Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc™ Player DMP-BDT500

  • Twin HDMI Output for Video and Audio
  • Premium Sound Capable 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Player
  • Premium Audio Player Design

SpecificationsExpand All

  • Playable Discs
    • BD-ROM
    • FULL HD 3D
    • BD-Video
    • BD-RE/ BD-RE DL (Ver.3)
    • JPEG
    • MPO
    • BD-R/ BD-R DL (Ver.2)
    • MKV
    • DVD
    • DVD-Video
    • DVD-Video
    • DVD Video Recording
    • AVCHD
    • FLAC
    • MP3
    • MKV
    • JPEG
    • MPO
    • +R/ +R DL/ +RW
    • Video
    • AVCHD
    • CD, CD-R/ -RW
    • CD-DA
    • FLAC
    • MP3
    • MKV
    • JPEG
    • MPO
  • Audio System
    • Dolby® Digital Plus/ Dolby® TrueHD
    • DTS™-HD Master Audio Essential/ DTS™-HD High Resolution Audio
  • SD Memory Card
    • Slot
    • Compatible Media
    • Playback
    • JPEG
    • MPO
    • MPEG2 / AVCHD
  • USB
    • Slot
    • Front
    • Rear
    • USB Standard
    • Playback
    • FLAC
    • MP3
    • MKV/ MP4
    • JPEG
    • MPO
  • High Quality Picture
    • Adaptive Chroma Processing
    • 2D-3D Conversion
    • 3D Effect Controller
    • Full HD Up Sampling (New P4HD)
    • 1080/24p Playback
    • Deep Color
    • x.v.Color
  • High Quality Sound
    • Pure Audio on HDMI
    • High Clarity Sound Plus
    • Digital Tube Sound
    • Audio D/A Converter
    • Analog 7.1ch Output
    • 96kHz Surround Re-Master
  • Easy to Use
    • Touch Pad Remote
    • Smartphone Remote Control
    • Smart Sensor for Eco Quick Start
    • Multi-User Mode/ Stylish GUI / Wallpaper
    • VIERA Link™ (HDAVI Control 5)
  • Networking
    • VIERA Connect™
    • Wireless LAN System
    • DLNA (DMP&DMR) Function
    • Network Drive Access
    • BD-Live™
  • Terminal
    • HDMI Output
    • Video Output
    • Optical Output
    • Coaxial Output
    • Analog Audio Output
    • LAN (Ethernet) Terminal
  • Others
    • Video System
    • Audio S/N
    • Dynamic Range
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Normal Use[Approx.]
    • Standby - Quick Start Off[Approx.]
    • Standby - Quick Start On[Approx.]
  • Dimensions, Weight
    • Main Unit[Approx.]
    • Dimensions (W x H x D) [Approx.]
    • Weight [Approx.]
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC


