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Panasonic DMP-BD35 Region B UK Owners Thread.

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players' started by Bald Monkey, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. Bald Monkey

    Bald Monkey Active Member

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    As it appears this player is now arriving in peoples homes I thought it best to start an Owners Thread. :thumbsup:

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    Spec Sheet comparing the BD35 and BD55

    Online Manual

    Offical Panasonic BD35 page.

    The thread discussing both the BD35 and BD55 prior to UK release is here..

    SD-DVD Multiregion Hack is here...

    Harmony remote hack is here..

    :smashin:
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  2. DIBUK

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    Im after one of these and it's on amazon for £249.99, is that the cheapest I can get it?
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  3. SoOPersOniC

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    It's £249.99 on amazon
  4. DIBUK

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    yeah, just noticed my mistake
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    Just ordered it at that price too, look forward to seeing how it is with DVDs! :)
  6. theraq

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    Got it today... just saw amazon... :mad: should wait one more day!

    Anyway will post some pics soon.

    Till now all good BETTER than PS3!
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  7. Repton

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    I'm extremely happy with the picture quality performance with mine, I've noticed great improvements with each disc I'm watching:smashin:
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    Hello

    (PS: Quick review, exam tomorrow so will update this post later tomorrow)

    Today I receive my new Panny BD 35! :thumbsup:

    Very easy to setup, just plug HDMI and Power thats all! (Network cable if you want to update firmware or BD Live).

    Its comes with following:

    1 x BD Player
    1 x Remote
    1 x Blu Ray Movie
    2 x Batteries
    1 x Power cable
    1 x AV cable (Red,White & Yellow)
    1 x Manual with warranty book

    Before I start new Panny I play Blu Ray movie on PS 3 to check if any difference.

    After that I remove PS3 from my AV stand and install new Panny. Straight away we feel difference in picture and specially sound.

    I set new Panny to bitstream to get max output through my amp. There is an option for PCM too... I tried it but hardly can differentiate it from bitstream... in both way it sound better than PS3 (I mean quality is very good even if use PCM)

    There are few sound modes that you can select as per your requirement.

    Picture is much clearer... umm but bit bright but I will adjust it later.

    Remote is easy to use, got use to it in few min. All mentioned clearly and big... But will use my Harmony... wife don't like too many remotes on table. :rolleyes:

    Haven’t got any BR live disk to check BD Live option yet.

    DVD quality is also quite good. Will test it in detail later tomorrow

    I will test it properly and will update this post. (Sorry for rush)

    Please find pictures, sorry for too many of them... I took picture On every step from unboxed to playing blu ray.

    More pics. in next post.

    Oh yes! forg.t to mention... it is NOT made in China! may be it is a good sign :confused: who knows :D

    :smashin:

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    More pics...

    Took all pics in rush so didn't get time to use photoshop...

    Thanks!

    (PS3 will be on ebay soon...) "Sold now"

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  10. Cliff

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    Thanks for posting pics of your new BD player. As a matter of interest, what made you go for the Panasonic over the Sony 350?
    I will be purchasing one very soon and haven't made up my mind yet.
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    Got mine yesterday too. Great service from Digital-Point/Electro-Centre as always...and they even chucked in a free Scart-Lead :D

    Not had chance to watch a full film on it yet but a few observations :-

    Deck is nice and slim but reasonably weighty and solid feeling. About the same size as the Panasonic S97 DVD player it's replaced on the rack. Wish they made em in silver mind, but black is back as they say.

    Boot-up times are much better than I expected. After popping the disc in, once I'd walked over to the couch and brushed the cat hairs off, it was playing.

    Tray is nice and solid. Been many years since I've had a shiny disc player that doesn't have the flimsiest of cheapo trays that feels like it's about the snap every time you all but gently place a disc on it.

    Menu's are intuitive and a doddle to browse in a typical Panasonic fashion. Bit disappointed you can't display time remaining countdown on the LED, but hey.

    Multi-region DVD works as advertised. Upscaling seemed clean and sharp enough but only check out for a few seconds at this stage.

    Liking the force 1080p mode. Means my amp and TV aren't sent into dicky fits with all the resolution re-synching.

    Not noticing any improvement in audio or sound from the PS3 from 20 mins worth of brief testing, but that's not what I bought it for anyway.
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    kalababa,

    Thanks for posting all those pics, they are excellent. I love to see menus and box pictures :thumbsup:

    Can you time how long it takes the player to go from standby to tray open ? (I'd like to know what your feeling of general operating speed is too)
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    Whats the difference between this and the BD30?

