|Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray Player Preview|
|Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Monday, 28 December 2009|
The BD60K does most of what we’ve come to expect from a low to mid priced Blu-ray player. It outputs video at a 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second. That includes upconverted standard definition DVDs. It offers support for Deep Color and x.v. Color, and has a few features to clean up and enhance video further.
The audio side is fairly standard as well. The DMP-BD60K supports decoding and bitstream output of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD. It has a range of audio manipulation functions such as Dialogue Enhancer, Night Surround Mode and Dynamic range Compression.
A common complaint about the BD60 is the lack of Netflix streaming video. While it does currently lack a way to access the service, Panasonic’s VIERA CAST package does include Amazon Video on Demand and YouTube. A built-in Ethernet port supplies the connection for both VIERA CAST and BD-Live.
Files can also be viewed from a networked computer or from an attached USB device. The DMP-BD60K has a limited amount of compatibility with common files though. It will play back MP3 audio files without a problem, which should satisfy most users, but the only video files supported are AVCHD and MPEG2.
Load times are also a factor in reviews of the DMP-BD60K. Load times are typically a bit longer than those of similarly priced players. Video and audio quality are said to be excellent for a player in the sub $200 range.
The Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray player is available now from Panasonic and other retailers for an MSRP of $199.95.
Compatible Video Signals: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Connections: HDMI Out, RJ-45, Stereo RCA Out, Component Out, Composite Out, Toslink Out, USB
Additional Features: Profile 2.0, BD-Java, USB, JPEG playback, Memory Card
Audio Features: Dialogue Enhancer, Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoders,
Video Features: Progressive Scanning, Cinema Mode, 3:2 pulldown
Approximate Size: 16.9"W x 9.8"D x 1.9"H
Weight: 5.7 lbs.