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EMA "free" Panasonic DMP-BD10A review

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Maurice Verploegen, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Maurice Verploegen

    Maurice Verploegen Well-Known Member

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    Alright, here it finally is. My ever first experience with Blue-Ray. Thanks to the nice folks at HTF for letting me being part of EMA last summer and the great experience overall.
    As I am sure you all know by now, we got very spoiled. We all received a free DMP-BD10A player (among other things), and I also picked the Toshiba HD-XA2 HD-DVD player for $299. While I was very happy to have received all of these great "goodies". It also made me realize that it was time for me to upgrade my current HD Home Theater gear. And I am finally getting everything in and set up correctly. So I decided to give the Panasonic player first bits and try out some of those BD title's that I have bought over the past few months.

    My new display is a Sony KDS-60A3000 which I set up a few weeks ago. It replaced on of the ever first HD-Displays on the market. The big and very heavy 38" RCA direct view set. It only had one component input. I felt to do BD and HD-DVD justice I want a display with HDMI inputs. I am still waiting for my Onkyo TX-SR805. So, I am sorry, but I can't give you any feedback on the sound yet.

    OK enough about the intro.
    Setting up the Panasonic was well.....a breeze. Again, I am still waiting for my new Onkyo to arrive. So right now, one single "blue" HDMI cable (also a gift at EMA) from the Panasonic to the Sony, select input and done! It took the player about 1 minute for the HDMI handshake and that was really it. Wow, I'm already in love with HDMI and haven't even seen the picture yet. I put in Casino Royal since I am a big Bond fan and could't wait to get some glimpse of what BD is all about. Loading time was a little slower then regular DVD players. But I was already aware of this from reading up on a lot of reviews. So I was waiting with patience. And there is was, in full glory. WOW. I skipped to a scene that I still remembered from seeing this film in the theater. OH WOW! This is truly amazing. Colors were jumping off to screen into my face. Everything was so detailed! Amazing. I was watching the scene with the snake fighting the other animal. Lost of people, lots of panoramic shots, lots of day light. Again, amazing!

    I did notice a few jitter spots on the film. Mostly on buildings with the wide panoramic shots. My Sony is capable of displaying 24p/s. And I was under the impression that all BD players would do this as well. But looking at the owners manual and on-line I found out that this player can't display in 24p/s. To bad, because I think I would have cleaned that up. But I also need to play a little bit more with the Sony settings to see if I can clean it up a little more through it.

    Again, a very minor observation from a otherwise very cool player. I love how you have to open the front cover to open the disc tray. Very solid, very sexy style. The first full movie we watched was believe it or not "National Lampoon Christmas Vacation" in Blue Ray. My all time favorite Christmas flick. Wow, this movie never looked so good. So much detail. Here is one of my wife's comments: "I don't like Blue-Ray, to much detail, to much picture information. You can really see their flaws on their skin & faces". I loved that she said that. In other words, she was very impressed by this Blue-Ray experience as well.

    So I am in love with Blue Ray. What an experience! Pretty soon I will hook up my XA-2 HD-DVD player as well and will write another review.

    To everybody that was part of EMA and giving me and my family this great experience I would like to say one more time "Thank you". This is what Home Theater is all about.
     
  2. JustinCleveland

    JustinCleveland Well-Known Member

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    Blu-Ray. The "E" is silent. [​IMG]

    Glad you enjoy the player! Go pick up some movies and prepare to be transfixed.
     
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    I did notice a few jitter spots on the film. Mostly on buildings with the wide panoramic shots. My Sony is capable of displaying 24p/s. And I was under the impression that all BD players would do this as well. But looking at the owners manual and on-line I found out that this player can't display in 24p/s. To bad, because I think I would have cleaned that up. But I also need to play a little bit more with the Sony settings to see if I can clean it up a little more through it.

    I beleive that the ps3 can do the 24p/s frame thing. my tv is not 1080P.. there is a option on the ps3 to use it.

    Jacob
     
  4. Maurice Verploegen

    Maurice Verploegen Well-Known Member

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    Jacob,

    I believe it does. And believe it or not, I have 2 PS-3's for different systems in the house (60G & 80G) sitting in my garage that I am getting ready to hook up as well. Once I have them hooked up I will download the latest firmware upgrade and see what it does. If the PS3 will do 24f/s then I will test on the same display with the same scene out of the Bond movie and compare. I will let you know what I will find out.

    Justin, thanks for correcting me! I want to spell this cool format correctly in the future..

    Thx.
     
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    Not bad!! I am getting this player tomorrow (couldn't turn now the price I got!) But I have to disagree with you 100% on Christmas Vacation, I believe it to be one of the worst HD movies I own, It is marginally better than DVD at best. But will agree whole heatedly with your sentiments on Casino Royale.

    Tell us about your experience with the XA2. I believe it to be the finest quality player on the market for HDM.
     
  6. Sam Posten

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    Hey I just moved mine from one room to another and the new set is on HDMI, any idea if its possible to tell it to go HDMI out without having to use the remote or OSD? I cant find either the manual or the remote at the moment, just wanted to watch a film on this using the front panel and its not outputting to HDMI =/
     
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    OK, next question (I had to set that up on a panel to get HDMI to work!)

    With DTS MA disks this guy only plays in stereo, do you know how I can get it to do the Core 5.1?
     
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    Setup>Audio>Digital Audio Output. Check that the DTS option is set to 'Bitstream' and not 'PCM'.

    Adam
     
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    Adam: since I'm using my BD-10's analog outs to listen to lossless tracks, does it matter if I have the audio output set to PCM or Bitstream?

    I "believe" (I'd have to check) that I have my audio outs set to bitstream to listen to most SD-DVDs 5.1 audio via a coaxial connection to my receiver. I generally switch to the analog connections for BD only (when there's a lossless track). I've been wondering if I need to change some setting...but the lossless audio over those analog connections sure sounds mighty good the way it is now! [​IMG]
     
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    No, the setting doesn't affect the analogue outputs. Just leave it set at bitstream for DVD use.

    Adam
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks, I guess that menu choice isnt available when a disk is in, that was what confused me.
     

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