Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Review
June 16, 2011
Panasonic’s 2011 Blu ray player models included three different 3D capable players on top of the entry level non 3D model. With the maturing of Blu ray technology, the price of the Blu ray players has gone down. All three 3D Blu ray players are priced under $200 at most retailers online. While the cheapest Blu ray player from Panasonic is priced around $100, the lower end 3D model isn’t priced that much higher. With little extra cost, you get lot more features besides the 3D feature.
The DMP-BDT110 is the cheapest 3D capable Blu ray player from Panasonic’s 2011 line up. The DMP-BDT110 is a Profile 2.0 player compatible with the latest BD-LIVE contents. For a little price bump, the DMP-BDT110 packs in a lot more features over the DMP-BD75 model. The DMP-BDT110 can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD Master Audio, and DTS high resolution Audio. The player will also play the standard MP3 audio files. Like the DMP-BD75, the DMP-BDT110 can play most MKV files without having to encode them again. The DMP-BDT110 includes the full Viera Cast platform instead of the limited internet streaming content found on the DMP-BD75 model. The Viera Cast includes CinemaNow, VUDU, Netflix, Youtube, and many other internet streaming contents. You have access to news feeds as well as weathers from the Viera Cast. On top of the 3D playback, you can take regular 2D images and convert them to 3D images on the fly. One of the more interesting features on the DMP-BDT110 is the integration of Skype. It comes with full featured Skype integration that includes answering service as well as video chatting. You will need to buy optional USB camera to have the video chatting. Also, the DMP-BDT110 is merely WiFi ready device. You need to buy optional USB WiFi dongle to have a truly wireless connectivity.
Like a lot of the new Blu ray players, the DMP-BDT110 features the flip down front face design. This design adds little bit of flair to the overall design of the player. The disc tray is located on the left side of the player with the USB port located in middle. The LCD and playback buttons are located on the right side of the player. The back of player includes the HDMI, USB, 2 channel analog output as well as simple video output. You also get the SD card slot for extra memory option. If you do not want to buy the WiFi dongle, you have option to use the Ethernet port for wired internet connectivity. The included remote control has the dedicated Netflix and Skype button for fast and convenient access to these features. Other than that, the included remote control is fairly simple unit.
Performance and Video
As with DMP-BD75, one of the strong selling points of Panasonic Blu ray player is the speed of the player compared to other Blu ray players. The overall speed of DMP-BDT110 is similar to the cheaper DMP-BD75. While it performed faster against most players, there were some occasions where it was slower to load the same Blu ray disc. Overall, it is a fairly fast Blu ray player.
The overall video processing was very good as expected. Tested with two different Blu ray discs, the DMP-BDT110 showed no video processing defects. Moiré, jaggieness, and motion blur were all absent from the playback of two discs. The upscaling tests on DVDs were flawless as well. The conversion of 2D to 3D image was decent at best. Don’t expect to get full 3D effect you get from the proper HD 3D mastered Blu ray discs. While you do get 3D effects, it is not as good as the movies properly shot in 3D and transferred to Blu ray disc. Overall, there was nothing wrong with any video playback.
All audio formats played without any problems. All high definition audio formats properly decoded. As with DMP-BD75, it could not play the WMA files. Other than that, the audio performance was spot on.
The DMP-BDT110 is a feature packed player at under $120. The inclusion of Viera Cast and Skype makes it worth the extra $20 over the DMP-BD75 model. Also, the overall video and audio processing was very good. If you do buy this model, I recommend updating the firmware to the newest version as I had some problem getting Viera Cast to work properly with Netflix. Also, if you need wireless connectivity, I suggest getting the DMP-BDT210 for the included WiFi. Other than that, DMP-BDT110 is a very capable player at a great price.
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