Panasonic Blu-ray Firmware Upgrade Adds Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Support

Posted Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 09:01 PM PDT by
Panasonic DMP-BD10

Editors note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that only select Blu-ray players are able to extract the 1.5mbps DTS "core" of DTS-MA tracks. In fact, all Blu-ray players are capable of extracting the 1.5Mbps core dts track from any DTS-HD or DTS-HD MA program. We apologize for the error.

Panasonic has issued firmware upgrade V2.0 for its DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player, adding support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High-Resolution audio formats.

This new download first appeared Tuesday on Panasonic's official support website.

According to the documentation supplied by the manufacturer, it offers the following new enhancements and fixes:

  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio are supported. A new decoder is incorporated to support the latest high quality multi-channel surround sound formats.
  • Functions of EZ Sync(North America) or VIErA Link(Europe/UK, Oceania) are enhanced.
  • You can now seamlessly operate multiple connected components with one remote control.
  • Improved playability and stability

Note that DTS-HD High-Resolution is not the same DTS format as DTS-MA Master Lossless Audio. Full decoding for DTS-MA is not currently supported by any Blu-ray hardware on the market. (All present Blu-ray players on the market, including Sony's PlayStation 3, are able to extract the 1.5mbps DTS "core" of DTS-MA tracks, though future firmware upgrades that can fully decode DTS-MA are promised.)

Full instructions for downloading the Panasonic firmware upgrade can be found at Panasonic's Support Site Download Page.

We'll keep you posted on any further firmware updates from Panasonic as they are announced.

Tags: Panasonic, Hardware, Firmware Upgrades (all tags)