First Listen: Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player

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First Listen: Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player

I just received the Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player ($359 street). As you may have seen in my post about unboxing the BD55:

http://www.avguide.com/article/unboxing-panasonic-dmp-bd55-blu-ray-disc-player

I plan to use this player as one source for a multichannel controller article that I’m doing for The Absolute Sound.  I selected the BD55 for this duty because it has multichannel analog out and because Panasonic seems to have paid some attention to the D/A conversion rather than just viewing it as a necessity for those who refuse to upgrade their receivers.

Since my TAS article isn’t about the BD55 per se, I thought I’d pass along some of my listening notes specifically about the BD55 for those of you who are considering this player.

These are early days in the listening process, so consider these notes with some skepticism. As you may know from some of the discussions in the AVGuide forums, one of the limitations of any listening methodology is that to understand the behaviors of a piece of equipment, we have to feed in material that triggers the behaviors we want to study. In short, the music or movies we play must allow edgy treble or ill-defined bass or great soundstaging to be heard. You can’t easily evaluate treble balance with a solo recording of string bass. 

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