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Official Panasonic DMP-BD10 Blu-Ray player thread


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#21 of 666 Ben_Williams

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Posted October 10 2006 - 11:49 AM

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#22 of 666 Chris Beveridge

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Posted October 10 2006 - 11:55 AM

How does the unit handle 4:3 DVD material? I believe it should be pillarboxing any on the BD side but does it stretch/zoom the DVD?

#23 of 666 Ben_Williams

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Posted October 10 2006 - 11:56 AM

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How does the unit handle 4:3 DVD material? I believe it should be pillarboxing any on the BD side but does it stretch/zoom the DVD?

Great question. The unit actually does pillarbox all 4:3 material be it Blu-Ray or DVD.

#24 of 666 Chris Beveridge

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Posted October 10 2006 - 12:20 PM

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Great question. The unit actually does pillarbox all 4:3 material be it Blu-Ray or DVD.

Ah, beautiful. I think this wasn't finalized in the prototype models and comments made about them and I know it's an issue with the Samsung for those that don't like the stretching.

#25 of 666 JediFonger

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Posted October 10 2006 - 02:54 PM

so does it officially output 1080p/60 AND 1080p/24 or not?

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I WISH I had those! Unfortunately, the fact that my wife would kill me in my sleep if I spent that kind of money on speakers - - and the fact that I can't afford 'em means that I've been using Nautilus 805s speakers for my front channels.

I should probably clarify that, eh?


#26 of 666 Michael Osadciw

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Posted October 10 2006 - 04:22 PM

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Thanks for the review.

How does the audio on this machine sound on this machine when comparing the processor/DACs on the Panasonic's analogue outs in comparison to your Rotel's processor/DACs? Have you tried this comparison?

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Posted October 11 2006 - 01:01 AM

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Great question. The unit actually does pillarbox all 4:3 material be it Blu-Ray or DVD.

Does it offer an option to zoom 4:3 material, in the event it is 4:3 letterboxed?
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Posted October 11 2006 - 01:20 AM

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Ben

Thanks for the review.

How does the audio on this machine sound on this machine when comparing the processor/DACs on the Panasonic's analogue outs in comparison to your Rotel's processor/DACs? Have you tried this comparison?

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I'm interested in this as well, as the high-res audio capabilities of Blu-ray are one of the biggest draws for me, and using the new lossless audio codecs will be limited to the capabilities of the machines decoding them, at least for the next 6 to 12 months before we start to see HDMI 1.3 and A/VRs that can decode the new codecs as well.

If the Panasonic has a good analogue stage, it could sound killer.
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#29 of 666 Dave_BG

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Posted October 11 2006 - 01:57 AM

Excelent review Ben!
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Posted October 11 2006 - 02:19 AM

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Great job! How about some pictures of the unit from the backside?

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#31 of 666 Ben_Williams

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Posted October 11 2006 - 03:41 AM

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Ben

Thanks for the review.

How does the audio on this machine sound on this machine when comparing the processor/DACs on the Panasonic's analogue outs in comparison to your Rotel's processor/DACs? Have you tried this comparison?

Mike

Hey Michael!

I did, actually... I'm not sure what's inside the Panny, but it must have some pretty nice DACs. I noticed that there was very little descernable difference between the Rotel and the Panny. I also compared DVD-A performance between the Panny and the Denon DVD-2910 with its Burr-Brown chipset. It was also a wash. Whatever they packed into the Panny is of very nice quality. I just wish it would play SACD, so I could eliminate the DVD-2910.

#32 of 666 Ben_Williams

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Posted October 11 2006 - 03:47 AM

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Does it offer an option to zoom 4:3 material, in the event it is 4:3 letterboxed?

I didn't try out that feature as my TV does a nice zoom. I'll check it out tonight and report back.

EDIT: The Panny does have a zoom feature!

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Posted October 11 2006 - 05:07 AM

Thanks for the added pics!

#34 of 666 Ben_Williams

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Posted October 11 2006 - 05:23 AM

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so does it officially output 1080p/60 AND 1080p/24 or not?

I've found no available settings for 1080p/24. I think it is safe to say that this one doesn't support it.

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Posted October 11 2006 - 05:42 AM

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Hey Michael!

I did, actually... I'm not sure what's inside the Panny, but it must have some pretty nice DACs. I noticed that there was very little descernable difference between the Rotel and the Panny. I also compared DVD-A performance between the Panny and the Denon DVD-2910 with its Burr-Brown chipset. It was also a wash. Whatever they packed into the Panny is of very nice quality. I just wish it would play SACD, so I could eliminate the DVD-2910.


That's great to hear, no pun intended. If the Panny sounds good in comparison to your Denon DVD-2910, then I'm sure it would sound favourably compared to my Denon DVD-2200, which I think sounds superb playing DVD-As. As I have a Sony XA9000ES SACD/CD player, I'm not concerned about SACD playback on anything else, which means I'd be able to ditch the Denon and replace it with the Panny.

I know this is unlikely, since the unit is really video oriented, but does it allow you to turn off the video section, like the Denon does, when playing back DVD-As?

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I didn't try out that feature as my TV does a nice zoom. I'll check it out tonight and report back.


Thank. My Samsung DLP does not allow me to zoom anything on DVI.
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Posted October 11 2006 - 06:41 AM

Awesome review Ben, thanks!

Soon after Christmas I'm hoping some of the big box stores will get some BR player returns so I can pick one up on the cheap.
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Posted October 11 2006 - 06:51 AM

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Awesome review Ben, thanks!

Soon after Christmas I'm hoping some of the big box stores will get some BR player returns so I can pick one up on the cheap.


I'm waiting on some sort of holdiay season sale pricing or refurbs myself. Posted Image Posted Image

This MSRP pricing just isn't cutting it for me.
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Posted October 11 2006 - 07:07 AM

thx.

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I've found no available settings for 1080p/24. I think it is safe to say that this one doesn't support it.


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Posted October 11 2006 - 07:13 AM

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Awesome review Ben, thanks!

Soon after Christmas I'm hoping some of the big box stores will get some BR player returns so I can pick one up on the cheap.

I bought mine with a 10% off coupon from a major retailer. So, If you just can't wait any longer for HD on disc, it is absolutely possible to buy this unit for less than the $1300 MSRP today.

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Posted October 11 2006 - 07:15 AM

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I know this is unlikely, since the unit is really video oriented, but does it allow you to turn off the video section, like the Denon does, when playing back DVD-As?
Thank. My Samsung DLP does not allow me to zoom anything on DVI.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have an option to disable the video circuit for audio playback. I always really liked that feature on my DVD-1600... very thoughtful design on Denon's part.


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