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Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player review

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

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In a competitive market, the DMP-BD65 just manages to hold its own. With hi-def pictures and sound presenting no problem for this Panasonic, it would be hard to argue that it's over-priced, yet a few foibles with its digital media capabilities and its lack of DLNA networking knock the shine off this otherwise accomplished player.

We also liked the DMP-BD65's design – it's such a tiny player it could easily slot into an existing set-up – though gone are the days when Blu-ray players constituted a premium slice of tech; the DMP-BD65 is no better built than a mass-market DVD player.

Digital media and Viera Cast prove mere distractions, but its core duties are competently performed.

We liked:

Pictures, sound and speed. Incredibly fast to load, the DMP-BD65 gets the best out of Blu-rays without any fuss.

Pictures contain crystal clear detail within images that are clean and realistically coloured, with plenty of contrast and a stability that carries it through fast-motion scenes without too many incidences of blur.

Meanwhile, audio is delicately rendered and creates a wide and involving soundstage – it's as impressive as on some Blu-ray players twice the price.

We disliked:

The Blu-ray format might be holding up relatively well, but we're convinced that the ability to stream movies – even in standard definition – would see sales of players like the DMP-BD65 rocket.

Less important than Viera Cast's development into something genuinely useful is this deck's lack of reliable DivX playback from a USB stick, though we'd put the omission of DLNA networking as more of a concern.

And the lack of built-in storage for BD Live downloads is annoying.

Final verdict:

If you want the last word in all-round Blu-ray features, head for Panasonic's flagship DMP-BD85 deck.

If, on the other hand, you don't require analogue outputs and can happily cope with using either a Wi-Fi dongle or an Ethernet cable for BD Live and Viera Cast, the super-slim and fast DMP-BD65 makes for an excellent value buy; its picture quality is just as good as the higher-end alternative.

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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