Panasonic DMP-BDT300 review: Panasonic DMP-BDT300

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Excellent image processing. Web connectivity. Value for money. 7.1 analog output for older receivers. 3D playback.

The Bad Not as successful with DVD playback. A little ugly.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic DMP-BDT300 is a talented all-rounder, which includes 3D Blu-ray playback and will also deliver web content to your television.

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At the beginning of 2010, 3D Blu-ray players were a premium item, and as a result they commanded a high price, too. But, with Sony's Blu-ray players now featuring 3D playback from as little as 200 bucks, it's now filtering into the mainstream. Originally priced at AU$599, the BDT300's drop to AU$399 is much welcomed.

Design

Occasionally, Panasonic will surprise you with a stunningly-crafted piece of machinery with clean, metallic lines acting as a focal point for a modern living room. This is not one of those times. The BDT300 is brown. Panasonic has offered up a functional-looking Blu-ray player, which is designed to complement the flagship VT20 plasma , we suspect.

The fascia is quite spartan and features the now obligatory drop-down flaps. Controls are limited to On/Off, Eject, Play and Stop. If you lose the remote you're going to need another one. Meanwhile, underneath one of the flaps lives a USB port and SD card slot.

Features

All of the "gimmes" of a contemporary player are here: BD-Live support; on-board DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD decoding; USB and SD card playback and a 7.1 analog output.

If you have an older receiver, odds are it can't throughput a 3D signal — it never needed to. But you needn't buy a new receiver if you get this player — it has a second HDMI port that you can connect directly to your 3D TV, while the other cable feeds audio to your AV equipment.

As with most of the company's devices for 2010, the BDT300 boasts the Viera Cast web portal that enables access to YouTube, Bloomberg and Picasa. Fripperies such as Twitter and Skype are relegated to the company's range of televisions.

Performance

When it comes to displaying a picture, your television tends to do a very good job of "scaling" an incoming picture to the resolution of your screen — no matter whether it's a DVD, Blu-ray or the on-board tuner. We tested the Blu-ray player in concert with the company's own TH-P50VT20A and were quite surprised to find that the player was better at picture processing than the TV itself.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT300 - Blu-ray disc player

Part Number: DMP-BDT300

Typical Price: $399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Network Connection Wi-Fi
  • Features 3:2 pull down compensation
  • Media Type DVD+RW
  • Type Blu-ray disc player
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Built-in Audio Decoders Dolby TrueHD