Panasonic DMP-BDT220 review

Panasonic's new sliver of Blu-ray does it all for less than £200

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Panasonic DMP BDT220

Panasonic has refined the delicious directional user interface it introduced last year.

Once again you can customize the home page with a wallpaper, only this year there's a Multi-User mode which allows four individuals to have their own customised home page (so a total of four wallpapers can be uploaded). Quite why you would want to have individual user modes on a BD player is a little perplexing, but to each their own.

The remote zapper is perfectly useable, but there's an app if you'd prefer to run things via your phone or tablet.

Panasonic DMP BDT220

Image quality is terrific. Panasonic's boffins have been squeezing ever more detail from Blu-ray discs since the advent of the UniPhier chipset in 2007. Now into its fifth incarnation, this extremely powerful processor delivers astounding clarity.

Texture is tangible and colour fidelity outstanding, thanks to this year's new innovation: Adaptive Chroma Processing. 3D Blu-rays appear equally good, although the chances of appreciating exactly what the player is capable of through filtered eyeware and ghosting LCD panels is remote.

1080p DVD upscaling is top notch. Deinterlacing impresses and there's a 24p mode for the format for the first time, good news if you have a large legacy disc collection. Loading times are fast, too.

This player needs just 50 seconds to take a JAVA rich Blu-ray from tray to onscreen menu. Less challenging discs are ready to roll in approx. 30 seconds.

If you're looking for your BD player to double as a credible audio source then you might be better off considering this deck's bigger brother, the DMP-BDT320, which offers more advanced audio processing. That said the DMP-BDT220 is unlikely to disappoint in regular use.

The fact that Panasonic has added FLAC compatibility is a welcome bonus. Used as a conduit from a music server (duly mapped of course) the DMP-BDT220 proves extremely effective.