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The used Panasonic DMP-BD65 player arrived today. Looks to be in great shape. Had firmware 1.60 installed in it.
Powered it right up and did some testing. All seems to work just fine. I can confirm it is free of cinavia!
This is a very nice player! No 3D, but it apparently supports streaming (no built-in wi-fi so I'll have to connect it to an access point to test that).
Then I installed the newest firmware 1.62 (downloaded and burned a cd-r. It worked perfectly).
Equipment: the Panasonic DMP-BD65 connected via hdmi to my Yamaha RX-V3900.
Some settings include: "Seamless Play" & "HDMI Audio" On, "Audio Reformatting" & "Secondary Audio" Off.
We watched "John Wick" this evening (well . . I watched it while my wife used her laptop, knitted, read, made faces every time the world began getting shot up or exploded, etc. . . :-). I selected Dolby Atmos audio in the player, the receiver saw 7.2 channels Dolby TrueHD coming down the line to it & the movie played perfectly . . no audio dropouts of any kind.
PQ & AQ were excellent, the player seems fast enough to me (even without "Quick Start" activated). But I confess to not being terribly concerned about how long a player or movie takes to boot up.
I'll test again for cinavia tomorrow to confirm firmware 1.62 is ok (but I am 99% certain 1.62 is clean).
Overall, I think this player will serve us well in a secondary system.
Update: I can now confirm that firmware 1.62 in the DMP-BD65 is free of cinavia.
More updates: I've been playing around and experimenting with this player. It works fine, continues to provide excellent pq & aq on all 100% "compliant" blu-rays thrown at it. I threw in the compliant comment, as Panasonic players (all of them, apparently) are pretty finicky about this "compliant" issue. I have a couple of burned BD-REs that have some TV episodes we missed. I grab shows like this off the net to burn to BD-RE, watch once, and then re-use the disc. My Sony players have absolutely no problem playing them just fine. But the Panny's (I have both a BD55 & 65) will do strange things with them - doubling the video image side by side on the screen - unless I transcode them to make sure they are 100% compliant. I found a fair amount of discussion traffic about this, so I know it isn't something unique to my 2 particular players. The problem is not playing burned media - it handles both BD-R and BD-RE media fine. It's just a question of how the video on the disc is formatted, apparently. Just a heads-up . . .
Update: I picked up another used Panasonic DMP-BD65 just because it was so cheap ($25 shipped, no tax). I updated its firmware to 1.62 and it also works perfectly.
A long-time audio/video addict!
Last edited by Rich86; 06-13-2015 at 05:59 PM.