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False Start on this one but now 5 star rating
on 11 September 2009
Had to return this player on the day I received it as the picture would freeze after about 5 minutes of play and all functions on the unit became locked. Only solution was to switch it off and on again so that I could retrieve the discs. This happened with all the discs that I tried. Contacted Panasonic and it seems likely that the laser tracking is at fault. Amazon with their usual courteous response are sending a replacement player. Not Amazon's fault but if the replacement is OK I will modify the 2 stars rating as the picture quality on Blu-ray and DVD upscaling was excellent during the first few minutes of each disc that it would play.
Update: Received replacement BD-60 player today (15 Sept) via courier service at no extra cost to me and must congratulate Amazon for their attention in this matter. The replacement player works well and the picture clarity, sound and colour purity (on the 'Baraka' Blu-ray disc) are outstanding through my Panasonic Viera TV. It is also an eye-opener as to what the TV is capable of. Set up was incredibly simple as the Viera Link between the BD-60 and TV using the HDMI connection did it all for me, except that if you have a TV capable of 1080p/24fps, do be aware that the 24p output on the BD-60 is not enabled by default. You have to switch it on in the Set-up menu under TV/Device connection, otherwise movement in the picture can show a slight flicker on 24p discs. The so-called slow disc loading that seems to bother some reviewers is not an issue for me. The superior picture quality of this player over other comparable players makes an extra 30 seconds loading time seem insignificant. Do we really think that 30 or so seconds is stealing time from us? Get some Zen in your life. I therefore give 5 stars both to the product and to Amazon.
New Update: December 2009. There has been a problem with this BD player concerning random freezing of the picture for several seconds when playing Blu-Ray discs. Firmware version 2.2 apparently resolves this issue so it is important that your BD60 has this firmware update. It can be downloaded from the internet directly to the player using the ethernet connection. It can also be downloaded to your PC from the Panasonic global site, decompressed and then burnt to a disc (however, not for Mac users). This CD version can also be obtained directly from panasonic by phoning their support line (although this will take a few days to arrive by post). I went for the latter alternative and just put the disc into the player and the new firmware was updated (instructions are enclosed with the disc).