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

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DMP-BDT500
Features
  • Twin HDMI Output for Video and Audio
  • Premium Sound Capable 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Player
  • Premium Audio Player Design

Features

True to Cinema Sound Quality


High Grade Audio Parts

High quality sound reproduction

High-precision audio processing by four independent 192 kHz 32-bit audio DACs for 7.1-channel sound ensure minimal noise. Highly durable corrosion-resistant gold-plated terminals maintain the high sound quality. The same high-grade capacitors found in top-class audio components are used for the signal and power supply circuits. The result is substantially less distortion, with smooth high frequencies and deep, rich bass. Insulators suppress housing vibration, greatly reducing noise interference and enabling faithful reproduction even of weak signal nuances that might otherwise be masked by vibration.

Breathtaking Realism


FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Playback

Reproduction of all image data from Hollywood 3D movies on discs

The advanced 2D image technologies of the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory have also been applied to 3D image playback, providing high quality images of the film that is approaching that of film. Lifelike 3D for beautifully reproduced images that leap off the screen with enhanced depth, luster and texture.

Adaptive Chroma Processing

Faithful color reproduction

Adaptive Chroma Processing is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of Blu-ray Disc™ video signals in the vertical and horizontal directions. Vertical color data has been increased 1.5 times (compared with 2010 models), allowing Adaptive Chroma Processing to reproduce color data more faithfully than ever before.

2D-3D Conversion

Watch 2D images in 3D

2D-3D Conversion enables conversion of 2D images on DVDs and Blu-ray™ Discs into 3D images with natural depth perception. Screen type (flat or round), and frame color are easily selectable. Watch your prized DVD movie collection in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment. The new 2012 models can also convert content from VIERA Connect™* into 3D images of stunning depth.

24p Output for VOD

Cinematic playback for multi content

The Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Theaters not only play Blu-ray Discs™ and DVDs, but also video-on-demand movies content in the same 24p format as used at movie theaters. Connection to a 24p capable TV via an HDMI cable lets you enjoy a wide array of content with full cinematic picture quality.

*Requires a TV that supports 24p playback.

Smart Networking


VIERA Connect™

Explore online entertainment

Panasonic upgraded its home AV online platform from VIERA CAST™ to VIERA Connect™ in Autumn 2011. This new platform not only offers users greater convenience but greatly enhances enjoyment as well. Now, you can enjoy an even wider variety of Internet content with family and friends from the comfort of your living room.

• BD87/77 only compatible with Netflix, CinemaNow, Vudu, Youtube.
• Additional services are available through VIERA Connect™. Network content services are operated by their respective service providers, and service may be discontinued either temporarily or permanently without notice.
• Netflix unlimited streaming membership required.
• Requires broadband Internet service.
See page 27 for regarding other content and trademarks.

About VIERA Connect™

• VIERA Connect™ home screen is subject to change without notice.
• All features of websites or content of the service may not be available.
• Some content may be inappropriate for some viewers.
• Some content may only be available for specific countries and may be presented in specific languages.
• Not all features of websites or service content may be available.
• The Amazon Instant Video™, Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube™, Dailymotion, USTREAM®, tagesschau, Hulu Plus, Pandora®, SHOUTcast, FOX Sports™, MLB, MLS, Facebook, Twitter®, Picasa Web Albums™, AccuWeather, AP names and logos are trademarks of their respective owners in the United States and other countries.
• The Skype name, associated trademarks and logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
• Attention: it is not possibl e to make emergency calls with Skype™.
• The information presented here is based on comparisons with Panasonic’s 2012 products as of the end of December 2011. Functions and ser vices may change. The names and market releases of the products, functions and services listed here vary depending on the country.
• Not all apps are initially included and some require downloading or purchasing.

Original Panasonic Skype Functions

Enjoy communication in your living room with family and friends

Auto Answering Video Message

Record an original message and use it as your answering video message. The message will play automatically when you receive a phone call while you are away.

Video Voice Mail Recording

Callers can record messages while you are away onto an SD Memory Card* so you can watch the messages when you return home.

*Minimum 512MB required.

DLNA

Smart home networking

DLNA-certified Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Theaters are easy to use with your home network. Share and enjoy digital photos ), music (MP3, WMA) and videos (AVCHD, WMV) by simply connecting to a home network (LAN). For example, you can install a special app on your smartphone and use it to access a DLNA-certified PC via a Wi-Fi router in another room. The PC works as a DLNA server where your collection of movies, photos and videos is stored. You can access, browse and view media stored on the server while in another room without having to worry about shuffling discs.

• Requires Windows 7 Operating System. Playability may depend on PC performance.

External HDD Playback

Easily enjoy stored content

The 2012 Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Theaters are compatible with NTFS (NT File System) format external hard disk drives, so you can enjoy music (FLAC, MP3), photos , MPO), and camcorder video content (AVCHD, MP4) archived on an external HDD.

• Playback is not possible with some external hard disk drives.

Smart Operation


Smartphone Remote Control

Operation via a smartphone

Download the Panasonic remote control apps for free and turn your iPhone® or compatible Android™ device into a versatile remote. You can also search for additional entertainment and movie information. By installing the Panasonic remote control apps onto your smartphone, you can easily operate your Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Theaters by tapping and swiping on your smartphone.

• iPhone Remote Control App must be downloaded from the App Store (iTunes Store).
• For this function, a wireless LAN environment is required.
• System Requirements: iPod touch 3rd generation or later, iPhone 3GS or later, iOS version 4.2 or later.

Wi-Fi Built-in

Easily connect a home network

A Wi-Fi system is built right into the main unit so you can enjoy VIERA Connect™ and BD-Live™ content without having to connect the Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Theaters with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adaptor.

• A wireless LAN environment is required.

Multi-User Mode

Enjoy with favorite setting

As many as 4 users can be registered. Not only can each user’s name be set but also all of the user’s favorite settings, including the user’s icon, favorite home screen wallpaper, picture mode and audio mode.

Touch Pad Remote Control

Intuitive operation

The remote controls for the DMP-BBT01, BDT500 and BDT320 have a touch pad for intuitive operation so you can simply swipe your fingertips across the remote control so you can easily navigate through the GUI on the screen.

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-R/ DVD-R DL/ DVD-RW
    • 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
    • TWIN HDMI
    • 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
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Reviews

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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
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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