The competition between Sony and Panasonic continues in the U.S. market with the introduction of the DMP-BD35, DMP-BD55
and the high-end BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray players.
Panasonic DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55
Announced in Europe at the IFA 2008 trade show last week, both
players are coming into the U.S market and are currently on
display at the CEDIA Convention.
The DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 incorporate the PHL
Reference Chroma Processor Plus video processor, which promises
to offer crisp, vivid colors that are extremely close to the
original. A high-precision 4:4:4 function creates video signals
in which each pixel of the signal from the Blu-ray Disc is
color-compensated, so when the BD35/55 is connected to a
Panasonic VIERA HDTV, the colors are even sharper and more vivid.
Both models feature an HD Audio Decoder (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby
Digital Plus and DTSTM-HD Master Audio Essential), which supports
the 7.1-channel surround sound newly adopted in Blu-ray Discs.
Users can also enjoy 7.1-channel surround even with systems that
do not support HD Audio -- as long as the DMP-BD35/55 is
connected to a 7.1-channel receiver equipped with an HDMI
The Panasonic BD55 goes a step further with a
high-end audio design and components. Thanks to a 192kHz 24bit
audio digital-analog converter and high quality insulators,
electrolytic capacitors, copper-foil film capacitors and
ultra-low-impedance electrolytic capacitors, the DMP-BD55
delivers the same kind of surround effect and lifelike ambience
as today's finest cinemas. The DMP-BD55 can also output analog
signals for 7.1-channel sound, so even receivers that are not
compatible with HDMI can produce the newest 7.1-channel surround
sound by simply connecting to the DMP-BD55.
The high-quality image and sound technologies found in the
BD35/55 are incorporated in the UniPhier chip. UniPhier is a
Panasonic-created system LSI developed by applying 45-nanometer
processing to a consumer product. This single-chip integration
technology also contributes greatly to the BD35?s world's
slimmest height of 49mm.
Both the BD35 and BD55 feature BD-Live and they are equipped
with an SD Memory Card slot that makes it easy to transfer images
from an HD camcorder or digital still camera that uses SD Memory
Cards. Simply insert the SD card into the DMP-BD35/55 and it
plays AVCHD-format video images or JPEG stills in full 1920 x
1080 resolution on your flat panel HDTV.
Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray player
At the same event, Sony today announced the new BDP-S5000ES
Blu-ray Disc player.
The model, which is fully BD-Live capable, features an Ethernet
connection that allows users to connect to the Internet via their
existing service provider to access BD-Live features and easy
firmware updates. It also is equipped with an external flash
memory port and includes a 1GB Sony Micro Vault Tiny flash
The BDP-S5000ES also features Quick Start mode, improving boot-up
times to approximately six seconds, which is seven times faster
than previous models.
Unique to the model is Sony's new 14-bit HD video processor,
which improves standard definition and high-definition picture
quality with the help of HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit
Mapping technologies. HD Reality Enhancer continually analyzes
bit by bit of the original source, sharpening edges and
reproducing detail, while reducing the effects of film grain.
Super Bit Mapping delivers smoother color gradation realizing
true 14-bit equivalent color tone from 8-bit sources connected
The model's analog audio circuit board is isolated from the video
board to avoid interference. Additionally, the unit's rigid frame
and beam chassis helps to reduce vibration and a low-leakage
R-core transformer minimizes the interference of digital noise.
The BDP-S5000ES incorporates Sony's new Precision Cinema HD
Upscale technology that converts standard-definition signals
(480i) to 1080p and outputs a full HD equivalent resolution
signal to 1080p TVs via HDMI. The model even improves analog
component video output thanks to 14-bit/297MHz video D/A
Additionally, the model adds Sony's new Precision Drive HD, which
helps to detect and correct wobbling discs from three directions,
stabilizing playback of bent or scratched Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
The model offers 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio decoding
and bit-stream output, as well as analog 7.1 channel output with
Advanced Current Segment Audio D/A converters for legacy AV
receivers and decoders.
The BDP-S5000ES supports Deep Color video output and AVCHD discs
encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology. The players also
feature compatibility with an array of video formats, including
BD-R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/RW
(CD-DA format), and JPEG on? BD/DVD/CD recordable media.
The new BDP-S5000ES will be available in November for about