|Item Weight||5.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.9 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches|
|Item model number||DMP-BD55K|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Specification Met||Energy Star|
Panasonic DMP-BD55K Blu-ray Disc Player
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- Blu-ray Player
- BD Live / 7.1 Lossless Decode and Analog Output
- VIERA Link: Operate with your VIERA Remote Control
- SD Card Slot
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Amazon.com Product Description Panasonic's two new slim, BD-Live compatible, feature-filled Blu-ray players, the DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55, offer cutting edge technologies focused on producing the ultimate movie-viewing experience.
The BD35 and BD55 both feature an HD Audio Decoder (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTSTM-HD Master Audio Essential), delivering 7.1-channel surround sound through a 7.1-channel receiver equipped with an HDMI terminal. The DMP-BD55 features high-end audio components and can also output analog signals for 7.1-channel sound, so even receivers that are not compatible with HDMI can produce the newest 7.1-channel surround sound.
Both models are equipped with an SD Memory Card slot that makes it easy to transfer images from an HD camcorder or digital still camera that uses SD Memory Cards and are compatible with Panasonic’s VIERA Link function so they can be operated by the VIERA HDTV remote control.
The combination of a Panasonic Blu-ray player, Home Theater audio system and a VIERA HDTV converts the home entertainment experience into a true-to-life cinematic experience. Consumers can now view and enjoy movies the way the film maker intended -- in stunning High Definition video and audio – right from the comfort of their own home.
True-To-Life ColorsThe PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus video processor was developed after more than 15 years of collaboration between Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory and professional cinema studios in Hollywood. With PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, users viewing content on Blu-ray Discs enjoy crisp, vivid colors that are extremely close to the original. A high-precision 4:4:4 function creates video signals in which each pixel of the signal from the Blu-ray Disc is color-compensated, so when the player is connected to a Panasonic VIERA HDTV, the colors are even sharper and more vivid.
UniPhier SystemUniPhier is a Panasonic-created system LSI developed by applying 45-nanometer processing to a consumer product – a world’s first. This single-chip integration technology also contributes greatly to the BD35’s world's slimmest height of 49mm.
Blu-ray Video Features
See Everything Your HDTV Can Show You with Full HD.
6 Times the Picture Data on DVDs
24p True Cinema Video Output
Backwards compatible and Upscaling
|Blu-ray Disc has 5x more storage capacity than DVD, which allows more content to fit on the disc. The extra storage capacity also means more room for special features like inline navigation, Bonus View, interactive games, deleted scenes, director commentary and more|
|Navigate to special features, other scenes, or settings without leaving the content you are watching. ||Bonus View lets you watch special features and commentary inline without leaving the movie. |
|In the digital world, picture quality is not just about resolution, but also about bit rates. The higher the bit rate, the more data that is processed, typically resulting in higher video quality. DVDs have a maximum video bit rate of about 10 megabits per second (Mbps). In comparison, Blu-ray Disc is capable of video bitrates up to an incredible 40 Mbps. The bottom line, higher bit rates allow for the least amount of data compression for HD video that looks closest to the original video source. |
|Both the BD35 and BD55 feature BD-Live compatibility which enables users to connect to the Internet to download images, subtitles and other data, and take part in interactive activities and multi-player games linked to bonus cinema content found on Blu-ray Discs. |
BD-Live is a Blu-ray feature that enables you to access special content via an internet-connected Blu-ray player. Because it's not coded into the disc, BD-Live content is always updated, always fresh. With BD-Live, your Blu-ray disc is different every time you view it.
Check out the latest previews, download special scenes, exclusive features and ringtones, and participate in online communities or games.
As BD-Live continues to grow and expand, even more features will become available, customizing features and content to your location or preferences.
Life-Like Surround Sound
The BD35 and BD55 both feature an HD Audio Decoder (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTSTM-HD Master Audio Essential), which supports the 7.1-channel surround sound newly adopted in Blu-ray Discs. Users can enjoy 7.1-channel surround even with systems that do not support HD Audio -- as long as the DMP-BD35/55 is connected to a 7.1-channel receiver equipped with an HDMI terminal. The DMP-BD55 can also output analog signals for 7.1-channel sound, so even receivers that are not compatible with HDMI can produce the newest 7.1-channel surround sound by simply connecting to the DMP-BD55.
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby’s next-generation lossless technology developed for high-definition disc-based media, delivers tantalizing sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master.
- Delivers enthralling studio-master-quality sound that unlocks the true high-definition entertainment experience on next-generation discs.
