Dissected: Panasonic DMP-BD30K

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on July 2, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War

This is the first post in a new series we call “Dissected”. This series will show you the internals of stand alone Blu-ray players.

 We will also be covering the hardware that is inside the players, which should give us an idea if there is any re-badging going on (Like with Onkyo’s HD DVD player that was the same as the Toshiba HD-XA2).

The DMP-BD30K uses the “UniPhier” core processor (same as the new DMP-BD50)

HDMI Version: 1.3

BD Profile: 1.1 Bonus View

24p Video Output

AVCHD Support

Dolby TrueHD Bitstream Output

DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Bitstream Output

DTS-HD Master Audio Bitstream Output

Buy it from Amazon for $449.99

Photos by: Jon Spackman

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  1. Dissected: SONY BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player
  2. Panasonic Announce Final Standard Profile Player
  3. New Panasonic Blu-ray Player Models for the Holiday Season?
  4. Memorex Blu-ray Player Gets Reviewed
  5. Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Player Lands At Costco


14 Responses to “Dissected: Panasonic DMP-BD30K”

  1. Justin Sluss on July 2nd, 2008 3:13 pm


  2. Andy Pennell on July 2nd, 2008 4:47 pm

    More info please, such as:
    How much RAM?
    What is a UniPhier processor?
    CPU clock speed?
    Does it have hardware Java acceleration?
    How much flash memory?
    How much ROM?
    Memory sockets?
    Ethernet jack?
    Looks like most of the board space is analog stuff, with the green board being digital. Is that right? If so why? All the listed outputs are digital. (Obviously one board is the power supply, but even that looks strangely large).

  3. Dave Cowl on July 2nd, 2008 5:09 pm

    Most of the ‘good stuff’ is on the underside of the green board.

    Really there is not much to a BD player other than a drive, power supply and the main digital board. The rest is air for the most part.

  4. Mehar Gill on July 2nd, 2008 5:14 pm

    Id just like to add that it also does 1080p 60p as well

  5. Belard on July 3rd, 2008 12:01 am

    LOL…. if I still had my 1988 $1000 Mitsubishi HiFi VCR (one of the first of my friends) you’d all be shocked about the amount of system boards it had. The entire Cassette cage was huge and complex. Its main board covered most of the top of the unit, but its Power board and others were also on the bottom.

    I barely see why this thing needs a cooling fan. Other than to be COOL

  6. Mehar Gill on July 3rd, 2008 8:27 am


    Some Blu Ray/HD DVD players are also freakishly huge, mainly the first generation ones but sometimes companies like to slip them in down the line.

  7. The Guardian on July 3rd, 2008 9:57 am

    I assume the main chip is on the bottom of the green board. Any particular reason for doing it upside down like that? The only one I could think of is if they are using the bottom plate of the player as a giant heatsink?

  8. Dave Cowl on July 3rd, 2008 10:54 am

    Perhaps they did it to keep it away from unwanted eyes! :D

    My BD10, the first gen Panasonic player, looks remarkably like this.

    The A1 on the other hand is packed, since it is pretty much a low end lap top shipped in a DVD player case.

    It is interesting to compare these two since they both had essentially the same design (a player built around a standard drive) but the execution was significantly different…

  9. Mehar Gill on July 3rd, 2008 11:30 am
  10. Justin Sluss on July 3rd, 2008 1:44 pm

    Originally Posted By Dave CowlMost of the ‘good stuff’ is on the underside of the green board.

    Really there is not much to a BD player other than a drive, power supply and the main digital board. The rest is air for the most part.

    ROFL, air

  11. Dave Cowl on July 3rd, 2008 3:47 pm

    They have to include the air to make the form factor look right :D

  12. Kevin Murphy on July 4th, 2008 12:46 pm

    So, why does the Euro version support DivX and not the US version? Is there a hardware difference?

  13. Mehar Gill on July 4th, 2008 5:31 pm

    @Kevin Murphy

    I doubt its hardware, most likely software is the issue, probably licensing rights.

  14. Mike Smith on July 26th, 2008 9:07 am

    CostCo just slashed the price on the BD30. Could this be because they Panasonic is getting readly to discontinue the BD30 and bring out a newer one to sell alongside the BD50?

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