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In our recent review of the Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player, we found a competent 3D Blu-ray player that crammed a lot of features into a relatively small package. Despite all this functionality, the player itself had a rather spartan appearance and its plastic construction resulted in a slightly noisy operation. The BDT is differentiated from the BDT in two other areas, the BDT includes 'digital tube sound' for improved audio quality, as well as a new touch pad remote control.

So let's see how the BDT compares to its cheaper sibling Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player if the differences justify the higher price. This particular BDT was provided for review by TPS and a few modifications have been made, which we will discuss in the main section of this review.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

The player has a well built and solid feel, with the additional weight giving the BDT a slightly more expensive appearance. The dimensions of the chassis remain slim, measuring x 27 x mm and whilst the width of mm is typical of an AV product, a depth of mm is about half the average, so you might struggle to position the BDT between two other products on your equipment shelf. Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player, the added mass results in a far quieter performance than when compared to the BDT The disc slot is positioned in the middle, with the display on the left hand side and a pull down flap on the right hand side. The connections are all located at the right rear of the player and are fairly basic, consisting of a single HDMI output, along with a LAN socket, a composite video out using an RCA connector and stereo analogue out, also Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player RCA connectors.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320 - Blu-ray disc player

Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player What you don't get is component video outputs thanks to a jittery film industry who are locking the stable door long after the horse has bolted and no 7. Finally, at the left rear of the player, is the two pin connector for the mains power lead. Clearly Panasonic has recently been attending the "if it ain't broke, break it" school of thought because this new remote is a disaster. Everything else is done through the touch pad, which might make scrolling through some of the internet features easier but makes even the most simple disc navigation task a nightmare. When playing a disc for example you need to press the Keys button and then select the desired control on the onscreen virtual keypad using the touch pad.

To press enter you need to tap the touch pad which doesn't always work and entering text is incredibly time consuming and the only way of getting rid of the onscreen virtual keypad is to hit return on the remote.


After only a few minutes of attempted use we had thrown this lemon away in frustration and resorted to using a standard Panasonic Blu-ray remote that we happened to have lying Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player. It comes as no surprise that TPS offers owners of the BDT the chance to buy a normal remote for a small additional fee. Aside from touch pad remote's ergonomic issues, we fail to understand why Panasonic bothered with the new remote when you can use your smartphone or tablet as a control anyway.

The is an option to customise the HOME page for up to four users, including selecting the wallpaper, an icon and a user name, as well as registering your smartphone as a remote control. Once in the HOME page you can either move up to enter the networked features, down to watch video, left to look at pictures and right to listen to music; if you press the enter button you access the Setup menus. The video, photos and music can be accessed from whichever storage media they're Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player on, whilst the network option allows the user to access Panasonic's VIERA Connect internet portal or their media server.

In Setup, there are the Player Settings submenus, the first of which contains all the Picture options, including Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player Picture Mode and the Picture Adjustment controls, although these can only be accessed in the User picture mode. We used the User mode with the Picture Adjustment settings left untouched, which appeared to be delivering a unmolested image, which is all we really want from a player. These are the same controls you'll find in your display, which is where you should be making any adjustments, so leave the controls on the BDT alone. Other controls within the Picture submenu include Chroma Process, which delivers chroma upsampling to a compatible TV and whilst we couldn't see a huge difference there appeared to be slightly less colour banding in some scenes so we left it on.

The Detail Clarity and Super Resolution controls are both essentially sharpness features which we left off because once again we want the player to output the p signal from a Blu-ray without any unwanted processing. The next submenu relates to Sound and includes options for setting the Sound Effects, Dialogue and Dynamic Range Compression, all of which are best left off. Then there is Downmix for multi-channel to 2-channel stereo, Audio Delay and 7.

Finally there is High Clarity Sound feature, which is supposed to improve sound quality by turning off the video signal for HDMI output. There is also a control for manual settings such as Distance, Screen Type, Frame Width and Frame Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player, which shouldn't be used if the 3D content has been encoded correctly. There is also a 2D to 3D conversion feature but this remains what it will always be, a total gimmick not worthy of serious consideration. Finally, there is a control called Graphic Display Level which adjusts the position of the Option menu etc. The Network submenu includes an option for Easy Network Settings, which helps you set up the built-in WiFi but there is also a more detailed option called Network Settings.

Setting up the wireless Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player is very easy and the BDT includes WiFi Direct WiDi which means it can connect with similar devices without the need to go through a router. After Network, there is another submenu called Ratings which given the limited number of options could probably have been included with the Network submenu. Features The BDT comes with WiFi built-in, so you can connect directly to your wireless network but if you don't have one then you can connect to your router or network using a LAN cable.

Panasonic DMP-BDT Blu-ray Disc Player DMP-BDT B&H Photo

The platform that Panasonic use on their BD players is essentially the same as last year's TV platform. Whilst Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player is an improvement on last year's BD players it does mean that some features found on this year's TVs, like the Web Browser, are missing.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player there are still a decent number of applications including the ubiquitous BBC iPlayer, Skype although you'll need the previously mentioned camera attachment to use itas well as Twitter and Facebook. Another addition is the slimmed down VIERA Connect Market, where you can download additional apps and games, although there is no payment feature.

Besides having a wide choice of apps, the other important elements of an internet platform are Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player it is easy to access and responsive. In this sense VIERA Connect was a success because it was simple to launch, you just press the Internet button on the remote, and whilst it was reasonably responsive, it isn't as fast as Panasonic's latest TVs. Our only complaint about Panasonic's internet platform is that in order to move from one page to the next, you have to select MORE or BACK, rather than just going directly to the next page but this is a minor quibble. We downloaded the BD Remote app and found it was easy to connect and simple to use, providing an effective way of controlling and communicating with the BDT Certainly if your current TV doesn't have any smart features, the BDT is an effective way of adding these features without Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player added expense of a new TV.

As we mentioned Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player, the BDT provided for review by TPS had been modified and as a result it was capable of multi-region playback. The default setting is Region B for Blu-ray and Region 2 for DVD but it Panasonic DMP-BDT320PU Blu-ray Player easy to change it by entering a specific code on the remote. Obtain product support for Panasonic DMP-BDT - Slim Stylish Design - Smart Eco Sensor - Slot-in Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Discâ„¢ Player DMP-BDT The Panasonic DMP-BDT sees the manufacturer gunning for Blu-ray glory with a 3D-ready, network enabled player with Viera Connect, but.

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