Excellent feature list
It's great to see Panasonic back challenging the likes of Denon, Marantz, and Onkyo with a high-end, audiophile-focused Blu-ray player, and thanks to its superlative picture and sound quality, coupled with a killer feature list, it's better value than the brands above can offer although true audiophiles might be put off by the lack of DVD-Audio and SACD playback. Overall though, the DMP-BDT500 is an accomplished Blu-ray player, truly worthy of its flagship status.
Picture is terrific in both 3D and 2D
The DMP-BDT500 is a niche Blu-ray player in some senses. If you don't own home cinema kit and simply want to connect to a TV set, its extensive audio adjustment options aren't necessary: save your money and buy a cheaper Panasonic. The same's true if you're not into music, or prefer to use a separate component for music replay. But if you want one deck to do the lot, it's a must-try.
Excellent build quality
The Panasonic DMP-BDT500 marks a fine return to high-end Blu-ray for the Japanese brand. Its flagship disc spinner boasts a wide range of features, including Viera Connect, 3D support and DLNA streaming, not to mention its sophisticated audio components, robust build quality and generous connections.
Great with 3D and upscaling
Overall, is the Panasonic DMP-BDT500 worth the extra cash over the cheaper models in the range?
Definitely. Improving on an already brilliant line-up, it's a captivating player that will make you dig out all your discs and watch them anew.
Impressive video playback
The DMP-BDT500 certainly looks like a flagship player with an attractive, if rather traditional, design. The metal chassis, gloss black finish and brushed metal strip along the bottom of the facia give the player a suitably high-end look. The larger dimensions, solid feet and increased weight, also help provide a sense of high quality player and the BDT500 is very quiet in operation.
Excellent analogue audio performance
Overall, I rate Panasonic's DMP-BDT500 as a superior Blu-ray proposition, albeit one with some caveats. Its audio-visual performance is exemplary, both in the analogue domain and over HDMI. While the lack of support for Super Audio CD, and to a lesser extent DVD-Audio, will take some shine off it for those with legacy disc collections, mainstream users are unlikely to be disappointed.
A shame then that the DMP-BDT500 lets itself down with something quite so basic as the IR controller.
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.
Not worth the money on a good day
I bought the previous version of this (the 671) 13 months ago - it never worked well, and then died 1 month out of warranty. Both video and audio quality were mediocre for a $300 player, and reliability was obviously poor. Yamaha used to make superior audio components that were worth the extra money they charged. Not any more - buy something cheaper or buy from a company that still makes high end equipment.
Interface and picture quality are good
The Yamaha BD-S671 is expensive, more so than the top-specced Sony BDP-S580. It's likely to appeal most to those who already have Yamaha hi-fi equipment or who like the brand. Its interface and picture quality are good and the iPhone app control is a nifty extra. Anyone looking for Internet-enabled video on demand should look elsewhere, though.
Every conceivable audio and video codec supported
Yamaha's BD-S671 is an extremely well built and well designed Blu-ray player. We can't fault its operation, picture quality or industrial design. However, it doesn't have the same extensive feature-set as Blu-ray players available from mainstream brands like Sony, Samsung or LG.
Supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP
The BD-HP75U's $250 price point lands it in a crowded field of 3D-capable players. While this model offers a generally solid features package, there are similarly priced models that go a bit farther--offering things like integrated WiFi, dual HDMI outputs, 2D-to-3D conversion, internal memory for BD-Live, and Skype capability. The BD-HP75U does offer RS-232 for easier integration into an advanced control system, which is less common at this price.
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.
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.
Would be nice if it down-converted to SD
This device does as promised.
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