Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray player

It is going to be interesting to find out where the Bluray player marketplace goes in another couple of years. We reached a stage of diminishing returns to the more recent lines of players. But that might have already been said about last year's versions. Costs continue to fall, combined with the size of the players, yet there does not appear to be anyplace to go if you need something really distinct from a player going. Perhaps this can be where the rumored 4K Bluray reinvigorate the marketplace and will make its entry. However, the caliber of player now you can get for over a hundred dollars is not unimpressive, and Panasonic's latest is about all it is possible to ask for in the event you would like benchmark-quality Bluray playback and cutting edge flowing characteristics.

With this review, Panasonic sent me the DMP-BDT220 Bluray 3D player. The two actually are not that distinct. You still get built in Wifi connectivity, Skype video phoning (with optional camera), as well as a number of flowing characteristics. Pretty much every flowing service you could care about is contained in Panasonic's Viera Cast lineup: Vudu Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, and YouTube.

Panasonic has dumped the gesture-based opening detector from the player of last year, yet there is a brand new SmartPhone program which you can use as a remote control this year. It works on Android and iPhone apparatus, and also you may download it free from your app store that is correct. The included remote sufficed just good, but the program added some additional features, including content info, also it lights right up in the dark (see remarks below). Other Panasonic products that support the program will be also controlled by it.

The player is almost weightless and quite slender. It is astonishing how much manufacturing companies continue to cut Bluray player layouts every year. The front panel is made up of plastic door that covers small control buttons and the cd tray.

The rear panel does not have lots of choices for connectivity, but it's it. The DMP-BDT220 attributes just one HDMI output signal (1.4a), and it is 3D compliant. There is additionally a composite video output signal but no component video or S video choices. For sound, there is a two-channel an optical TosLink output signal and analog choice. An Ethernet interface can also be accessible in case you do not need to use the builtin Wifi.

Little Package, Big Characteristics

You could examine the fairly modest package the Panasonic comes in and believe you are getting an entry level, barebones package, but you'd be mistaken. While the cost and package are not large, the attribute set is quite significant. This player features Panasonic 's latest video processing features all at the top of total Bluray 3D support. I have tested lots of the players of the firm before, and its inhouse-developed video processing is obviously nothing to scoff at.

The DMP-BDT220 attributes Panasonic's latest P4HD colour processing and has a few of the most effective chroma resolution I Have seen from a person. You are given complete access by the Choice menu to an inventory of custom video modes you need to use to fine tune the picture. A few give somewhat more refinement to the picture, although nearly all are right where they should be in their default state. The Advanced Colour processing makes the most out and provides a boost to the chroma resolution without the artifacts that are objectionable, but the detail enhancers did not do much with the video.

If 3D is the thing, the DMP-BDT220 offers complete Bluray 3D playback along with complete 2D-to-3D conversion with any source. I tried this out using various stuff but did not find it powerful. I have yet to visit a conversion option that compares to native 3D content. But I am also not a huge proponent of 3D, so that it might have required a great deal to impress me.

Another fine feature on the video processing side is the capacity to scale some of the sources that are flowing. The video processing processor of the Panasonic is among the very best out there, and it did an excellent job from Netflix and Amazon. In the event you'd like you can also alter the frame rate. This helped some stuff out, and that I seldom saw any dropped tearing or frames in the picture.

Out of interest, I even attempted a few of my more complex deinterlacing evaluations that I usually allow for scalers, as well as the DMP-BDT220 passed almost all of them without difficulty. It was not quite as fast to lock onto some of the video cadences that are challenging I threw at it, but I doubt you will locate any content that the player will not play back extremely good.

Picture Perfect

My encounter with the model of this particular year was mostly the exact same as last year's. The onscreen display is extremely clean and simple to browse, and just how many choices the player I would like to control while I saw a film impressed me. The network flowing characteristics appeared to be a little more receptive than the version of last year. The DMP-BDT220 is a fairly zippy player, though it is not the quickest I Have used. There is a fast-start feature that functions well, but load times on some names were not faster than Oppo BDP-95 and my PS3. This is a problem primarily with a number of the newer Fox names that seem to give most players problems.

It may be difficult to browse in the dark, although it's an adequate layout.

The DMP-BDT220 lacks a few of the more complex options that come with my reference Oppo BDP-95 Blu-ray player, but also for normal Blu ray playback, it is every bit as great.

3D playback was a joy. I never had any problems with playback, as well as the DMP-BDT220 supplied a few custom hints for 3D content. Nearly all of them did not appear to improve the encounter, but you can fine tune the picture to your liking. 2D stuff can be converted by the player to 3D as I mentioned before, but most of what I saw seemed a little flat in contrast to accurate 3D stuff, with merely a small quantity of depth added to the picture.

Streaming services like Vudu and Netflix were not worse than I anticipated for the things they may be. Vudu was undoubtedly the standout. Unsurprisingly, Netflix was not as great, with miscellaneous detail/resolution functionality and noticeable compression artifacts, but it was better than the functionality I get when I stream it. As I do not have an account, I did not take a look, but I did check out Amazon's service. This gave me instant use of lots of content in both high and standard definition. Finally, it was clear the playback quality was actually in the mercy of the compression quality of the streaming content. But from practically anything, I really could get a sound image with a few small tweaks in the player's image settings.


What is to not love here? The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 player provides 2D and 3D Blu ray pictures that match even the colossi. If all you need is an excellent Blu-ray player for Bluray and DVD playback of streaming services, as well as a number, you only can not go wrong here. Like the version of last year, this one goes right to the very best of my budget player recommendations and provides the Bluray encounter in spades.

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