- Written by Chris Heinonen and Adrian Wittenberg
- Published on 26 January 2010
I'm sure all reviewers, just like myself, are grateful for HDMI when hooking up new components. Hooking up the Panasonic was as simple as plugging in the power cord, hooking up a spare HDMI cable to my receiver, and connecting an Ethernet cable. Once I had it connected, the first thing I always do is check for an updated Firmware, a process made much easier now that almost all Blu-ray players and other components contain Ethernet jacks. The Panasonic player connected quickly to the website, pulled down a new firmware, and updated the player quickly while I waited for a couple minutes. I would advise that people do the same with any new piece of electronics as an issue that you might into later might have already been fixed with an updated firmware release.
Once the player was updated, I continued into the setup menus, which were well designed and easy to follow. The player supports 1080p/24 playback, so I selected that for my output, and then chose to have the player decode TrueHD and DTS-MA HD for me and send it as PCM, instead of bitstreaming. I also recommend that other people do the same since the only drawback you will have is the lack of a TrueHD or DTS-MA HD light on your receiver, but you gain better support for alternate audio tracks on the Blu-ray and potentially room correction on your receiver. Once I had my audio and video settings configured, it was time to start by watching some movies.