Panasonic DMP-BD35 ~ Pinoy Reviews

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Panasonic DMP-BD35


I honestly don't find the need for stand alone Blu-ray players considering that you can get a PS3 which is able to play Blu-ray videos. The cost of Blu-ray players seems to be much higher than PS3s, at least, in the Philippines but in the UK, Blu-ray player prices have been steadily declining. The Panasonic DMP-BDP35 Blu-ray Player for example is one of the cheapest Blu-ray players and costs less than a PS3 plus it's Profile 2.0 compliant.

Design

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 is one of the slimmer Blu-ray players I've seen. Slimmer than the Sony BDP-S350 that is. There's an LCD screen on the left which can be dimmed and a flip-down panel that houses the SD-card slot and playback controls.

Features

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 is one of the first players which are Profile 2.0 compliant, meaning you can access the BD-Live content on some Blu-ray discs. BD Live will allow you to connect your player to the Internet and download additional features of your Blu-ray discs. Older and cheaper players don't have this feature.

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 has one of the more comprehensive audio decoding support on a Blu-ray player. It can decode all high-resolution soundtracks like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The Panasonic DMP-BD35 loads Blu-ray discs pretty quickly and again, if you haven't tried Blu-ray yet, you'll be blown away by the image quality of Blu-ray discs.

As for the DVD upscaling features of the Panasonic DMP-BD35, it had trouble upscaling DVD movies which was is pretty disappointing. Pictures were noticeably jaggy on the edges especially if you have 40 inch and above LCDs but it's less noticeable on smaller LCDs.

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 has an ethernet port at the back which lets you update the player to its latest firmware or download BD-Live content.

Conclusion

The Panasonic DMP-BD35 offers great value for money if you're looking for a stand-alone Blu-ray player. In fact, in other Blu-ray Player Reviews, the Panasonic DMP-BD35 always gets above the average rating. However, if you can afford to spend a few more bucks, the best value for money is still probably a PS3 which offers faster Blu-ray loading and better features.

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