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Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player review



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Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player


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Panasonic doesn’t hang about when it comes to Blu-ray. It feels like only yesterday that we were lavishing praise on the Profile 1.1-enabled DMP-BD30 and BD-Live compatible DMP-BD50, but the company has already launched their successors, the DMP-BD35 and BD55. These were unveiled at IFA Berlin last month (alongside Europe’s first Blu-ray recorder – finally) and look to offer the same top-quality performance and features as their predecessors but at more affordable prices.

The best news is that the DMP-BD35 goes one better than the BD30 by offering full BD-Live compatibility, supporting the web-based interactive content found on a growing number of Blu-ray discs. With the DMP-BD55 and DMP-BD50 also offering BD-Live support, Panasonic is amassing a formidable arsenal of hi-def decks that can deliver the full Blu-ray experience.

Panasonic has tweaked the design of the DMP-BD30 to create a more streamlined chassis, and its 49mm height makes it the world’s slimmest Blu-ray player. It’s a highly attractive and robustly built machine, styled in black to compliment Panasonic’s Viera TVs and AV receivers. A small flap on the right hand side of the front panel conceals a few buttons and an SD card slot, which plays a crucial role in the player’s BD-Live functionality – you’ll need it to store bonus content downloaded from the Internet, such as trailers, subtitles and BD-J applications. The SD slot also allows you to play JPEG and AVCHD files.

Around the back, you’ll find a surprisingly meagre selection of sockets, headlined of course by the HDMI 1.3 output, which supports all the usual goodies like Deep Colour, x.v.Colour and Viera Link. There’s also an Ethernet port for accessing online content and making firmware updates, plus component and composite video outputs, optical digital out and stereo audio output.

However, the multichannel analogue outputs found on the BD30 are missing, leaving the HDMI output as the only means of listening to HD audio formats – owners of older non-HDMI amps will have to settle for bog standard Dolby Digital and DTS from the optical digital output. Given that the player can internally decode Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio and DTS HD, it feels like a missed opportunity, but we won’t come down too hard on Panasonic as it’s a price-driven decision – the pricier BD55 adds 7.1-channel analogue outputs (and a coaxial digital audio output).

The player can pipe Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio and DTS HD bitstreams to a compatible AV receiver via HDMI, and this socket can also output these formats as multichannel PCM should your receiver not be able to decode them.

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September 9, 2008, 1:14 am

BD35 ?? BD55 ??

I have pre-ordered my BD50 but it hasn't even been released yet in the UK?

What is Panasonic playing at??

I have now cancelled by BD50 order and will look at other manufacturers.

Danny P

September 9, 2008, 2:56 pm

I can understand you feeling a little disgruntled by Panasonic's quick turnaround of players, but I think you'd be ill advised to shun them completely on that basis - the BD50 and BD35 are both fantastic players in terms of features and performance, putting Panasonic streets ahead of other manufacturers.


September 29, 2008, 5:54 am

i think you did a typo on. where you supposed to put dmp-bd35 instead you put dmp-bd50?


The DMP-BD50 shows Blu-ray at its very best, not only in terms of picture quality – which is absolutely sensational, by the way – but also in terms of sound, features and all-round usability. DVD playback is a touch disappointing but in all other respects, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Blu-ray player for this sort of money. "

Geoff Richards

September 29, 2008, 11:41 am

I think you're right, Chevy. This little slip has now been fixed.

Incidentally, you can read our BD50 review here for comparison:



October 4, 2008, 8:38 am

i am waiting on the DMP-bd55 :)


October 21, 2008, 4:02 pm

Now FINALLY available to preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Search for "Panasonic BD35"


October 24, 2008, 1:05 pm

If you don't want BD-Live is it worth paying the extra for a BD35 over a BD30?

Geoff Richards

November 13, 2008, 9:45 pm

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November 22, 2008, 1:04 am

I think Panasonic have missed a trick here.

The BD50 had was not even available when the BD55 was announced.

I contacted Panasonic twice over the last 2 months asking when the BD55 would be available. No reply.

So it's goodbye Panasonic. I'm going to get the Sony S550 - cheaper, comparable spec and available NOW !!!!


December 18, 2008, 12:46 am

ive got a TH37 PX8B plasma tv and i want a blu ray player, would this model now available at 𧶀 be a good match for my screen, i think i want to stick to Panasonic

any advice would be appreciated


December 28, 2008, 11:59 am

I just bought one of these players today after reading many positive reviews. The first thing I watched(On a 52" Samsung Series 5 LCD) was BBC Planet Earth, the "Pole to Pole" episode. First impressions are that the video quality is jaw-dropping and incredibly compelling even for people who are completely apathetic about clarity and definition. My receiver(Harman Kardon AVR 147) is not HDMI 1.3, and so my audio is not HD but 48khz PCM through optical. Never mind, it still sounds incredible with my Polk Audio speaker set.

Also I just watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, and again, it was shockingly good. I've not tested its upscaling performance, but I also don't care too much about that. Now that I have this kind of Blu Ray picture available, everything else looks vanilla and I'm not really dying to have the absolute best vanilla available when I know I can have rainbow sorbet.


February 14, 2009, 6:51 pm

Does anyone know whether this player is compatible to other AV system. My old Panasonic Av system (SA-HE7)can't interpret the sound from the machine and only shown stereo rather than 5.1channel when playing Blue ray Disc ( on optical lead). it is very frustrating eventhough they are all make by Panasonic.

w lupton

February 20, 2009, 12:48 am

hi all new here i have got a pioneer kuro 42" and in process of getting sky hd we have a pioneer surround system dcs575 i think it is can i use this player to hook up to it for sound ? need help on this thanks all


July 9, 2009, 2:35 am

@Ing I've got this player and I have it hooked up to my Pioneer via the optical link and its works just fine.


January 12, 2011, 6:55 pm

Hey Guys, we have this player just got a Yamaha HD amp and for love nor money we can not get HD audio, has there been a change in HDMI outputs that stops this player outputing HD audio to current Amps?

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