Great blue ray player, but I wonder if it's worth it
21 January 2009
Summary: Simple to set up. Have it hooked up to my Pioneer Kuro 50" plasma and it looks beautiful. Slightly annoyingly long time to start up when you turn it on. I just have this slightly nagging feeling that buying a blueray player was just a waste of money as compared to a regular DVD player or an AppleTV. Not sure if paying more for this one vs one of the cheaper blueray players was worth it either.
Summary: This player has outstanding audio and video quality. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the owner's manual was written for a total geek. The instructions for even the simplest function are so convoluted that they are virtually impossible to understand. The Viera Link instructions are particularly difficult to follow, although one can gather that Viera Link is intended to simplefy thing. If it weren't for the owner's manual, I would rate this product five-atars.
Summary: I waited until all format BS subsided and for the new generation blu-rays to be released. The difference between blu-ray and regular dvds is not as big as the difference between HD and cable, but on this player there is a noticable improvement in the picture quality. One great surprise was the sound improvement. The sound quality will really blow you away!(I recommend the Matrix scene where Morpheus is rescued.) The BD-50 is easy to set-up.
Summary: The picture quality and sound on this player are excellent. My unit seems to have issues with the BD-Live feature. After numerous calls into Panasonic Tech Support, they were not able to solve the problem and it looks like I am going to have to send it in to the service center (on my own dime). This is the only trouble that I have had with the unit, the other features work like a charm.
Summary: We received the Panasonic DMP-BD50K very quickly after our order through Amazon. The player has worked flawlessly and we have enjoyed playing both blu-ray disks and regular disks. Great equipment. Updates the software via the internet connection we provided.
Summary: I've had this player for about 2 weeks, now. It's not for the faint-hearted to set up! Now that I have confirmed that all functions work, including BD-LIVE, I am thoroughly happy with it. Great picture, great sound, and BD-LIVE. But, because of all the difficulty I had setting it up, I would have liked to have given it a 4.5 instead of a 5. Here are the problems I faced. Perhaps it will save someone else some grief.
Summary: I spent a lot of time reserching what type of Blu-ray player to purchase. I read a lot of forums and the one thing that kept being said was to purchase one which had; Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. This unit had everything I was told I should look for. I'm playing my regular DVDs on it currently and the picture is amazing compared to the old DVD player. Can't wait to go out and purchase some Blu-Ray DVD.
Summary: I am a Blu Ray newbie, and I am so glad I made the decision to go for it. This new Panasonic player is highly rated on CNET and other reviews, and of course, I read the reviews on Amazon. I have a Panasonic 46 inch Plasma Viera 850 series, which is AWESOME, so went with the Panasonic Blu Ray player. I am glad I did. The player came from 6ave, and it arrived early, and in excellent condition, and hooked up very easily.
Summary: This is my first Blu-ray player, connected to my Samsung 52" LCD TV. It is absolutely amazing. Picked up the BBC Planet Earth series on Blue-ray and the picture is stunning. I was able to add it to my wireless network by using an Airport Express. The only reason I did not give this Blu-ray player 5 stars is that it doesn't not come with built in wireless.