Panasonic’s Next Steps in Blu-ray & Audio Tech
Panasonic is showcasing its latest audio and video technology performance enhancements in its newest two Blu-ray player models and in its first new A/V control receiver.
The flagship DMP-BD55 and the DMP-BD35, which replace the BD50 and BD30, respectively, in October at prices yet to be announced, feature built-in BD-Live capability and SD Memory Card slots. Their PHL Chroma Processor Plus technology offers higher image delineation and clearer differences between color borders, said Tetsuya Itani, chief engineer of Panasonic’s Advanced Development Team/Product Engineering Group, who gave a demonstration of the players’ technical merits at a New York briefing yesterday. They use a new LSI that Itani said represents “an evolution in vertical chroma upsampling.”
Both decode HD Audio, and the 55 decodes 7.1-channel analog; it is also endowed with gold-plated connectors and other top-grade construction features.