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Panasonic DMR-BWT700 review

Sparkling HD pictures make this this Freeview HD, 3D-compatible Blu-ray playing Skype box a treat

Panasonic dmr bwt700

The Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is a strange beast. Massively ambitious and hugely capable, it makes a superb catchall HD and 3D Blu-ray product, but it does have a split personality.

Hard disk housekeeping could confuse (or simply bore rigid) a rocket scientist, while making a video call to the other side of the Earth is a cinch.

We liked

Picture quality is outstanding all-round; this is a top quality slice of AV heaven for anyone interested in reference-level performance from all sources, while the myriad recording, archiving and storage options will excite any HD obsessive or HD camcorder user.

Add 3D compatibility and Freeview HD, and the Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is a catch-all solution like no other.

We disliked

A relatively small HDD might annoy, but the main issue is the user interface. We've seen worse, but it doesn't have the joined-up feel that Panasonic's other 2011 AV products benefit from. Nor does it have Viera Connect, which means no BBC iPlayer.

Verdict

Hugely impressive in some ways, the Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is also your classic AV misfire. Designed to appeal to all, the basics – speed and simplicity – have been slightly overlooked in favour of geek features.

Overall we're not sure the cash saved from swerving the 500GB version is worth all the conversion/ compression hassle. Those after a 3D home cinema powerhouse should aim for the DMR-BWT800, while those just after Freeview+HD will probably find life easier with a dedicated PVR such as the Humax HDR-FOX T2, the Icecrypt T2400 or TVonics DTR-Z500HD.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Scan Format1080p
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
EthernetYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Digital TunerDVB-T2, DVB-T (MPEG2)
USBYes
HDMIYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDTS HD, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital
Number of Discs1
Brand NamePanasonic
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
FeaturesBD Live, 2D-3D Conversion
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG-2, H.264
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption34 W
Standby Power Consumption6 W
Maximum HDD Recording Time3 Week
Maximum DVD Recording Time16 Hour
Digital to Analog Audio Converter24-bit - 192 kHz
Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Maximum BD Recording Time4 Day
Video Signal FormatPAL, NTSC
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Height59 mm
Width430 mm
Depth238 mm
ColourBlack
Picture ControlColour
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMR-BWT700
Product NameDMR-BWT700 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberDMRBWT700EB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Advanced 2D image technology accumulated over the years at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) has also been applied to 3D image playback, allowing high quality images to approach original film quality. Lifelike 3D images with dramatic leaping effects and enhanced depth, lustre and texture are beautifully reproduced. Adaptive Chroma Processing is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc video signal in vertical and horizontal directions. Compared with 2010 models, vertical color data processing has been increased by 1.5 times. This allows Adaptive Chroma Processing to faithfully reproduce color data.

Package Contents
  • DMR-BWT700 3D Blu-ray Disc Player/Recorder
  • Remote Control
Remote ControlYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.10 kg