    Has anyone done a comparison?
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    Hi petrolhead. :)
    The BD35 can decode HD audio as well as bitstream :smashin: profile 2.0 and erm.....
    :thumbsup:
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    If you go to the panasonic website there is a claim form you can download for a free film while stocks last.
  16. Repton

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    Anyone had a play with the "BD-Video Secondary Audio" function?
    If I set mine to "ON" I don't seem to get my amp to display DTS-HD MSTR or DD TRUE HD anymore?
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    Set to OFF if you want Bitstream HD audio. :smashin:
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    To mix in the secondary audio the player has to do the decoding, thus you loose bitstream to your amp.
  19. theraq

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    Well... 1st of all it is made in EU, 2nd don't have "SONY" tag. And from old exp from VCR era Panny's are very good in this area.

    Also forget to mention version 2.0 and LAN port.

    Thanks
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    Hi guys,

    I had a bit more of a play around with my BD35 last night and I think I now have it set up correctly but I have one question.

    I've got it connected to my Sony STRDG910 via HDMI only. The Sony amp has not got Dolby True HD decoding onboard so I have the sound output on the BD35 set to bit stream as I understand the BD35 can do the True HD decoding itself.

    The Sony amp shows I have sound going to all 7.1 speakers and things sound OK but is this the best way of doing thing?

    The BD35 manual also mentions connecting the optical and/or Coaxial cable up to the amp as well as the HDMI cable to “enjoy a richer sound” but I can's see this myself?

    Any advice on setting for the BD35 and the Amp to get the best sound quality would be gratefully received.

    Cheers,
    Nick
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  21. kingfats

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    Hi hatchn. :)
    You only need the HDMI :thumbsup: what shows on your amp by the way....MULTI-CH or similiar?
    All the best.
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    I was interested in this too, as I have a BD30 and was considering an 'upgrade', if it was considerably different (better internals etc...) and played DVD's back better.

    My findings are that apart from what Kingfats has mentioned, and the slight size difference, it's identical to the outgoing BD30.

    With that in mind, I'll be sticking with the BD30 (until the Oppo deck appears).

    Paul
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    Cheers, that is what I thought.
    I was wondering why there was no sound in PIP material.:)
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    Hi Hatchn,
    referencing your quote:
    "I’ve got it connected to my Sony STRDG910 via HDMI only. The Sony amp has not got Dolby True HD decoding onboard so I have the sound output on the BD35 set to bit stream as I understand the BD35 can do the True HD decoding itself."

    I have to rely on the player doing the decoding too but from my understanding this is acheived by setting to PCM and not bitstream. i.e. Bitstream is the audio sent in it's undecoded form to the processor whereas the PCM setting results in the player decoding the file into multichannel PCM. The chances are that if you have set to Bitstream whilst playing from a True HD or DTS MA source then you are not listening at the maximum bitrate - and it could well be only DD or DTS.

    PCM should be chosen over Bitstream for the following reason : Directors commentaries and the like, which are stored as a separate soundtrack and the much heralded 'online content' (when it arrives) can ONLY be combined with the movies soundtrack as LPCM and that means doing it in the player - it cannot be done in the amp. If these features are of interest, then you'll be wasting money if you think the amp should do it.

    Worth looking into I think :D
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    Hi M3matty,

    Thanks for your advice; I'll have another look this evening.

    I did try it set to PCM but then my AMP reported it was only outputting to 5.1 and not 7.1 (the little graphic on the display only shows 5.1 speaker being used and not 7.1)

    Maybe there is another setting on the AMP I need to fiddle with?

    Now I know it should be PCM and not Bitstream and can play with the AMP to try and get all 7.1 speakers working.

    Cheers,
    Nick
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    Don't know about the Sony amp, but on my Denon 3808 I can process a 5.1 PCM signal with PLIIx etc to give me 7.1.

    However on the Onkyo 674 I have in the lounge you cannot process the multichannel 5.1 signal and you're "stuck" with "as it comes".
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    Hi,

    Its about 15 to 20 sec. from off state to eject state.

    About play time... I try couple of Blu Ray's all are different load time, so can't say exectly what is loading to play time. But mostly faster than PS3.

    I hope it helps

    Thanks
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    From off to disc tray open:- 23 sec , my old player Samsung 1400 was 18sec

    Transformers; tray open to Dreamworks screen 1m 4 sec, old player 1min 26sec.
    So overall I'm pretty happy!:D
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    Hi kalababa.
    I've ordered my BD 35 from Amazon and should get it on Fri.
    How does the picture compare with the PS3?.
    Sorry to go off topic,but i notice that you got some smart A/V gear but why the LCD?.
    Movies look way better on a plasma due to it's superior black level.
    I couldn't help but notice that the bezel on the Sony LCD is grey which helps hide the fact that blacks on LCD's are also grey.Clever ploy from Sony.
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    You're not only off topic - you're also out of date! :D
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