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.
Occasionally, Panasonic will surprise you with awith 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 , 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.
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.
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 theand were quite surprised to find that the player was better at picture processing than the TV itself.
The BDT300's talents were most evident on the Mission Impossible III bridge attack test scene, with a combination of smooth movement and a lack of distracting moire patterns in the rails of the bridge. The scene is also notoriously noisy and the Blu-ray player cleaned up any extraneous noise masterfully.