Panasonic is one of the major players in the new push to 3D and the company announced its first 3D Blu-ray player at CES 2010.
Panasonic didn't announce it in the press release, but when we took a tour of the booth we noticed that the DMP-BDT350 features dual HDMI outputs, which is unique compared with all the other 3D Blu-ray players announced at CES 2010. The reason for the dual ports is to deal with the fact that 3D Blu-ray requires HDMI 1.4, and all existing AV receivers support only HDMI 1.3.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT350 will integrate more easily with existing AV receivers, by sending the high-bandwidth 3D video directly to your HDTV, and the audio to the receiver. Other 3D Blu-ray players will require new HDMI 1.4 AV receivers if you want to use HDMI for audio.
We think it's a smart design choice, and it differentiates the DMP-BDT350 from the other 3D Blu-ray players at the show.