Cheap Blu Ray Player Reviews. Helping You Find the Best Blu Ray Player!

Brand
Features

Archive for the 'Panasonic' Category

Panasonic DMP BD75EB K Blu Ray Player Review

Feb. 5th 2013

Panasonic DMP BD75EB K Blu Ray Player Review

Review: We go hands on with the Panasonic DMP BD75EB K

Introduction

Anything that has the words ‘ultra fast’ in the title had better be quick. This thing had better run like The Flash with diarrhoea or else we’re not interested. So, does it fly over the finish line or merely stop in its tracks? We hung our reviewer upside down from a nearby pylon until he agreed to find out for us…

THE SPECS

Around the office, we just love a perfect 10. No, we’re not being stereotypical males, we mean a Blu Ray player that measures 10 x 10 x 10 cm. The Panasonic DMP-BD75EB-K is compact and storage friendly. Smaller products are also that much more environmentally friendly (in terms of creation and disposal) and we’re proud to say that we care about such things. Although the Panasonic DMP-BD75EB-K weighs 2.3 kg (somewhat heavy by Blu Ray standards) it is still petite enough to look sleek and modern as it fits snugly and economically under your TV.

Now, statistically speaking, some of you reading this are thinking that you can buy a Blu Ray player and that it will not only play these new Blu Ray discs you’ve been hearing so much about, but also upscale your DVD collection to HD quality. Of course, this is entirely true, but what you may not have considered is that this plan won’t work without a decent sound setup and an HD TV with 1080p resolution. Without an up to date TV and speaker set, any quality playback is rendered useless. Please consider this before upgrading to Blu Ray.

The Panasonic DMP-BD75EB-K is Internet ready (connecting to PC via DNLA). This enables you to enjoy streamed content, apps and view digital media. It also has USB connectivity, so that memory sticks, cameras and external hard drives are all well supported.

THE PRICE

At just over £60, the Panasonic DMP-BD75EB-K is a steal. Given that it costs about the same as ‘Old Kent Road’, yet still features Internet connectivity, up to date playback options and a rapid ‘booting up’ time, this one certainly looks like it offers Good value.

THE PERFORMANCE

Well, I don’t know how to say that this player doesn’t quite live up to its boast, without making Panasonic sound like a bunch of liars. The truth is that this is a fast booting Blu Ray, in fact, much faster than almost anything else in its range. However, that doesn’t make it ‘ultra fast’. If you’re going to use the word ‘ultra’ I want the thing to move so fast it becomes a fire risk, and the DMP-BD75EB-K just doesn’t go that fast.

Despite this minor niggle, the player works very well. The playback is good and the DVD upscaling is exceptional.

There are problems, however. Firstly, any media played from a hard drive or memory stick will only play in a 4:3 aspect ratio and seemingly cannot be changed to any better resolution. Secondly, this machine really likes to freeze up on you. Its not a common occurrence, but even every once in a while is a pain, add to that the clunking noise that you occasionally hear during playback and you have some very disappointing observations.

On the plus side, this thing is easier to use than a hammer, and I mean that.

WHAT OTHER USERS SAY

Unsurprisingly, the Panasonic DMP-BD75EB-K is a polarizing product. Reviews range from raving about the price and ease of use to griping about the constant freezing and both sides make very valid points.

Amazon user ‘A.E. Healey’ praised the DMP-BD75EB-K as “an excellent purchase”. ‘D.Walsh’ from Lancashire agreed, praising the fast start up time and great picture quality. A user with the very edgy sounding name ‘Filthy Raider’ (who hails from the decidedly un-edgy location of Dorset) praised the strong laser and called the DMP-BD75EB-K “well worth the money”.

Critical reviews frequently cited the player’s propensity to freeze mid play and then require a complete mains deactivation in order to start up again. Among the users who mentioned this were, ‘Old Technophile’ (creepy name) and ‘Fouldsy’. Elsewhere, ‘Davo’ suggested that it was far too loud and a user called ‘jmg’ said that the player simply was not able to connect to his/her Windows home server, which would be a serious problem indeed.


Our Verdict

This is a good player at heart, but it’s blighted by far too many problems to be worthwhile. One or two are an annoyance, but any more than that and you’re looking at a fully-fledged pain in the A. For the price, we can overlook some of these issues, but not all of them. This is a fast booting, ‘budget’ level Blu Ray player with good connectivity options and solid playback. It is, sadly, nothing more than that.

Features:

8/10

Performance:

8/10

Design:

7/10

Value:

7/10

Was: £64.99
Now: £59.99

Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.co.uk.

