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 selected this blu-ray player over the competition specifically because it has built-in decoding for the latest high-definition audio formats. I continue to be happy with my ten-year-old Sony TAE-9000ES preamp, and the DMP-BD50 seemed to be the perfect way to get HD video and audio in one box.