BD 35 competes with Sony 350
BD 55 competes with Sony 550
Video wise, BD 35= BD 55 exactly
Video wise, 350 = 550 exactly
the difference between "Step up" models is audio support, most particularly m-ch analog outputs after internal decoding. For those w/o HDMI receivers.
Panasonic has better bluray video than Sony. Only Pana passed all HQV tests Ive linked. The sony looks like it has more mosquito noise, or less smooth, I know ive seen it. The pana suffers the greatest shift in color points. Said to be very subtle. Sony suffers hitch in lower end color temp. Also said to be subtle. However sony didn't pass all the hqv tests.
get the panny. oh the panny can also do frame by frame slow mo. also the sony 350, "don't know about the 550, but I know the 350 has a disturbingly bad omission where it won't recode DD+ and DolbyTrueHD to legacy DD or DTS over spdif for people with legacy receivers"
I'd really appreciate your comments about these BR Players.
Which is better?
The Sony is att: http://www.elara.ie/products/detailsfull.asp?productcode=ECE1612334
The Panasonic http://panasonic.com.au/products/category.cfm?objectID=3512
In Australia the Panasonic DMP BD 55 is not available.
Also, I don't know what 'step up means'.
Thanks so much for any opinions.