Panasonic DMP-BD55 (DMPBD55K) Blu-ray Player On Sale for $399 (Pre-Order)
By Big Picture Big Sound Deal Meister
2008-09-24 09:48:25 http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Pa...r_399_95.shtml
We love the unrelenting advancement of technology. When they first came out just a few short years ago, Blu-ray Disc players sold for upwards of $1,000. They were slow to load, awkward to use, and limited in features. Sure, Blu-ray Discs looked amazing in all their 1080p glory, but there was limited support for advanced audio codecs from DTS and Dolby, no multi-channel analog outputs for compatibility with pre-HDMI A/V receivers, no support for internet connectivity and no support for BonusView (PIP commentary).
All that has changed. Now you can pre-order Panasonic's latest 4th generation Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BD55 (or DMP-BD55K as it's also called) for under $400 and it kicks the first and second generation BD players right in the tuchas! Note that right now, the price is listed as $499.99 from a vendor other than Amazon, but if you look on the right of the page you'll see "More Buying Options" where you can pre-order the unit from Amazon itself (an authorized Panasonic dealer) for just $399.95 with free shipping.
Panasonic's DMP-BD55 is the top Blu-ray Player in their fourth generation model line. The DMP-BD55K features 5.1 or 7.1-channel analog audio outputs for compatibility with non-HDMI-equipped receivers and preamp/processors. We've seen an early demo of the DMP-BD55 and it looks like it offers even better video performance than its predecessors, the DMP-BD50 and DMP-BD30 so pre-order it from Amazon.com now before they change their minds!
DMP-BD55K Key Features
BD-Live: Enjoy Additional Content via Internet (requires optional SD card)
PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus
High Precision 4:4:4 color processing: Experience the Original Movie Quality
P4HD: Advanced Picture Processing for 1080p (including 1080p/24 output for Blu-ray and standard DVD)
7.1-channel Lossless Decode & 7.1-channel HDMI/Analog Output
On-board decoding or bitstreaming of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio
Advanced, High Quality Sound Enhances Blu-ray® Experience
96Hz Surround Re-Master
VIERA Link™: Control All of Your AV Devices With One Remote
SD Memory Card Slot: Enjoy Precious Memories in HD (Photos and Video)