Released March, 2009
The Pros:7.1 analog outputs. Profile 2.0. Upconverts SD and HD signals to full 1080p.
The Cons:No built-in memory. DTS HD MA ESSENTIAL does not include the following legacy DTS formats: DTS 96/24, ES, ES Matrix, and Neo:6. These DVD Audio Codec's can not be decoded internaly on this machine. (important if using analog output, will be bitstreamed to AVR if using digital connection). Slow startup and load times. (comp. to PS3 and some of the other 2009 Stand alone BD models).
The Panasonic DMP-BD80 is a Profile 2.0 HD blu-ray player based on PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus high-image processing technology that reproduces clear, vivid, and realistic colors for an enhanced entertainment experience.
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The third of three Panasonic DMP-BD players, the Panasonic DMP-BD80 is an upgrade from the Panasonic DMP-BD60 in that it features a built-in 7.1 channel analog that produces true 7.1 surround sound, thereby offering a home theater environment described as "rivaling the movie theaters." The Panasonic DMP-BD70V retails for a slightly more expensive $429.99 (versus 399.99) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
In addition, the DMP-BD80 includes VIERA CAST technology that allows users to access the Internet without either an external box or PC, not to mention a VIERA Link that allows the user to operate their audio/video components through HDMI with just one remote. The DMP-BD80 also features a high definition audio decoder (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential), an SD Memory card slot and USB slot that makes it simple for users to view/share digital images and HD video, high precision 4:4:4 signal technology which works alongside the Chroma Processor Plus to process each horizontal/video signal, Pixel Precision Progressive Processing that optimizes more than 15 billion pixels per second, 16-level motion detection to categorize the image motion of each pixel, diagonal processing to detect and correct diagonals, and 1080p up-conversion to up-convert content recorded in 480i/p or 720p format to 1080p. Plus, the DMP-BD80 boasts 96kHz surround re-master to enhance sound quality, a playback information window for displaying detailed image information, an Auto Power Stand-By function, a Stand-By Power Save function, and a Quick Start function.
- HD Blu-Ray Player
- PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus Technology
- VIERA Cast Technology
- VIERA Link
- HDMI 1.3
- Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD
- SD Memory Card Slot
- USB 2.0 Port
- 4:4:4 Signal Technology
- Pixel Precision Progressive Processing
- 16-Level Motion Detection
- Diagonal Processing
- 1080p Up-Conversion
- 96kHz Surround Re-Master
- 7.1 Channel Analog
- Playback Information Window
- Auto Power Stand-By Function
- Stand-By Power Save Function
- Quick Start Function
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
User Reviews (8)
upconverts SD and HD signals to full 1080p
decodes high definition audio formats (Dolby TruHD, dts HD MA)
connects to Internet without external box or PC
Never had a problem with Panasonic
DTS HD MA ESSENTIAL does not include the following legacy DTS formats: DTS 96/24, ES, ES Matrix, and Neo:6. These DVD Audio Codec's can not be decoded internaly on this machine. (important if using analog output, will be bitstreamed to AVR if using digital connection)
Slow startup and load times. (comp. to PS3 and some of the other 2009 Stand alone BD models)
Price in Canada $150 higher than competitors compariable models
does not have (future) profile 3.0
decodes dts HD-MA ESSENTIAL, not dts HD-MA
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