- Offers more discrete channels than ever before for impeccable surround sound.
- Compatible with the A/V receivers and home-theaters-in-a-box (HTIBs) of today and tomorrow.
- Dialogue normalization maintains the same volume level when you change to other Dolby Digital and Dolby TrueHD programming.
- Dynamic range control (Night mode) enables you to customize audio playback to reduce peak volume levels (no loud surprises) while experiencing all the details in the soundtrack, enabling late-night viewing of high-energy surround sound without disturbing others.
The Panasonic BD55 goes a step further with a high-end audio design and components. Thanks to a 192kHz 24bit audio digital-analog converter and high quality insulators, electrolytic capacitors, copper-foil film capacitors and ultra-low-impedance electrolytic capacitors, the DMP-BD55 delivers the same kind of exciting surround effect and lifelike ambience as today's finest cinemas. The DMP-BD55 can also output analog signals for 7.1-channel sound, so even receivers that are not compatible with HDMI can produce the newest 7.1-channel surround sound by simply connecting to the DMP-BD55.
RGB Color Range
xvYCC Color Range
|Standard RGB color space allows the display of a portion of the colors that are viewable to the human eye. The next generation "xvYCC" color space (Extended YCC Colorimetry for Video Applications), or "x.v. color" for shortactually offers an available range of colors that exceeds what human eyes can recognize. |
|So, where x.v. color expands the available range of colors your HDTV can display, Deep Color increases the number of colors your HDTV can display within that range, for smoother transitions from color to color. |
|Both models are equipped with an SD Memory Card slot that makes it easy to transfer images from an HD camcorder or digital still camera that uses SD Memory Cards. Simply insert the SD card into the DMP-BD35/55 and it plays AVCHD-format video images or JPEG stills in full 1920 x 1080 resolution on your flat panel HDTV. The DMP-BD35/55 can also play slide shows, complete with background music. |
The DMP-BD35/55 models are also compatible with Panasonic’s VIERA Link function so they can be operated by the VIERA HDTV remote control.
PHL Reference Chroma Processor Yes
P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD) Yes
Precise Pixel Generation: Yes
16-Level Motion Detection w/ Pixel-Based Motion Adaptive Yes
Diagonal Processing Yes
3:2/2:2 Pull-Down Progressive Processing Yes
i/p Conversion for 1080p 4 Playback Yes
Up-conversion to 1080p 5 Playback Yes
Video D/A Converter 148.5MHz/12bit
Progressive Scan Yes
Digital Noise Reduction 3D-NR/Integrated NR
1080/24p Playback Yes
Deep Color Yes
Picture Mode Yes (Normal/Soft/Fine/Cinema/User)
Picture Adjustment Yes (Brightness, Color, Contrast, Sharpness, Gamma Correction)
Audio D/A Converter 192kHz/24bit
Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Decoder Decode and Bitstream output
Dolby True HD Decoder Decode and Bitstream output
DTS/DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Decoder Decode and Bitstream output
96kHz Surround Re-Master (for all formats)
Advanced Surround (V.S.S.) Yes
Night Surround Mode Yes
Dialogue Enhancer Yes
Dynamic Range Compression Yes
Audio S/N 115dB
Dynamic Range 100dB
Super Hi Speed Scan Yes
Audio/JPEG Navigation Menu Yes
VIERA Link (HDAVI Control 3) Yes
HDMI: Support features: Deep Color, x.v.Color, High Bit Rate Audio
Component Video Out (Y, PB, PR) Yes
Video Out Yes
7.1ch Audio Out analog
2ch Audio Out No
Digital Audio Out 1 optical, 1 coaxial
SD Memory Card Slot Yes
Ethernet for Network Yes
BD-ROM Playback BD-Live
BD-RE / BD-RE DL BD-MV (BD-RE version3), BDAV (SESF), JPEG (HD)
BD-R/BD-R DL BD-MV (BD-R version2), BDAV (SESF)
DVD Playback DVD-Video
DVD-RAM Playback DVD-VR, JPEG (HD), AVCHD
DVD-R/-RW/-R(DL) 1 Playback DVD Video, DVD-VR, AVCHD, DivX® (DVD-R/-R DL only)
+R/+R(DL)/+RW Playback DVD-VR, AVCHD
CD, CD-R/-RW 2 Playback CD-DA, DivX (CD-R/-RW only), MP3 3 (CD-R/-RW only), JPEG (HD) (CD-R/-RW only)
SD Memory Card AVCHD, JPEG (HD)
Power Source AC 120V, 60Hz
Power Consumption21W (approx)
(H x W x D) 23/16 inches x 1615/16 inches x 913/16 inches
Weight 5.7 lbs
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But there are still a few drawbacks with the BD60 that keep it from getting 5 stars:
* Speed: the BD60 is not quite as fast to load discs as the Samsung BD-P3600 or the LG BD300, though it is faster than last year's Samsung models. (12/03/09 update - this is about 20% faster with the 2.0 firmware and above)
* Limited online content: YouTube on a Blu-ray player is cool, but it doesn't compare to Netflix online streaming in terms of quality and selection of content (Netflix is available on LG and Samsung players). Amazon's On-Demand streaming service has been announced for VIERA Cast but is not yet available (update: it is available now). The good news is that VIERA Cast can be enhanced with more content over time without requiring the purchase of a new player.
