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Panasonic DMP-BD55K Operating Instructions Manual

Blu-ray disc ™ player with 7.1ch lossless decode and analog output, bd-live, sd card slot dmp-bd55k operating manual.
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Dear customer
Thank you for purchasing this product.
For optimum performance and safety, please read these instructions carefully.
Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product, please read the instructions completely. Please keep this manual for future reference.
Region management information
This unit plays BD-Video marked with labels containing the region code A.
This unit plays DVD-Video marked with labels containing the region number "1" or "ALL".
As an ENERGY STAR Partner,
Panasonic has determined that
this product meets the ENERGY STAR
guidelines for energy efficiency.
For Canada only: The word "Participant" is used in place of the word
La referencia rápida en español se puede encontrar en la página 45.

Operating Instructions

Blu-ray Disc Player
Model No.
If you have any questions contact
:The warranty can be found on page 42.
:The warranty can be found on page 43.
RQT9243-1P or RQT9350-P


   Summary of Contents for Panasonic DMP-BD55K

  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    This unit plays DVD-Video marked with labels containing the region number “1” or “ALL”. ® As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Panasonic has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. For Canada only: The word “Participant” is used in place of the word “Partner”.

  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way Secaucus, NJ 07094 Support Contact: Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company Telephone No.: 1-800-211-PANA (7262)

  • Page 3: Unit And Media Care

    Unit and media care Disc and card handling Clean discs DO NOT Wipe with a damp cloth and then wipe dry. Disc and card handling precautions ≥Handle discs by the edges to avoid inadvertent scratches or fingerprints on the disc. ≥Do not attach labels or stickers to discs (This may cause disc warping, rendering it unusable).

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Getting started IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...2 Unit and media care ...3 Accessory information...5 Disc and card information ...6 Audio and video information...8 Connections...10 Broadband network connection...14 Firmware updates...14 Remote control and unit reference guide...15 Setting ...16 Network settings...17 Playback Basic play (Playing video contents) ...19...

  • Page 5: Accessory Information

    (K2KA6BA00004) (ONLY FOR U.S.A. ) Product Registration Card Please complete and return the included product registration card, or register via the Internet at: [BD55] [BD35] : (ONLY FOR CANADA) The enclosed Canadian French label sheet corresponds to the English display on the front and back side of the unit.

  • Page 6: Disc And Card Information

    Disc and card information Commercially sold discs This chart shows the different type of retail/commercial discs you can use, and also includes the industry-standard logos that should appear on the discs and/or packaging. Type of media BD-Video DVD-Video User recorded media This chart shows the different type of discs recorded with other devices that you can use.

  • Page 7

    ≥If the SD card you are attempting to use was formatted on a PC, it is possible that the card may not work properly. ≥We recommend using a Panasonic SD card. ≥Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.

  • Page 8: Audio And Video Information

    Audio and video information About audio from audio output terminals Before connecting, read the table below, and confirm the desired audio type and necessary settings (“BD-Video Secondary Audio”, “Dolby D/Dolby D +/Dolby TrueHD” or “DTS/DTS-HD”). ( ≥The number of channels listed is the maximum possible number of output channels. HDMI AV OUT/DIGITAL AUDIO OUT Terminal “Dolby D/Dolby D +/Dolby TrueHD”/...

  • Page 9: Regarding 24p Output

    Regarding 24p output [BD-V] Many BD-Video movie contents are recorded in 24 frames/second in accordance with the film materials. However, they will normally be output in 60 frames/second in accordance with the display format. These can be output in 24p as the original. Therefore, high-quality video can be enjoyed, such as the improved clarity, enhanced perspective, etc. NECESSARY CONNECTIONS ≥Connect to a TV supporting 1080/24p input via an HDMI cable.

  • Page 10: Connections

    ≥Please use High Speed HDMI Cables that have the HDMI logo (as shown on the cover). It is recommended that you use Panasonic’s HDMI cable. When outputting 1080p signal, please use HDMI cables 5.0 meters (16.4 ft) or less. Recommended part number: RP-CDHG10 (1.0 m/3.3 ft), RP-CDHG15 (1.5 m/4.9 ft.), RP-CDHG20 (2.0 m/6.6 ft), RP-CDHG30 (3.0 m/9.8 ft.), RP-CDHG50...

