Conclusion: Panasonic's DMP-BD50 is a tasty package, and stands above even its highly-praised predecessor, the BD30. This powerful Blu-ray player retrieves HDTV-quality trailers and bonus material from the Internet, and masters various multimedia applications.
Pros: Crisp HDTV picture with 24p support and plenty of video settings., SD-card reader., Decodes analog and digital high-bitrate audio., Supports BD-Live.
Summary: Excellent soundtrack support and Profile 2.0-compliancy make the Panasonic DMP-BD50 the most recommendable standalone Blu-ray player to date, but the PS3 is still better and cheaper.
Pros: First Profile 2.0-compliant standalone player; excellent image quality on Blu-ray Discs; onboard decoding for all high-resolution soundtrack formats, plus bit stream output; analog multichannel outputs; SDHC card slot can play high-definition AVCHD video.
Cons: Expensive compared with the superior PlayStation 3; standard DVD performance is lackluster; operational speed still sluggish compared with PS3.
Excerpt: i saw the Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-Ray 2.0 player demonstrated while I worked at CES 2008. I am product marketing specialist for an advertising/marketing firm. I was at CES 2008 for our clients, but the Panasonic DMP-BD50 caught my eye and I now have it on pre-order. It is the most dynamic full 1080p player anywhere. It is ready for prime time, big time. The pre-order price is $689.
Excerpt: By November 2006, the tide had turned Blu with the release of Sony's PlayStation 3, which still reigns supreme as the fastest Blu-ray player on the market. Around the same time, Panasonic launched its first Blu-ray player, the DMP-BD10, at a hefty price of nearly $1300. A year later, Panasonic introduced the DMP-BD30 for less than half the cost of its predecessor.
Excerpt: The Panasonic DMP-BD50 marks an important milestone in the short life of Blu-ray players. As well as supporting the latest BD-LIVE profile, it is also the player that has got many enthusiasts have to finally take notice of the format. We find out why. The BD50 is a very smart looking Blu-ray player, with clean lines and an uncluttered front panel with only the power and eject buttons protruding from the glossy black finish to the front of the player.
Pros: The Panasonic DMP-BD50 is a great looking, well built player, that performs well at most things. It has the latest Blu-ray profile so there is fairly future proof, and has good picture and sound quality. Rating: 4/5
Summary: We're already massive fans of Panasonic's entry level Blu-ray player, the DMP-BD30 (£350), but this model brings even more new features and added benefits - and the price isn't too steep, either. The DMP-BD50 is BD ROM Profile 2.0 enabled, and it's equipped with an Ethernet connection so you can access all the interactive features of BD-Live online and download updates.