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Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player review

Pitch perfect pictures make this a Blu-ray player to savour

Our Verdict

A good Blu-ray player but the lack of features let it down slightly

For

  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Lacks built-in storage
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No DivX HD playback

Panasonic was one of the first brands to build Blu-ray players, and it shows; this mid-range deck is one of the best around, and great value despite its above average price.

The Blu-ray player market has been awash with £99 products since the last festive season, but Panasonic has been trying up the ante for some time now – see its (still unique) Blu-ray recorders from 2009, a range that's about to be followed up by its DMR-BW780 and DMR-BW880 models.

Panasonic is all over Blu-ray. As well as some portable models, it's also about to unleash a 3D Blu-ray player, the £399 DMP-BDT300, though for now 2D fans are well catered for; its DMP-BD65 is sandwiched between the £169 DMP-BD45 and £299 DMP-BD85.

The former is a no frills deck and the latter a high-end player with built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA networking, but all include the hugely impressive PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus circuitry.

And that picture-boosting circuitry proves to be the DMP-BD65's biggest asset, despite it being loaded with extra features.

Viera Cast is the most obvious add-on; a bespoke platform for broadband TV and information services, though it's marred by a lack of content – YouTube just isn't enough any more.

Elsewhere is a USB slot (with dubious DivX HD compatibility – see below) and, of course, access to BD Live, though there's still no built-in storage for BD Live downloads. And, oddly, there's no DLNA networking on the DMP-BD65 despite it being able to plug in to a broadband home network.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
EthernetYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD-R, CD-R
Sound SystemDTS, DTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital
Number of Discs1
Brand NamePanasonic
Audio FormatsMP3, CD-DA
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height49.3 mm
Width430.3 mm
Depth207.3 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMP-BD65
Product NameDMP-BD65 Blu-ray Disc Player
Input Voltage110 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberDMP-BD65
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience orignal movie quality with the DMP-BD65 Blu-ray Disc Player. In addition, the BD65 offers ultra fast booting and access to various online content with VIERA Cast.

Package Contents
  • DMP-BD65 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes
Weight (Approximate)1.91 kg