  • Page 11: Connecting To A Television

    12, 13) ≥The HDMI connection supports VIERA Link “HDAVI Control” ( 26) when used with a compatible Panasonic TV. ≥[BD55]: “Analog Audio Output” should be set to “2ch (Downmix) + 5.1ch”. ( ≥The Component Video cable does not carry audio, so you must also connect the L and R audio channels using the Audio/ Video cable.

  • Page 12

    ( ≥The HDMI connection supports VIERA Link “HDAVI Control” ( 26) when used with a compatible Panasonic TV. ≥This unit comes equipped with a Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoder. When an amplifier/receiver with 7.1ch speakers that supports HDMI (High Bit rate...

  • Page 13

    F Connecting to 5.1ch AUDIO OUT terminal   Back of the unit G Installation using Coaxial [BD55] With COAXIAL Back of the unit With OPTICAL Optical digital audio cable Back of the unit AC power connection Back of the unit AC power supply cord (included) [BD55] Multi channel speakers...

  • Page 14: Broadband Network Connection

    RQT9243 or RQT9350 Firmware updates Occasionally, Panasonic releases firmware updates for this BD Player. Firmware is embedded software that controls this unit’s microprocessor. These updates may add or improve a feature of this unit. Firmware updates may also be released to correct operating irregularities that are discovered with certain movies.

  • Page 15: Remote Control And Unit Reference Guide

    Remote control and unit reference guide POWER POWER TV/VIDEO OPEN/CLOSE RECEIVER MUTING RE-MASTER CANCEL AUDIO SKIP SLOW/SEARCH STOP PAUSE PLAY STATUS FUNCTIONS SUB MENU RETURN SETUP SECONDARY AUDIO BD/SD 1 POWER button (POWER Í/I) ( Press to switch the unit from on to standby mode or vice versa. In standby mode, the unit is still consuming a small amount of power.

  • Page 16: Setting

    Turn on the television and select the appropriate video input on the television. 1 Press [Í BD POWER]. Setup screen appears. ≥If this unit is connected to a Panasonic TV (VIERA) supporting HDAVI Control 2 or HDAVI Control 3 via an HDMI cable, then the “On-screen Language” and “TV Aspect”...

  • Page 17: Network Settings

    Network settings These settings are used if you will connect this unit to the Internet. ≥The connection to the Internet may take time or the Internet may not be connected depending on the connection environment. ( It is required that you use a broadband connection. Preparation ≥Connect to a broadband network.

  • Page 18

    Network settings Setting the connection speed When the connection test results in “Fail” after the IP and DNS-IP addresses are assigned, perform the following settings. After performing steps 1–3 ( 4 Press [3, 4] to select “Auto Detect Connection Speed” and press [2, 1] to select “Off”.

  • Page 19: Basic Play (playing Video Contents)

    Basic play (Playing video contents) Playback Instructions for operations are generally described using the remote control in these operating instructions. [DivX]: [BD55] only Preparation Turn on the television and select the appropriate video input on the television. POWER POWER TV/VIDEO OPEN/CLOSE RECEIVER MUTING...

  • Page 20: Status Messages

    Basic play (Playing video contents) Frame-by-frame While paused, press [2] (2;) or [1] (;1). Each press shows the next frame. ≥Press and hold to change in succession forward or backward. ≥Press [1] (PLAY) to revert to normal playback speed. ≥[BD-V] [AVCHD]: Forward direction [1] (;1) only. Screen Aspect When black bars are shown at the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the screen, you can enlarge the image to fill the screen.

  • Page 21: Enjoying The Advanced Functions On Bd-video Discs

    Enjoying the advanced functions on BD-Video discs Some BD-Video discs are equipped with an advanced function added to the BD-Video standard to provide various interactive features. Feature Secondary video/audio (PIP) BD-Video BD-ROM version 2 Profile 1 version BONUSVIEW BD-ROM version 2 Profile 1 version 1.1/ Final Standard Profile BD-Live BD-ROM version 2 Profile 2...