* Less than integrated operation: moving between Blu-ray and VIERA Cast online content is not as seamless as it could be. You have to completely stop playback and exit back to the Panasonic player's splash screen in order to get to the VIERA Cast "home screen" to access online content. And what's with that annoying BEEP when you go through the VIERA Cast menus?
* SD card requirement: Like its predecessors, the BD60 lacks on-board storage so you'll need to add an SD or SDHC card to enjoy BD-Live content. Panasonic at least could have thrown in a 1GB or 2GB SD card in the box.
Also, while the BD60 adds a USB port to the front panel, it does not support DivX or Xvid video playback so this limits the USB port's usefulness. A USB storage device connected to the BD60's USB port can only be used for playback of MP3 music files and viewing of JPEG digital images.
If your primary goal is to get a reliable, high performance Blu-ray/DVD player then none of the above should really matter to you (except possibly the operation speed, which is really about average as far as the current players go) and you should strongly consider the BD60. But if you're more interested in viewing content online as well as on those shiny silver discs, then you might want to wait to see what else VIERA Cast has to offer over the coming months. Or get the best of all possible worlds by buying the BD60 for Blu-ray and DVD and picking up a Roku box just for online streaming.
In terms of differences between the BD60 and the step-up DMP-BD80 model, the main enhancements in the BD80 are multi-channel analog output (for compatibility with older non-HDMI receivers), Divx playback, vibration isolating feet and "High Clarity Audio" which allows you to disable the analog video processing if you're using HDMI for the video signal, thereby (theoretically at least) improving overall sound quality. If these features are not essential, then save yourself some money and get the BD60 instead.
12/03/09 Update: Some owners of the BD60, BD70V and BD80 have reported a random freeze or pause in playback while watching Blu-ray Discs. While we never saw it during our review of the BD60 and BD80, we did see it on the DMP-BD70V (review available on Big Picture Big Sound web site). Panasonic released firmware version 2.2 this week to address this issue and so far (though it's early), the consensus on the great and vast interwebs is that it may have actually worked.
1/19/10 Update: Netflix is coming to VIERA Cast (yay!) but it will only be available on 2010 players and displays (boooo!). If you've been holding out for Netflix on the BD60, BD70V or BD80, you're out of luck. At CES earlier this month, Panasonic told us Netflix will be available in the 2010 players (DMP-BD65, DMP-BD85, DMP-BDT350) as well as in 2010 HDTV models with VIERACast but they will not be able to retrofit it to the 2009 players.
You can have two new playback features by picking up a remote control from other Panasonic DVD players that have CM SKIP (jumps forward one-minute with each press) and QUICK REPLAY (jumps back 10 seconds with each press). I am doing this with the remote control of the Panasonic DVD-S29 DVD player, and I am guessing it should work with a lot of other Panasonic models.
The remote hack also solves a usability issue with the remote control of the BD65 - the arrow buttons are surrounded by the TOPMENU, POP UP MENU and FUNCTION MENU buttons. It's so easy to press those instead of the arrows when you are not looking at the remote and you may find yourself jumping through menus and getting irritated. The remote of the S29 DVD player has a nice four-arrow design, so I am often using that for arrow presses. A lot of the other remote functions/signals are interoperable.
If you try other Panasonic remotes, keep in mind that Panasonic has three different remote codes which you can change on the devices and the remote itself, and both have to be using the same code (1,2 or 3) in order to communicate.
New features added on June 7, 2010
Panasonic updated the VieraCast service on June 7 and they added two new services, Pandora and German-language news channel Tagesschau. They also added "Coming Soon" boxes for Twitter and Fox Sports, and have three pages of boxes, half of them with empty with Coming-Soon.
