiderman 2 works great!
post #251 of 12538
I encountered a lip sync issue with Spider-man 2 about 30 or so minutes into the movie. I hit "Stop" then "Play" with no further issues - receiver is a Pioneer Elite VSX-91TXH.
post #252 of 12538
I would like a new receiver to decode the lossless audio. Who is using the panny with a receiver that can do that and how compatible are they together?

Paul
post #253 of 12538
I do have one gripe about the DMP-BD30... What the heck is up with the big "blue" LED on the front of the unit? I thought it was called Blu-ray, not Aqua-ray! Panasonic should fire the colorblind engineer that made that decision! The LEDs on the front of my HD DVD player and the new Pioneer 94TXH are a much more sexy deep dark blue!

Is there anyway to tone it down? The BD30's nose is much brighter than the other two as well. I don't see a dimmer function on the remote. (The Universal Remote Control codes for the BD10 had a brightness button but it doesn't seem to work with the BD30.)

Mark
post #254 of 12538
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Booth View Post

I do have one gripe about the DMP-BD30... What the heck is up with the big "blue" LED on the front of the unit? I thought it was called Blu-ray, not Aqua-ray! Panasonic should fire the colorblind engineer that made that decision! The LEDs on the front of my HD DVD player and the new Pioneer 94TXH are a much more sexy deep dark blue!

Is there anyway to tone it down? The BD30's nose is much brighter than the other two as well. I don't see a dimmer function on the remote. (The Universal Remote Control codes for the BD10 had a brightness button but it doesn't seem to work with the BD30.)

Mark

If by tone down, you mean turn all the way off... yes. Go into the setup menu and down to 'Display' then turn 'SD Card LED Control' to "Off."
post #255 of 12538
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Originally Posted by Toe View Post

I just checked out XMEN 3 and did not get the dial norm message on my 885 (I do get this brief message with some discs).

I thought dial norm (dialog normalization) was strictly a Dolby Digital thing. That's probably why you're not seeing it on a DTS sound track.
post #256 of 12538
My Wife likes the teal color better... It should be blue... But if that is the most to complain about I think we are all good...
post #257 of 12538
I currently have a Sony BDP-S301 that I bought at Costco 2 weeks ago. It's decent but load times are pretty slow (v3.2 firmware). I have until forever to take it back, as it does not fall under the 90 day return policy like tv sets, computers and some other electronic items do currently.

I can get the Panny 30K for $63 less than I paid for the Sony S301 unit (through my EPP website). I'm hearing the Panny has a "sharper" picture and load times are faster. Sounds like I should take back the Sony and opt for the Panny 30K, as the claims I'm hearing here of a sharper picture alone would be the most critical thing here.
post #258 of 12538
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post

I thought dial norm (dialog normalization) was strictly a Dolby Digital thing. That's probably why you're not seeing it on a DTS sound track.


I was replying to the post above mine in which the poster saw the dial norm pop up for this DTS mix.


My initial impressions from scanning a few discs is the image seems a touch sharper than the PS3. Not night and day, but definately a bit sharper. Load times are fantastic! Loved seeing TrueHD and DTS-MA pop up on the pre/pro.

One question, I assume the black control should be set at darker instead of lighter? I have only viewed on darker and everything looks good. What are you guys using for this?
post #259 of 12538
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

My Wife likes the teal color better... It should be blue... But if that is the most to complain about I think we are all good...

I have custom made a darker blue insert and placed it over the aqua...So now it's correct...
post #260 of 12538
I plan to really work with this unit today. I did put in Ratatouille, fantastic 4: ROTSS, Reign Over Me and Cars (all on Blu ray) to check them out. I was very impressed. I would have to give the nod in SHARPNESS to the Panny over my Pioneer 95FD. They are very close but when I put it in the FINE setting I was able to dial it in with my crystalio II and Black Pearl to get that little extra more. Reign Over Me looked very solid. I love using that movie to check my Black Levels. The 30K handled it nicely. Ratatouille looked amazing (as usual) and so did Cars. I love the vivid colors in Cars. That title is pure eye candy. Fantastic 4 also looked very good. Sending the DTS-HD to my Onkyo 905 yielded excellent results. I will do SD titles today and compare the 95FD, A35 and XA2... More to come...
post #261 of 12538
HDMAN, how did you do that?
post #262 of 12538
Hey, Panny owners: I'd been looking at the DMP-BD10AK, because of the dvd-audio playback. Then someone suggested I wait for the DMP-BD30 model. I believe that is because the DMP-BD10 models are version 1, and the DMP-BD30 models are version 1.1? Is this correct, and if not, what is the advantage of the DMP-BD30 models over the DMP-BD10 models? Thanks.
post #263 of 12538
1080p/24 playback and bitstream audio to newer receivers so they can decode the newer advanced audio codecs... Plus very fast LOAD times...
post #264 of 12538
Quote:
Originally Posted by joerod View Post