  • Page 22: Chapter Playback

    Chapter playback 1 Insert a disc ( 19). ≥ “Title View” screen is displayed. e.g., DIRECT NAVIGATOR Title View DVD-RAM(VR) Video Picture No. Date Day Channel Start Title Name 9/ 5 10:00AM 9/ 5 IN 2 11:30AM 9/ 5 IN 2 11:59PM Rec.

  • Page 23: Useful Functions During Still Picture Play

    Useful functions during still picture play Start Slideshow You can display still pictures one by one at a constant interval. BD-RE, DVD-RAM While the “Album View” screen is displayed Press [3, 4, 2, 1] to select the album and press [SUB MENU]. 2 Press [3, 4] to select “Start Slideshow”...

  • Page 24: Playing Divx Videos

    Playing DivX videos You can play DVD-R, DVD-R DL and CD-R/CD-RW discs which contain DivX video contents that have been recorded on a personal computer. ≥Because DivX format can use many different codecs, there is no guarantee that all DivX files will play. ( JPEG/DivX files”) 1 Insert a disc.

  • Page 25: Playing Music

    Displaying subtitles text You can display subtitles text onto the DivX video disc on this unit. This function has no relation to the subtitles specified in DivX standard specifications and has no clear standard. Depending on the methods used to create the file, the following functions may not work. While playing Press [DISPLAY].

  • Page 26: Linked Operations With The Tv

    Playing music continuously even after turning off power to the television When the unit is connected to a Panasonic TV (VIERA) that supports HDAVI Control 2 or HDAVI Control 3 and an amplifier/receiver supports VIERA Link, the unit is turned off if the power to the television is turned off, since “Power off link” ( The following operations make it possible to keep the power of the unit on and to play music continuously.

  • Page 27: Easy Control Only With Viera Remote Control

    Easy control only with VIERA remote control If you connect this unit to a TV that has “HDAVI Control 2” or “HDAVI Control 3” function with an HDMI cable, you can operate this unit using the following buttons on the TV remote control. [3, 4, 2, 1], [OK], [RETURN], [EXIT], [SUB MENU] and colored buttons ([EXIT]: Exit the screen) Use the remote control for this unit to operate any other buttons (numbered buttons, etc.) that are not listed above.

  • Page 28: Settings

    Changing settings with the on-screen menu Settings On-screen menu operations 1 Press [DISPLAY]. 2 Press [3, 4] to select the menu and press [1]. 3 Press [3, 4] to select the item and press [1]. 4 Press [3, 4] to select the setting.

  • Page 29

    Menus Items Play Repeat Play Random Video Picture Progressive 24p [DVD-V] Audio 1, 2 Sound Effects* Dialog Enhancer* *1 This function is effective for audio from the HDMI terminal or the DIGITAL AUDIO OUT terminal only when “Dolby D/Dolby D +/Dolby TrueHD” or “DTS/DTS-HD”...

  • Page 30: Changing The Unit's Settings

    Changing the unit’s settings Settings Change the unit’s settings if necessary. The settings remain intact even if you switch the unit to standby. Setup menu operations While stopped Press [SETUP]. 2 Press [3, 4] to select the menu and press [OK]. 3 Press [3, 4] to select the item and press [OK].

  • Page 31

    To select these options, perform steps 1–4 ( “Video” [BD-V] [AVCHD] [DVD-V] Still Mode (paused video) Select the type of picture shown when you pause playback 46, Frames and fields). Seamless Play [DVD-VR] Select the play mode between playlist chapter segments and partially deleted titles.

  • Page 32

    Changing the unit’s settings To select these options, perform steps 1–4 ( Underlined items are the factory presets. “Display” Status Messages Choose whether to show status messages automatically. On-screen Language Choose the language for these menus and on-screen messages. Screen Saver Function This is to prevent burn-in on the screen.

  • Page 33

    Update Now When other Panasonic products respond to this remote control Change the remote control code on the main unit and the remote control (the two must match) if you place other Panasonic products close together. 1 Press [SETUP]. 2 Press [3, 4] to select “Others” and press [OK].