DMP-BDT500 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Bluray player that needs a little tweaking 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. Analog sound is outstanding, especially when connected to a high quality amp. CDs really sound great, much better than a conventional player or IPod. Digital is also excellent. Build quality is excellent, similar to the old Technics audio line. Solid. What could be better: 1. The time display on the unit needs to have much better viewing angle, when set above the TV. It is hard to read through the flip-up panel due to the brushed aluminum obscuring the time display. 2. Ditch the touch panel remote and use the BDT220's remote, which is good. The touch panel remote is plain annoying and more work. 3. Please, please, make all Blu-ray players' remotes have the ability to hit the number keypad and the CD track plays. No need for the TV to be on or hitting extra keys or menus. It should work just like a Technics CD player. Easy. Add CD playback features and I will pay extra. 4. This unit has a CD tray, which is one of the reasons I bought it. Ditch the slot loaders on the other models, as they scratch discs. Overall, a great player with a few annoyances, but minor and nice to see someone build quality, rather than cheap. Very happy with it. 5. No buttons on top. These should be on front, so stacking doesn't get in the way.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Player I have had several blruray players in the past few years. Most functioning the same, but adding a feature or two here and there. I just figured that if you had a Home Theater System that what you got visually and with matching audio would just always be above the best. Sadly, after purchasing this player I was so wrong! I had no idea that Video and mostly Audio could be further enriched with this player and bottom line, it does! Oh, is there some tweaking that has to be done with the settings, why yes... Did the remote take a step backwords with the touchpad, yes. But, a good remote. I use a Harmony with my theather system so no problems for me personally here. I picked up another player for another older home theater and it did wonders for it as well. Listen, I can see why this player may not be for everyone that won't utilize it's capabilities properly. For me, it's an amazing unit that looks and sounds fantastic! The unit was well designed and is the future reference for other generations that would follow it. Hopefully not for some time to come...
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Quality First, I would like to inform anyone who reads this that I did not have any prior knowledge nor real experience with Panasonic Blu-Ray players. Also, I researched, hard, to find the best player for my dollars. At the time this player was released, The Oppo 93 was out, and was only $100 more. I checked out review after review, and although many may think the Oppo would be the better player, it is, in fact, not. The BDT 500 is all around a better player. The audio outputs, D/A converters (for analogue), and audio features are top notch. The dual HDMI allows for connecting a tv and a projector simultaneously. Fantastic. Well, I won't go on and on, needless to say, I believe this player is the best deal in the current home theater market. Plenty of apps, plenty of features, and plenty of quality. Any negatives? Well, yes. I do not like the touch pad remote. Its the reason for my 4 stars on "ease of use." Similar to what is found on laptops, this slidie finger remote control thing is frustrating. If you read the reviews, they will say it is frustrating at first. Well, it continues to be frustrating, although the truth is, it is unique and it does work and, you may like it. For those who don't, download the remote control app for your smart phone and you can chose gesture based or standard type remote, so that's good. Any other negatives? Not really The audio outputs are a little tricky when using a Hi fi system and a projector, because the main HDMI will go to the projector, and the sub HDMI will go to your preamp/processor; which will then run to your tv from your processor. In MY setup (and this may be my pre/pro,) I have to use the function that turns off the video to the sub-HDMI output, and outputs audio only through that HDMI, while outputting video to the projector through the main HDMI, before I am able to get True HD, DTS HD, etc. Once you figure that out, everything works perfectly. Picture quality? Oustanding. Check out What Hi Fi magazine for a professional review on this player. Also, they tested the Oppo. they liked this one better. True statement. Before I purchased the Panasonic, I emailed What Hi-fi and asked the reviewer which one was the better player. He said he liked the Panny better. Why we haven't seen more reviews in the U.S. on this player, I don't know. One final note, this player also allows you to play your movies from an external hard drive. Many file formats are compatible.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Awesome Blu ray Player This is the best blu ray player I have owned from panasonic. Instructions are not that difficult to understand and very easy to hook up and get going. The negative reviews I have read are from non Tech savy people and their is nothing wrong with that...but don't bash a very good product and turn others away. As far as the streaming goes Netflix never looked so good and was excellent and when it comes to wifi there are variables that factor in. It is not the fault of the blu ray player it is normaly internet speed or how many devices is using the internet at the same time slowing down the speeds. This I know cause I work in the Telecommunications.
Date published: 2013-02-08
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Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good features, not brilliant implementation I bought this purely because I needed analogue outputs and I needed network ability. The good : Picture and Audio quality are excellent. Ethernet port is useful (my home network is all cat5e wired only). The rest : Remote control is a headache but usable. The DLNA streaming (using this unit as a client) is fine for audio, but a complete non-starter for video. I don't believe I have managed to play any video files from any DLNA server (I have a few DLNA servers on my home network, XBMC, Twonky on QNAP none work. This is widely reported in other reviews). The Direct (SAMBA) network drive access is good for SD and lower bitrate HD movie files. I think the maximum workable bitrate this unit can manage for combined audio and video across a wired network is approx 9 Megabits. Full bitrate bluray files can be up to 40 megabits per sec so generally only "compressed" blu ray rips will be playable from the network. Playing full bitrate blurays from a local USB connected drive works fine. Some "features" such as 24p etc are only available when playing actual discs. User Interface is OK, I don't have any other bluray players to compare it with but I suspect its about average. If all the features worked as they should, eg full bitrate bluray via DLNA and/or SAMBA then it would be the best bluray player on the planet.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from don't buy if.... Do not buy this unit if you want reliable networking. Do not buy this unit if you want a remote control that actually works. Do not buy this unit if you want a menu structure that is clear and easy to navigate. DO buy this unit if you only desire good quality disc playback, and are willing to pay for many other features that are very poorly implemented.
Date published: 2012-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNLA Networking Functions Poor.. One of the primary uses for this player for me was to access my music/photo/video files on my PC thru the DNLA home networking function. To my regret, this unit and all other Panasonic units will NOT stream MP4 or Mpeg2 video formats from the PC. "They" say you can do that from a memory stick or attached HDD. So, if they can read those files from a directly attached Stick/HDD, why cant they read it wirelessly streamed?? Come on Panasonic, get with the program!! The other manufacturers do this easily, even with their entry level units.
Date published: 2012-11-26
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Owner's Manuals
How To Guided Tutorials
  • What do I do if the unit has no power?
    If the unit is not powering on, remove the power cord plug from any power strip it may be connected to and plug directly into the wall outlet.
  • What should I do if my Blu-ray player freezes or locks-up?
    If your Blu-ray player is not responding then do as follows:

    1. Unplug all cables and USB devices from the player.
    2. Unplug the power, wait about 30 seconds then reconnect.

    We recommend connecting the player (wired) to your network and attempt updating its Firmware again.
  • What can I do if I am have difficulties accessing Netflix?
    For Netflix related problems please do the following:

    1. Connect your player to your Wired / Wireless network.
    2. Check to ensure that your player is set to your current "Time Zone". The wrong "Time Zone" may cause connectivity issues. To check the Time Zone, go to "Setup" -> "Player Settings" -> "Network" -> "Network Settings" -> "Network Service Settings" -> "Time Zone".
    3. Click the [Netflix] button on your players remote to launch the Netflix application. If Netflix does not load what is the error message displayed?
    4. If you experience an error in connection do the following: "Setup" -> "Player Settings" -> "Network" -> "Network Settings" -> "IP Address/DNS Settings" -> "DNS Auto Configuration". Change this setting from "On" to "Off" then change your "Primary DNS" to and your "Secondary DNS" to
    5. Check to see if other Apps are able to be accessed. If other Apps can be accessed and Netflix is the only App not loading, this may be a Netflix issue.
  • How do I activate my Netflix account?
    Start by pressing the Netflix button on your remote or select the App showing on screen. If you do not already have an existing Netflix account you'll see an option on Netflix screen offering a free month. "Start your Free Month" should already be highlighted. Navigate to the form and Click [OK] and fill out the information as required on the screen.
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