The BD35 also performs well with the Silicon Optix Blu-ray HD HQV Benchmark disc, resolving the black and white lines flawlessly in the film and video resolution loss tests, as well as keeping jaggies to a minimum on rotating bars (hats off to P4HD) and resolving the tiny seats in the panning stadium shot with minimal flickering.
We weren’t quite as enamoured by the BD35 as a DVD upscaler though – the opening scenes of Seven look a tad hazy and fidgety (particularly Morgan Freeman’s textured bed sheet) and edges look jagged. Switching to the more recent Lord of the Rings disc, we got more of the same, which is a surprise given Panasonic’s past upscaling accomplishments with this disc.
But it’s all positive on the sound quality front. We paired the BD35 with Panasonic’s SA-BX500 receiver and kicked back with Resident Evil: Extinction’s Dolby True HD soundtrack and were swallowed up by a clear, detailed soundstage that quite frankly took our breath away. Music from the analogue outputs is also distinct and well-balanced.
The DMP-BD35 shows Blu-ray at its very best, not only in terms of picture quality – which is absolutely sensational, by the way – but also in terms of sound, features and all-round usability. DVD playback is a touch disappointing but in all other respects, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Blu-ray player for this sort of money.