  • Page 34

    Changing the unit’s settings Changing the speaker setting to suit your speakers When connecting to an amplifier/receiver to enjoy multi-channel surround sound, use the following settings on this unit if they cannot be set on the amplifier/receiver. The settings are effective when connecting to analog 7.1 ch/5.1ch AUDIO OUT terminal. Preparation 1 Set “Analog Audio Output”...

  • Page 35: Reference

    About MP3/JPEG/DivX files Reference File format Playable CD-R* , CD-RW* media Extension Files must have the extension “.mp3” or “.MP3”. Compression 32 kbps to 320 kbps rate Sampling 44.1 kHz/48 kHz rate Reference ID3 tags: version 1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 ID3 is a tag embedded in MP3 track to provide information about the track.

  • Page 36: Messages

    Messages The following messages or service numbers appear on the television or unit’s display when something unusual is detected during startup and use. On the television Authorization Error This unit is not authorized to play this title. Cannot play. Cannot display on this unit. No disc is inserted.

  • Page 37

    On the unit’s display ≥ The unit fails to operate properly. Press [POWER Í/I] on the main unit to switch the unit to standby for 3 seconds. Now press [POWER Í/I] on the main unit again to turn the unit on. ≥...

  • Page 38: Troubleshooting Guide

    Troubleshooting guide Before requesting service, make the following checks. If you are in doubt about some of the check points, or if the solutions indicated in the chart do not solve the problem, refer to “Customer Services Directory” on page 42 if you reside in the U.S.A., or refer to “Product information” on page 44 if you reside in Canada.

  • Page 39

    TV screen and video ≥ Make sure that the television is connected to either the VIDEO OUT terminal, The images from this unit do not appear on the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT terminals or HDMI AV OUT terminal on this unit. ≥...

  • Page 40

    Troubleshooting guide Card The capacity of the SD card decreased. MPEG-2 motion pictures and music on an SD card cannot be played. The contents of the card cannot be read. Network I can’t connect to the network. Other difficulties with playback Audio and video momentarily pause.

  • Page 41: Specifications

    Specifications Signal system: Operating temperature range: i5 oC to i35 oC (i41 oF to i95 oF) Operating humidity range: 10 % to 80 % RH (no condensation) Playable disc: BD-Video BD-ROM: Version 2 BD-RE: Version 3 (Single Layer, Dual Layer), JPEG* BD-R Version 2 (Single Layer, Dual Layer) DVD-RAM: DVD Video Recording format, AVCHD format*...

  • Page 42: Limited Warranty (only For U.s.a. )

    Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7 pm, EST. For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY: 1-877-833-8855 Accessory Purchases Purchase Parts, Accessories and Instruction Books online for all Panasonic Products by visiting our Web Site at: or, send your request by E-mail to:

  • Page 43: Limited Warranty (only For Canada)

    Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR CANADA) PANASONIC PRODUCT—LIMITED WARRANTY Panasonic Canada Inc. warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees to remedy any such defect for a period as stated below from the date of original purchase.

  • Page 44: Product Service

    For product information or assistance with product operation: In the U.S.A., refer to “Customer Services Directory” on page 42. In Canada, contact the Panasonic Canada Inc. Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-5505, or visit the website (, or an authorized Servicentre closest to you.

  • Page 45: Referencia Rápida En Español (spanish Quick Reference)

    Referencia rápida en español (Spanish Quick Reference) Conexiones básicas AConexión a un televisor compatible con HDMI HDMI IN HDMI AV OUT Cable HDMI Parte posterior de la unidad C Conexión a un televisor compatible con HDMI y a un amplificador/receptor compatible con HDMI HDMI IN HDMI AV OUT Altavoces multicanal...

  • Page 46: Glossary

    Glossary AVCHD AVCHD is a new format (standard) for high definition video cameras that can be used to record and play high-resolution HD images. BD-J Some BD-Video discs contain Java applications, and these applications are called BD-J. You can enjoy various interactive features in addition to playing normal video.

  • Page 47

    P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD) This is a processor which makes use of an exclusive Panasonic algorithm. Various processing is supported, including a high-level conversion of the TV scanning format from interlace to progressive and a high-level conversion of standard resolution (480i or 576i) video signal to a 1080 High Definition video signal.

  • Page 48: Index

    Firmware ..... . . 14 [For\U.S.A.] Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

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