The Editors' Choice winning Blu-ray player from Panasonic Video
The Editors' Choice winning Blu-ray player from Panasonic Video Transcript
Hey. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET and we're gonna take a look at the Panasonic DMPBBT220. This is a 3D Blu-ray play that's selling for $130 and not only is it the best value in Panasonic's Blu-ray line up, I think it's the best Blu-ray player value on the market. Design actually looks pretty sleek compared to some of the other players on the market and that's because everything is hidden behind a flip down panel which floats up and down automatically when you eject the disc. Under the panel, there are a few playback buttons, a USB port and an SD card slot which is a nice bonus and that a lot of other players don't have. Around back, you'll find just a few simple ports including an HDMI output, optical audio output and Ethernet plus the player has built in Wi-Fi. There's also a USB light port on the back but it's only for use with Panasonic's Skype camera accesory. The main user interface is a little different than other Blu-ray players with a kind of replicating the remote's directional pad on the screen. If you go into Vera Connect, you'll find all the streaming media apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora and Voodoo. The app selection is really solid all around and the simple layout of the home screen makes it easier to use. If you wanna access apps that aren't on the home screen, you'll need to go to another layer of the menu which is a little more confusing but luckily you can customize the icons on the home screen. So you'll rarely need to go into another layer of the menu. The included remote also includes direct access buttons for Netflix and Vera Connect which is a really a nice convenience. Image quality was excellent on Blu-ray movies, DVD's and Netflix but that's to be expected because all Blu-ray players pretty much have the same image quality these days. In terms of disc loading space the Panasonic is a little faster than average. Thanks to its super fast quick start mode that goes from the player being off to playing a movie in under 10 seconds. Altogether, if I had to recommend just one Blu-ray player this year, this would be the one and its essential features like built in Wi-Fi without charging you for extra features that you don't need and it's the only player on the market that has the most essential apps combined with a straightforward user interface. It's the best value for Blu-ray I've seen and that's why it earns the editor's choice award in the Blu-ray category. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT210's built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it our favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.
The Sony BDP-S590 is a great-looking Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and tons of streaming-media apps, but it's slow to load discs and has some user interface quirks.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a mostly solid Blu-ray player, except it serves up obnoxious ads via its onscreen interface.
Despite disc-loading speeds that are just average, the LG BD670's built-in Wi-Fi and excellent streaming media suite make it one of the best Blu-ray player values.
The Sony BDP-S580 has built-in Wi-Fi and more streaming services than all competing Blu-ray players, but its user interface is mediocre.
The Panasonic DMP-B500 is a second-generation portable Blu-ray player with HDMI out and built-in networking.
The Panasonic DMP-BD35 represents the best value in standalone Blu-ray players, with excellent image quality, a comprehensive feature set, and a price that's significantly lower than the PS3.
Panasonic's SC-BT200 is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and solid sonics for the price, but it doesn't have the Netflix streaming found on some of its similarly priced competitors.
Panasonic's SC-BT300 is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and its tall-boy speakers help deliver very good sound quality, but it doesn't have the Netflix streaming found on some of its similarly priced competitors.
The Sony BDV-E770W is one of the best Blu-ray home theater systems we've tested, with excellent sound quality, tons of streaming-media options, 3D compatibility, and wireless rear speakers. The lack of HDMI inputs is the only big omission.
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Review
The good: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 has built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and the Viera Connect suite of streaming-media services, which includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, and Vudu. The user interface for the streaming-media apps is straightforward, plus you can jump right to Netflix with the dedicated Netflix button on the remote. There are a few other minor perks, including Skype compatibility, a front-panel SD card slot, and a superfast quick-start mode.
The bad: Viera Connect doesn't support any subscription music services (like MOG, Rdio, or Spotify) nor does it have Flixster for UltraViolet support. The DMP-BDT220 also doesn't play back DivX or Xvid files.
The bottom line: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is the best Blu-ray value of 2012, with built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming-media apps, 3D compatibility, and a simple user interface.
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Specs
Part number: DMP-BDT220
- Product Specifications