Intuitive, attractive operating system
With its more "sensible" design and fewer features, the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 unsurprisingly doesn't scale the same heights as the BDT320. But thankfully the important stuff is all present and correct, such as built-in Wi-Fi, Viera Connect, network streaming from DLNA and non-DLNA devices, Skype and 3D Blu-ray compatibility, which means you don't have to compromise on the good stuff if the BDT320 is just out of your financial reach.
2D to 3D Conversion for VIERA Connect
The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is a significant upgrade over the previous model but it might not be a worthy upgrade if you just need a simple Blu-ray player for enjoying 3D content. But if you havenâ??t purchased a 3D Blu-ray player yet, this new system offers more connectivity and good smartphone integration features as mentioned in this Panasonic DMP-BDT220 review. Thanks to the Skype integration, the Blu-ray player has even more attractive functions that can beat the standard PC in some cases.
Picture quality is simply brilliant at the price
The DMP-BDT220's picture quality is simply brilliant at the price, and so long as you use its control app it's every bit as slick to live with as any of Panasonic's pricier players. True, its more expensive DMP-BDT320 and DMP-BDT500 siblings sound better, but if all you plan to use with your new player is your TV or perhaps a soundbar, that won't matter a jot. Consider this a bargain, then.
When we review products, we try to be as objective as possible. In other words, we like to call out the good and the bad. However, I found myself really stretching to come up with "Turns Offs" for the DMP-BDT220. Is it the greatest Blu-ray 3D player ever made? Um, no. However, it certainly is an excellent player for the price. If you've been waiting to add a player with streaming services or 3D capabilities, this is the one for you.
Speedy load times
The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is a top-notch Blu-ray player, with excellent performance and an intuitive, if odd, interface buoyed by a large number of apps and features. Uncertain Wi-Fi and Netflix support could be a deal breaker for many would-be buyers, however, especially since other top-rated Blu-ray players like the LG BP620 (*Est. $120) and the Sony BDP-S590 (*Est. $120) cost roughly the same price, deliver performance that's just as good and have features that work better.
Excellent HD image quality
With its slick user interface, improved multimedia file support and internet streaming functionality, Panasonic has managed to make the modest DMP-BDT220 worthy of serious investigation. Image quality from Blu-ray discs is outstanding, both in 2D and 3D, and it's a fast loader, delivering even complicated Java heavy discs to screen in no time at all.
For the most part it's extremely easy to use. The user interface is fresh and innovative.
Very good performance
Blu-ray players are all the rage now for home entertainment systems and the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 hopes to get in on the action. It has a great suite of streaming media services, built-in Wi-Fi and an awesome, easy-to-use user interface. With little downsides, this DVD player is definitely one to check out.
Generous feature list
Quite simply, the BDP-S790 is a brilliant Blu-ray player. Its top-drawer feature list (headlined by Sonyâ??s generous range of internet apps and futureproofed 4K upscaling), its slim, living room friendly design and nigh-on flawless pictures make this one of the best Blu-ray players around, if not the cheapest.
Versatile network media player
Based on the test results, the Sony BDP-S790 is a very good performer with regards to video processing and upscaling of standard definition DVD (which can also apply to internet and network streamed video content - minus any artifacts generated as a result of slow internet speeds), as well as deinterlacing 1080i content to 1080p, that can match a native 1080p video display.
Excellent video playback
While pricier than the competition, this is an excellent player that is positively brimming with excellent features. It's unlikely that the 4K upscaling will come into play for some time, but the internet video and music capabilities of the BDP-S790 are excellent. If we had to complain, we would point out that the remote feels rather light and plastic-y at odds with the nice construction of the player itself, but at this point, we're be splitting hairs.
Impressive specs & superb usability
Sony's put the lot into the BDP-790, and it shows. Its picture performance is simply outstanding, as good as that of any player available, and it's an enjoyable listen too. It's also great to use, either with its simple, effective remote handset (take note, Panasonic) or via its excellent control app. Add in the promise of its future-proof upscaling and you've got a simply brilliant buy.
Future-looking 4K upscaling
The BDP-S790 rightfully deserves the title as Sony's flagship 3D Blu-ray player. With features like dual HDMI outputs, a dual core processor, and the future-looking 4K upscaling, the S790's $250 price tag should be compared with niche Blu-ray players often costing at least twice as much.
