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Panasonic DMPBD30AEGK

Blu-Ray DVD Player in Black
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Panasonic DMPBD30AEGK
Blu-Ray Player Hollywood Studio Reference Standard 1080p / 24p Output Picture In Picture / Interactive Commentary Viera Link SD Card Slot Playback AVCHD Camcorder Footage 7.1ch Audio Bitstream out via HDMI 5.1ch Analogue Out

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Average Rating:  4 out of 5

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There are 7 reviews for this product.

Great player until it broke down - my HD DVD and DVD recorder are both older and are working fine - not impressed

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 1 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 30May2009
I dont know if I can really say a lot about this bluray player other than its truly great, for the money. If you are someone who is a little intimidated by the more expensive players with all the bells and whistles on them - but you also dont want to get a cheap one that will die or become problematic - then this is the one for you.

It worked out great for me that this player has Viera Link, as I have a Viera and it is a real relief to be able to use the same remote for both the TV and the player. So, to summarize, this is the best player in its price range.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 29Jan2009
For this price it is great.

DVD Upscaling is good.
1080P is truly fantastic. however my lcd tv struggles with the 24fps function which I turn off.

Why would anyone buy anything other than panasonic, they are so far ahead of their rivals.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 16Oct2008
I have been using the player for the past three weeks now and I have been very pleased with the overall picture and sound quality it produces. The player manages to produce above average black levels, vibrant colours, and sharp edges and offers a good level of depth to films.

The player is connected to my 42 inch Panasonic HD Ready TV, which can handle 1080p, images but scales it to fit its native 720 screen. Even with the scaling, the picture is still sharp and crisp, and anybody who is thinking that a HD Ready TV wont be good enough for blue ray, will not be disappointed with this player.

With regards to the sound, I currently have an old AMP which is unable to decode true HD sound through HDMI. To improve the sound quality, I have connected the player to the Amp via the 5.1 channel out put located on the rear of the player. I have used three six standard AV leads, the red and white connections and the set the player to output PCM in the sound menu. This allows access to PCM uncompressed sound and other HD sound content found on blue ray discs.

I can confirm that having played, Hell Boy, through Bitstream using the OPTICAL lead, and compared it to the 5.1 channels, the sound is truly remarkable. I would advise anybody whos Amp has a 5.1 channel input to give this a go. I Understand that HDMI sound would still supersede this option, but its better than Bitstreaming the sound using optical leads and will do until I can afford a new Amp.

Note - you will have to set the speaker output inside the players menu, as the process bypasses the decoding on the Amp

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 15Sep2008
Just taken receipt of my Panasonic DMP-BD30, which is a total breeze to setup, connected to my 37` Samsung LE37R88BD LCD TV & my Onkyo TX-SR605 HDMI Amplifier. Everything works perfectly & communicates, each with the other in perfect harmony. You may have read reviews that state this BD player is not compatible with Samsung tvs....this is absolutely not the case. Some have even reported audio glitches with the Onkyo 605...this again is not based in any evidence that I have. Not watched a movie all the way through yet, but was not aware of any sound problems. If its going to happen, it will happen. It will not be random or intermittant, such is the nature of digital.

This is the first BD disc-spinner that can send the raw audio in Bitstream format to a suitably equipped Amp for decoding. My PS3 was my former BD player and could send DolbyTrueHD & DTS-MA in PCM. Now, for the first time my Onkyo displays DTS HD Master Audio & DolbyTrueHD in its display window!!!

Picture quality is on a par, if not much more detailed than the PS3 with excellent black levels & colour reproduction. Sound quality through my Onkyo is also excellent with superb sound placement & LFE levels. So far I am pleased with my purchase. This has, after all, won 5 major awards. Even though the DMP-BD50 is on its way complete with Ethernet connection, I dont personally see the point. This machine does everything that a competant BD player should do, what else do you need? Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 20Aug2008
This player is, on the whole, good value for money, and a good introduction to the world of blu-ray. The picture quality, when given a good source disc and hooked up to a decent tv is very good. Most commentators who have undertaken an A v B comparison of the BD-30 versus the PS3 feel that this Panasonic model manages to bring out just a bit more detail and its pictures look a bit more vibrant than the PS3, and I have to agree. It is one of the smallest Blu-ray players on the market, by the way, being somewhat slimmer (in height and depth) than most other models, especially the chunky Sony ones. Sound-wise, it delivers - if you have the kit to process HD surround sound then you are in for a treat - 7.1 HD quality sound is noticeably crisper with greater dynamic range than old-fashioned 5.1 DD or DTS. . If you dont have a 7.1 HD compatible surround processor, dont panic, you can output sound via the optical out to a 5.1 surround processor and it will downscale the 7.1 HD soundtrack to 5.1 DD or DTS without a problem (shame the manual isnt very clear on what menu options to set for this to work though). Note that, unlike its more expensive sibling the BD-50, the BD-30 does not perform on-board 7.1 HD decoding, so to get the latest and greatest in HD sound you need a suitable HD-compliant amplifier and speaker set (note also some reported glitches with Onkyo surround amps that may have been fixed in BD-30 firmware 1.7, subject to confirmation).

What about up-scaling of standard def DVD material? Honestly, I have heard complaints about this, but I have found it to do a reasonable job to be honest. If you already have a very good up-scaling DVD player though, hang on to it, and do an A v B comparison between it and the BD-30 before ditching it. But honestly, its not as bad at up-scaling as some people using test discs and patterns have made it out to be.

Is it worth getting a blu-ray player if your HD-ready TV is only 720p/1080i compatible, as opposed to being capable of full 1080p HD? Absolutely - my 32 inch Pannie is only capable of 1080i but you still notice the difference between HD and standard definition.

So, summing up:-
PROS: Great picture and sound quality; frequent firmware updates from Panasonic; 1.1 compliant; small form factor; good value
CONS: Remote design is clunky; no on-board decoding of 7.1/HD sound; build quality feels a little flimsy (sorry, `Made in Slovakia` doesnt instil great confidence - no offence to Slovaks, but I still like `Made in Japan` where possible, even if its old-fashioned)

Good demo discs? Casino Royale, I am Legend, Planet Earth box-set (I know, its not all shot in HD, but the HD scenes do look amazing, and are presented full-screen, unlike most movies).

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 30Jul2008
The HD picture is excellent. My tv is a Panasonic Viera 42 (TH-PZ80E),so that combination is great. The BD30 is very easy to set-up and the picture and sound is for the money very good.Very easy operation whith VIERA link.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 5 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 27Jul2008

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