The Settings have now moved to the third screen and they have added an option to Customize the HomeScreen, and move the different services around - for example, put the ones you use the most on the first page. The customize HomeScreen is surprisingly nicely done.
I was prompted to update to firmware 1.23 on a couple of days earlier in order to get these features. I have not tested them with older firmware versions.
The BD65 box includes the BD65 itself, the remote control, two Panasonic brand alkaline AA batteries, the AC cable and yellow-red-white RCA cables for people with older TVs. Also included is a 44-page Operating Instructions guide. PDF version on the Panasonic website.
Set up was easy. I connected an HDMI cable to the TV and I am using wired internet, connecting it just like a laptop. It easily and quickly found the internets and got setup without issues.
One of the first thing the device wanted to do was to check for firmware updates. It comes with version 1.0.4 out of the box. After it connected to the internets, it picked up and installed version 1.23. The download part includes a progress part, but the installation part is like an appliance - it shows a "do not turn off" screen while the firmware update is in progress. It doesn't take long to finish.
I haven't used this with the out-of-the-box firmware, so I can't really compare them.
It plays Avatar BluRay without problems. BluRay has more data than standard DVD, so loading takes time as annoying as that may be from a consumer perspective, since we expect newer technologies to be faster. I haven't measured loading times and such. Standard DVDs load right away as expected. I also played back DVD-RAM (VR), and finalized DVD-R. As expected it does not play unfinalized DVD-R (just as the user manual states).
The BD-65 can multitask, for example you can load/unload discs while in Viera Cast without any interruptions.
Network Services - with Internet connection
One quick tip before you dive in the menus - you may want to turn off the Navigation Beeps through the Settings. They are extremely irritating! As of June 7, 2010 it has the following networked services up and running:
1. Netflix - it picks up movies from your Instant Queue, and if you add movies to your Queue with your computer while browsing Viera Cast, the updates show up almost right away. If watching an episode in a TV series, it remembers where you left off, even in-between sessions. Setup of Netflix is easy - assuming you already have a Netflix account - you initiate it on the BD-65, it gives you an activation code, you go to the website shown on your computer and enter the activation code and they get linked. I haven't done detailed quality tests. I am getting all minus three bars in the Netflix connection quality bar. This requires a Netflix account.
2. Amazon Video On Demand - You initiate Setup on the BD-65, you are given a code, then go to the Amazon site on your computer, enter the magic code and set things up. You can also create a PIN, so you can order new movies from the BD-65 itself, so you don't have to go to a computer. The Amazon Video On Demand Beta lets you search the Amazon listings and also view your View Library. It may sound strange to say this, but the navigation through the BD-65 is better than the Amazon Video Library navigation on an actual computer! Even if you don't want to buy anything, you still get free trailers and Amazon usually has a few free videos or sample TV episodes available if you check their Video On Demand page.
3. YouTube - you can view featured and popular videos, in a side-box or full-screen, or you can search for videos with keywords using the on-screen keyboard. It's slow to type that way, but it's not that bad if you are not looking for a specific video with a long name. You can also login to your YouTube/Google account and see your Favorites, Subscriptions, Playlists and MyVideos.
4. Picasa - you can view featured photos, search with the on-screen keyboard, or login to your account.
5. Bloomberg - shows stock updates from various markets around the world, such as the Most Active stocks and Movers, the ten latest market headlines with a summary (no detailed articles). You can also look up stock prices using the on-screen keyboard but the prices are 15-minute delayed. No registration or setup.
6. Pandora - it requires a free Pandora account. You initiate the activation on the BD-65, then go on a computer and link it through the internets just like Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand. You can link up to seven Pandora accounts and pick which one to play. When you go into Pandora playback, you have the Quick Mix option and also favorite-bands radio. You can also create a station through the BD-65 (red button in bottom row of remote) and enter the name with the on-screen keyboard.
7. Weather Reports - you can pick various favorite cities around the world, or you can search by zipcode. It remembers your favorite, and you can decide which one is shown as the default. Very handy. No registration or setup.
8. Tagesschau - German-speaking news channel. You pick which video clips you want to watch, similar to YouTube. Great if you speak German or you are trying to learn German.
SD memory card slot
You can put the SD memory card in the slot and close the compartment, so it doesn't collect dust! The front display reminds you have a card in as the "SD" light turns on.
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This deck has never reliably played Blu-Ray discs which the machine would not recognize as being loaded.Read more