Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray Player Preview 
Home Theater Video Players Blu-ray Players
Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 28 December 2009

Panasonic’s DMP-BD60K Blu-ray player features a solid lineup of features at a fairly reasonable price.  It’s not going to blow anyone away, but at an MSRP of $199, it doesn’t need to.

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.





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