Availability: Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days

Posted by Player Bluray | in HD, Internet, Multi Region, Panasonic, Product Reviews, Upscaling | Comments Off

Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB Blu Ray Player Review

Dec. 18th 2012

Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB Blu Ray Player Review

Review: We go hands on with the Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB

Introduction

Released in 2011, this 3D Blu Ray player is the June 2011 Sound & Vision Test winner for ‘What Hi Fi?’ magazine. It looks great, it plays great and it is great…Or so we’re told. But does it pop out at you or is it still a little flat? We pelted our intrepid reviewer with rocks and bits of broken bottles until he agreed to find out for us…

THE SPECS

With a weight of 2.2 kg, this isn’t the lightest Blu Ray player in the world, however, despite being a little on the large side, the Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB 3D still won’t take up too much space. This is a highly regarded, big-selling model, which it would have to be in order to justify a larger retail price than we’re used to.

Blu Ray offers the best quality sound and image available in home entertainment right now and 3D Blu Ray is in even higher demand, but it is worth noting that a 3D Blu Ray player will not make a 2D TV work in 3D. It is also worth noting that without a 1080p HD TV, you won’t even get the best quality out of your Blu Ray in the first place. In addition, you will require a decent stereo system in order to really get the most out of your purchase.

This player comes complete with a built-in WiFi connection, which allows you to use apps, view streamed content and even make Skype calls.

THE PRICE

At £150, this is one of the more expensive Blu Ray players. It remains to be seen whether it will drop further in price over the coming months (the RRP in February of last year was £230, but we’ve seen far bigger reductions on others since then). To be honest, the price is likely to be this product’s major stumbling block.

THE PERFORMANCE

Fairly easy to set up, the Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB 3D glides along like a dream. Each model is equipped with ‘Ultra Fast Booting Time’ as the adverts boast, so you can buy with confidence that you won’t be subject to the (sometimes painful) loading times of certain Blu Ray players.

The Skype option is a lot of fun as well, as you can conduct conversations with multiple people and nobody has to push. In addition, the improved sound of the TV really makes up for the sometimes-dodgy transmissions received during regular Skype calls.

The quality of the 3D is simply stupefying and this Blu Ray can certainly provide you and your friends or family with a satisfying evening of home cinema.

WHAT OTHER USERS SAY

Despite the vast majority of Amazon’s product reviewers giving it perfect (5 star) reviews, it only has an aggregate score of 4/5. The user ‘James Hagerty’ said that whilst the player was mostly excellent, the laser was very sensitive, noting that even faint smudging or scratching can cause big problems for the viewer.

‘Sunflower’ based in London, pointed out a very serious flaw that I didn’t notice (but definitely bears mentioning if it is indeed the case) that the Internet apps are limited only to those that are pre-programmed in advance. This means that whilst you will get Youtube and Facebook, you will not be able to get iPlayer (or any number of others).

Other reviews (by the delightfully named ‘Porkchop’ amongst others) expressed annoyance that the streaming is actually very difficult and temperamental, in addition to the claim that a disproportionate amount of file types are not actually supported by Panasonic players. ‘Mememo’ (despite offering a 4/5 review) does mention that the player makes an annoying noise whilst playing, something that was also mentioned in other reviews.

‘Tabbycat 23’ (who, I can only imagine is not an actual cat) gave a perfect score, as well as saying that (s)he could not discern any noise emanating from the device (and cats are supposed to have good hearing!), whilst ‘Mark’ adequately described the visuals (before 3D) as “staggering” which is a genuine plus point.

Our Verdict

This is obviously a very good player. However, with the recent price drop taking effect, is it worth paying nearly £70 extra? Personally, I don’t think so.

Too many of the reviews I collated were very critical of Panasonic’s ‘lazy’ customer service and of their Blu Ray players being nowhere near as user friendly or compatible as a Sony or a Samsung.

Blighted by unwillingness to play certain file types and an extremely restrictive WiFi, the Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB 3D doesn’t really live up to the hype. For £150, we have every reason in the world to expect more. This does not mean that the Panasonic DMP-BDT110EB 3D is bad, just that it isn’t as good as Panasonic think it is.

Features:

5/10

Performance:

5/10

Design:

8/10

Value:

7/10

Was: £159.99
Now: £139.99

Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.co.uk.

Availability: Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days

Posted by Player Bluray | in 3D, HD, Panasonic, Upscaling, Wireless | Comments Off

You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circles on Google+ or like our Facebook fan page to keep yourself updated on all the Blu Ray Player reviews.

Tags: blu ray player