Summary: I'm a fan of Panasonic video equipment so we bought this player to complement our Panny plasma display. As an audiophile I searched a long, long time for a decent quality BR player with a good analog audio section to hook up to a SET tube amp. The choices are few, either buy a chintzy Sony, LG, Samsung or cough up obscene money for a Denon, Marantz, Cambridge Audio or Oppo.
Summary: Since receiving this I have had problems playing dvds whether regular bluray or 3d. The movie will freeze up & break up & pixelate and sometimes the dvd will not play at all & I will get an error message stating "dvd is not compatible". (it is) I have taken the same dvds & played on my other set up which is also a Panasonic player, just an earlier model so it's not the dvds. Panasonic had me reset the player back to the manuf settings but the issue persisted.
Summary: The two reasons I wanted this unit, Duel HDMI out and USB audio/video HDD support. What I wanted was to have a second HDMI out to the TV for the occasions we watch a 3D blu-ray, the video-out on the Receiver doesn't support 3D. 99% of the time we use the receiver with 7 HDMI in to switch audio and video on all our devices and game systems, my desire was to switch the TV input only when we watched a 3D film. The problem?
Summary: I purchased the Panasonic DMP-BDT500 in June. Yesterday, September 5th the unit failed. It would not output any video nor respond to the controller. I am not going to try hasseling with Panasonic to get it fixed. We hated the controller with the touch pad. The menu was very hard to navigate with the touchpad. Load times for both the DVD and Netfix were slower than my old PS3 which was the unit I previously used. CORRECTION: the unit did not fail.
Summary: Prior to this purchase, I was quite pleased with the simplicity of Roku for Netflix. In addition to upgrading to a Blu-ray player, I was seeking a unit with both Netflix and Youtube capabilities. The player is very sleek and stylish. However, it was unable to connect to my wireless network. I moved my cable modem to enable a wired connection. Unlike Roku, the set up for linking my Netfilx account proved extremely difficult primarily due to the touch pad.
Summary: On the face of it this machine produces a decent bluray picture. 2 dumb design problems though, firstly the on/off, and the open buttons are on the top where you can't see them!!! And wont be able to use with a stack audio system. And secondly it claims all those wonderful alternative formats but it can't work with the dvd's you get with magazines. The touchpad is a pointless idea as other reviewers have said. Otherwise it gets up and working quick.