Nice, low profile BD player with good mix of network apps
A very nice, though not yet perfect, player. Priced (currently, as I write this review) a little towards the upper end of the scale that I would expect to have to pay for a nice Blu-ray player, but aimed at the higher end of the scale, including the ability to play back 3D content as well as offering 4K upscaling.
Superb Blu-ray images, SD card slot, Netflix shortcut button
We're not convinced that there are better options if you want to introduce smart stuff to your living room, but this Panasonic Blu-ray player is nevertheless a great all-digital option. It's the easiest to use of any Blu-ray deck we've tested, and though it lacks some apps in among a rather old-fashioned GUI, it's also the fastest working.
We've got no complaints about Blu-ray playback, either in 2D or 3D, while DVDs and online video are skilfully upscaled.
Blu-ray and DVD picture performance as good as it gets
When it comes down to it, all of that extra stuff is nice, but the main job of a Blu-ray player is to deliver high-quality video from DVDs and Blu-ray discs. There are very few players that can do as good a job on Australian discs as the Panasonic DMP-BDT330.
Excellent picture, Rich colours, Authoritative sound
The Panasonic DMP-BDT330's smart content isn't anything extraordinary, but the key thing is its Blu-ray performance, and here we are very impressed.
In that regard, it's on a pretty even footing with the Award-winning Sony: its picture performance particularly is nothing short of stunning.
Stylish and solid construction
The start-up and load times are reasonable, although not spectacular, and make sure you turn off the start-up banner feature, unless you want to watch forced adverts when you boot your player up. The energy consumption is also good whilst not being overly impressive and overall the BDT-330 was average in both these areas. As we would expect from a Blu-ray player that is basically a digital transport, the audio and video (both 2D and 3D) performance over HDMI was flawless.
Commendable AV quality, neat form factor
Overall, the DMP-BDT330 is a likeable disc player. Its design and form factor make it easy to squirrel away in a second room or on an AV shelf. Of the new features this year, Miracast is very handy, 4K upscaling probably less so. And Panasonic's reversion to a traditional handset should be applauded.
Stylish design, 3D compatibility, Built-in Wi-Fi
The Panasonic DMP-BDT330 is a stylishly designed Blu-ray player that gets to work quickly and ensures picture quality that's perfectly on par with its competitors. However, the lack of 7.1 analogue audio out could be a problem for some, and it's a shame that the Smart TV interface is a little slow and out-dated.
Miracast feature allows for you to stream videos and music from your Android device to your TV
This Panasonic Blu-ray player will not disappoint you with a look as clean and sharp as the picture it boasts.
Excellent 2D & 3D images, Great value price
Viewers after the latest and greatest collection of apps should look beyond the DMP-BDT230 and head for a Samsung deck. However, if you're after the very finest picture quality not only from 2D and 3D Blu-ray, but from upscaled DVDs, too, the low-priced DMP-BDT230 is dead centre of the sweet-spot.
Loads discs very quickly
The DMP-BDT230 powers up and loads discs very quickly, and I didn't encounter any freezes or stutters during disc playback. The player passed all of the 480i/1080i processing tests on the HQV Benchmark DVD and HD HQV Benchmark Blu-ray disc (Silicon Optix). For the most part, it cleanly rendered my real-world DVD scenes from Gladiator (DreamWorks) and The Bourne Identity (Universal), producing only an instant of moir in both scenes before it locked onto the 3:2 cadence.
Top 2D & 3D picture quality, Smart TV
The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 costs a little more than the average Blu-Ray player, but it delivers a lot more. Whilst most Blu-Ray players do pretty much the same job, the BDT230 delivers a little extra. Not only does it include 3D playback, Smart TV and built-in Wi-Fi, but it over-delivers on picture quality and audio quality. You won't find better than this unless you're prepared to increase your budget considerably.
Solid, powerful sound, Rich, natural colours
The Panasonic might not be the smartest player around, but it is one of the best-performing: great picture and accomplished sound.
Effective, faithful playback
The DMP-BDT230 is another fine player to emerge from Panasonicâ??s stables. It plays everything flawlessly, includes a very good set of well-maintained apps and it certainly wonâ??t break the bank. Recommended.
Finally! Video streaming speeds that match my tablet and laptop
I wasn't sure if this "super wifi" claim was a gimmick or not, but since I was in the market for a new player precisely because of bad wifi connectivity, I thought I'd give it a try. I have to say, I'm very impressed with both the wifi and many other features about the player. I'm getting 12-20 Mbps while watching videos and my tablet/phone - for a change - are also reporting similar speeds. (My wired PC gets around 30 if you are wondering how fast my modem connectivity is.)
Good feature list for the money
Weighing up its features, performance and price, we can only conclude that the BDP-S3100 represents superb value for money. It boasts a generous array of features, including built-in Wi-Fi, web content and DLNA streaming, all for a little over £100 - plus it's attractively styled, surprisingly well built and delivers dazzling 2D pictures.
Premium, stylish design and includes built-in Wi-Fi
The BDP-S3100 is a nice-looking Blu-Ray player, but beyond its distinctive design, there's no compelling reason to choose this over rivals from other manufacturers. The Triluminos compatibility could be relevant if you plan to buy a Sony TV in the future that supports Triluminos, but at present these are far too expensive for the average consumer to consider.
It's a step up from the entry-level BDP-S1100, adding Wi-Fi, DLNA and support for Sony's TV Side View smartphone app.
Great user interface makes it easy to use
The LG BP420 has a very friendly user interface and offers up strong picture quality for both 2D and 3D movies, while also including an impressive range of Smart TV apps and good digital media support. It lacks the extra lick of speed that would have made the smart apps and streaming more satisfying to use, but overall it's a good deck for the money.
Support for Smart TV and 3D playback
The BP420 is currently LG's most popular Blu-Ray player and with good reason. Despite being priced at around £100, it includes support for Smart TV and 3D playback. It lacks Wi-Fi support though, so if this feature is important, you should consider the BP520.
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.
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.
Superb picture quality
If you're looking for a quirky, stylish Blu-ray player that takes up a lot less room than the usual black boxes, then the DMP-BBT01 is a top choice. Its design will certainly turn heads, particularly with four installation options to show it off. The best part is that you don't have to compromise on features to get a player this small and chic it's packed with all the stuff that makes its range-topping full-size players so impressive, including built-in Wi-Fi, Viera Connect, DLNA support,...
At face value the Pioneer DBP-150 is a decent Blu-ray deck, offering wonderful hi-def pictures and some tasty features like 3D, Netflix, YouTube, DLNA and SACD playback. But up against decks in the same price bracket, things don't look quite so rosy the Sony BDP-S490, LG BP620 and Samsung BD-E6100, for example, offer built-in Wi-Fi and web portals bursting with content (including BBC iPlayer).
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