Outstanding image quality
If you took the engine of a Lamborghini and shoved it into a Lada, you'd end up with a Sony BDP-S790 (not literally, you understand). Reflecting its price, build quality is average with operating noise and vibration endemic. By contrast, the dual core picture processing engine beneath the bonnet is cutting-edge, allowing for an exemplary picture performance from both Blu-ray and upscaled DVD.
Mind-boggling number of web-based features
Sony's BDP-S590 seems a little on the small side, but wow wee -- they certainly packed a lot into this little player. It offers a mind-boggling amount of entertainment. Of course, it's still a Blu-ray player first and foremost, and it does that very well, in 2D and 3D. With an MSRP of $149.99 (and a street price even less), this player offers a lot of bang for the buck. Consider it money well spent.
Great Blu-ray playback
Though the Sony BDP-S590's DVD upscaling isn't quite as impressive as the technology powering the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (*Est. $115) or the Best Reviewed LG BP620 (*Est. $120) -- and it loads disc much slower, to boot -- experts say Sony's Blu-ray player won't leave you wanting. Hundreds of users agree.
If you can get past the quirky shape and some initial setup hassle, the Sony BDP-S590 is a terrific Blu-ray player and a solid value especially coming from Sony, which usually charges a premium for its products. Sure, we wish we could see better external build quality, but something tells us this player packs innards built well enough to stand the test of time.
Full high-definition video and multichannel sound
There was a time when packing in this much technology in one product would seem insane a svelte little box playing high-definition discs, accessing the Internet wirelessly, streaming video and music and even adding 3D to the mix. Pull that 1st, 2nd or even 3rd gen player out of the bedroom and replace it with the Sony BDP-S590 Blu-ray player. Whether you've a 3D TV or not, you'll find plenty of uses for what this Sony can do.
Includes Wi-Fi connectivity out of the box - no additional purchase required
The Sony BDP-S580 is a mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player is DLNA certified, and so can be connected to other DLNA devices. The BDP-S580 has a front USB port that allows you to view photos and play music and video from external devices.
3D Blu-ray Full HD playback
The Sony BDP-S580 delivers a stellar performance when it comes to playing movies, be it 2D or 3D. Its extensive features are complemented by smooth loading and starting time resulting in a pleasant user experience. If you are looking for a seriously future-proofed blu-ray player the BDP-S580 certainly deserves a serious audition.
The Sony BDP-S580 adds only Wi-Fi over the BDP-S480, and comes at a $50 price premium. While it adds convenience we don't think this small inclusion is worthy of its pricetag. Otherwise, it's a competent and powerful Blu-ray player that has the added feature of supporting various BRAVIA Internet Video services.
Would be nice if it down-converted to SD
This device does as promised.
If you create video in a 2011 video camera, it is probably in AVCHD file format which is not mac compatible. By moving your files on to an SD card you insert the SD memory card (containing the high-def AVCHD files) into this burner. Stick in a disk, DVD or blue ray. It does not matter for playback quality because it maintains the file format as high-quality HD video in AVCHD on either disk medium.
Good feature set for this price point, especially the Wi-Fi quality and internal hard disk
The LG BD690 is an upper mid-cost Blu-ray player, a flagship offering. This 3D-enabled player shows Blu-ray content in 1080p, and upscales standard DVDs to near HD. The built-in WiFi capability of the BD690 gives you access to LG's SmartTV platform.
Built-in 250 GB HDD
The LG BD690 has set the bar high with its stellar cast of avant-garde features. It also demonstrates a harmonious bridge between old and new features. Not only did it match the high expectations set by its predecessor; the BD690 has taken it to a whole new level. LG has once again proven its worth as one of the market leaders, as if it needed another reminder.
A simple DVR, that's not tied to service providers
I'm so glad they finally made a DVR like this. In the pre digital days, I had one pretty much like this, and used it constantly, but after everything was converted to ATSC (digital) it was no longer very useful. I looked and looked for a digital version, but all I found were DVRs that were tied to cable or satellite companies, or subscription services like TIVO.
DVDs play right away, no long loading times
The LG BD640 is a mid-cost Blu-ray player. This player is equipped with Dolby TrueHD Digital Plus sound, which offers up to 7.1 channels of high-quality audio. The SimpLink function of the BD640 allows you to connect all your LG devices with HDMI so that you can control them with one remote.
Outstanding and smooth performance
The LG BD630 may not be revolutionary, but is a consummate blu-ray player with simple yet practical features. Furthermore, its outstanding and smooth performance is not undermined by its relatively affordable price. If you are looking for a basic entry level blu-ray player with good performance this is worth a serious audition.
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