Summary: First of all, this is a great Blu-ray player for both video and audio. I don't rate the streaming features, because the software guys keep changing what works and if you really want this, get a PC. This is not a computer. I also don't care about streaming. I want full rez, full frame rate discs. The picture quality is excellent as is the startup and navigation. Disc access is quick. The audio part is where this unit shines.
Summary: Audio Quality: 4.5 BluRay: 4.5 (due to my issues with dual HDMI config) - Slightly improved vs 40GB PS3. It was nice to see something other than Linear PCM go across my AVR's screen. - Note: Had audio issues with dual HDMI configuration. Don't know what was going on, but audio was going in and out at odd times. CD: 5.0 - Played Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars cds and noticed great clarity and depth in the music. Only CD I've tested so far.
Pros: Sleek, modern styling; Sturdy Construction; Built-in Wi-Fi; Analog/Digital connections; Fast load time
Cons: Touchpad can be annoying after a while; Wi-Fi connection slower than my 40GB PS3
Summary: I bought this player specifically to replace a previous Blu-ray player that I was very dissatisfied with due to some audio problems (let's just say "Life wasn't Good"). What I didn't expect is that the Panasonic player would also substantially improve both the video and audio I had been experiencing. The player was shiny and beautiful out of the box which I will have to work to keep it that way since I imagine fingerprints will easily show up.
plays netflix great, some problems with flac audio
Jay A. Norwood "Jay", Amazon
3 June 2012
Summary: I've had this bdt500 four days now. It has played several videos from netflix with subtitles great, also played an hdx video fully from vudu with no problems, and I looked at a small portion of MI3 from amazon with no problem. All this is using a 12Mb Att network connection, not the wireless. However, I tried playing one of the flac format albums from the beatles stereo usb, and the bdt500 wouldn't recognize its disk format when plugged into the front panel.