1080p/24 playback and bitstream audio to newer receivers so they can decode the newer advanced audio codecs... Plus very fast LOAD times...

Any plans for a DMP-BD30AK (with DVD-Audio)?
post #265 of 12538
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Booth View Post

I do have one gripe about the DMP-BD30... What the heck is up with the big "blue" LED on the front of the unit? I thought it was called Blu-ray, not Aqua-ray! Panasonic should fire the colorblind engineer that made that decision! The LEDs on the front of my HD DVD player and the new Pioneer 94TXH are a much more sexy deep dark blue!

Is there anyway to tone it down? The BD30's nose is much brighter than the other two as well. I don't see a dimmer function on the remote. (The Universal Remote Control codes for the BD10 had a brightness button but it doesn't seem to work with the BD30.)

Mark

The big blue light on front is for the sd card and can be set to on/off in setup.
post #266 of 12538
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcs913 View Post

As others are starting to file in to the new BD30 gang, I have joined also with a 10% off CC coupon and some remaining rewards certs. My observations from playing 3 BD discs last night are as follows:

The images seem a touch sharper and the colors, especially reds and blues seem a little more vibrant than playback on the PS3. Load times are quicker than the PS3. I love the weight and small footprint. Fits great inside an already full component rack.

Audio is what we all bought this for, I assume. The bitstream to my Elite 92 is what we are paying for and it does not disappoint. The Dave Matthews BD playback as compared to the PS3 decding into PCM was much nicer. The center channel seemed more pronounced on the Panny than the PS3, where it seemed more laid back. I have one confusing observation though. On playback of X-Men3, that has DTS-HDMA 6.1, the receiver lights up correctly and even displays the 6th channel!! But, much to my surprise, an old friend poked out. Before the main movie begins, the good ole 'dial norm' shows up on the receiver for a quick second. Now I am aware that TrueHD is said to apply dial norm, this is still under discussion on different threads, but no where have I seen dial norm being applied to a DTS-HDMA track. I almost feel cheated. Is this normal for this disc, or for all DTS-HDMA discs? I only have the one to check it against now. I am curious to others observations, as I was under the impression that DTS-HDMA is the studio master and no dial norm or other processing is ever applied.

Overall, the $435 price, quick load times, better PQ than the PS3 and the all important bitstream of ALL the audio codecs is more than worth the investment to anyone that has a capable receiver.


I have a Pioneer Elite 91 and saw the dialnorm coming up for the DTS-HD track of X-men III, as well. I wonder if it's something in the receiver that's doing this?
post #267 of 12538
Quote:
Originally Posted by billymerritt View Post

The big blue light on front is for the sd card and can be set to on/off in setup.

Well now I feel like a bozo... Easy to change the color with darker blue clear plastic insert.
post #268 of 12538
I already did that with the blue filter that came with one of my calibration dvds... Just snip half an inch off and use small pieces of black electrical tape... I must be bored today... Thanks for the idea HDMAN...

At least it matches the rest of my equipment...
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post #269 of 12538
Does the 30K have settings to adjust the sharpnes? I thought I was reading here that it did, but I have not been able to find it.

If it is there, could someone tell me how to do that - or point me to where it is in the manual?

Thx
post #270 of 12538
Hit DISPLAY then go to video. From there you have the picture options. When you come to USER tap OK on the remote and then you will have many picture adjustments. Actually, it may be the most I have seen offered on any Blu ray or dvd player...
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