As far as audio is concerned, some titles provide a choice between Dolby Digital and uncompressed PCM, which I selected when it was available. Other titles do not offer any alternatives, so you have to settle for whatever is on the disc. In all cases, I thought the sound was superb, though the uncompressed soundtrack generally sounded cleaner and more open than Dolby Digital. Dialog was crystal clear and surround effects—ricocheting bullets and fleets of planes flying overhead—were surprisingly realistic. Music scores were also rendered beautifully, and explosions rocked the studio with thunderous results.
The only drawback I experienced was the player’s relatively sluggish response. It took quite a while to skip chapters and access the menu, which can be a bit frustrating.
The DMP-BD10 is a superb performer for picture and sound quality; I could find little to fault except for slightly ruddy skin tones. I love that it plays so many types of discs, but I wish its response time was a little faster and that it was able to deliver 1080p/24 video. Still, it’s a worthy entry in the Blu-ray sweepstakes, helping to move the format forward in a big way.