Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray Player - Panasonic DMP-BD45

By Danny Phillips



Our Score:


The BD45 delivers excellent picture quality, particularly for a player at this price point. With a decent 1080p transfer like Inglourious Basterds, it reproduces images with lucidity and subtlety such that you'd swear you were watching it on a more expensive player. Check the scene where Col. Landa pulls up outside Monsieur LaPadite’s house. Colours are truly radiant yet natural, while the detail that defines shadows within the bushes and trees is superbly drawn, giving the image plenty of punch and depth.

The subsequent scenes inside the dimly-lit house reveal more of the deck’s excellent contrast balance and shadow detail. We’ve viewed these scenes on several players recently, including the Philips BDP7500 and Sony BDP-S760, but the BD45’s treatment boasts a touch of extra sharpness and insight, which we can only attribute to the processing effects of P4HD.

We couldn’t stump the BD45 with the Silicon Optix HQV disc either. Its handling of every test is flawless – particularly impressive is the level of focus it brings to the edges of the rotating bars on the jaggies tests, and its ability to lock down the Video and Film Resolution cadences without so much as a single twitch or flicker. DVDs obviously lack the pizzazz of hi-def but look great, upscaled with smooth edges, terrific detail rendering and convincing colours.

Sonically the BD45 does a workmanlike job, tackling Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Sea on CD with plenty of verve and top-end detail, and it just about nails the fragility of her vocals, but we’ve heard better. No problems with HD audio tracks though – the sound is as explosive as you’d expect.


Anyone who dreamed of owning a Panasonic Blu-ray deck but found their prices too prohibitive can now get themselves one, albeit a vanilla version. Thanks to Panasonic’s ever-reliable, PHL-developed processing, the DMP-BD45’s picture quality is exceptionally good for a sub-£200 model, and if crisp hi-def pictures is the only thing you want from your Blu-ray experience then the BD45 might be worth a punt.

However, the curious lack of BD Live functionality proves to be the BD45’s biggest obstacle. While we appreciate Panasonic’s attempts to cater for budget buyers, getting rid of BD Live altogether isn’t a wise move, even on an entry-level deck like this. Even if your feelings towards BD Live are ones of overwhelming indifference, buying a player without it is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Our advice? Save up an extra £30 and bag yourself the DMP-BD65…

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7


February 5, 2010, 3:00 pm

Where was it made? I bought a Panasonic 4 years ago that was made in Slovakia and it has turned out to be a reliability nightmare. Panasonic just isn't what it used to be in my view.


February 5, 2010, 3:25 pm

My brother has the model 60 on a Samsung 5054 tv. We have looked at upconverted dvds. The video quality is nothing short of stunning. IMHO the video quality looks or beats the high def sattelite stations that I receive. He bought a BD disc, SWORDFISH. I was unimpressed with this disc's performance on this player. Hopefully in the near future he will purchase a more highly rated BD disc that rated very high on its video quality. As a upconverting machine however, you cannot beat it. I have no other comments to make about audio thru the optical output since his sub is on the fritz. Untested too by me is their virtual surround mode.


February 5, 2010, 3:47 pm

...or you could by the older DMP-DB60 ( I own one of these ) which is cheaper and by the looks of it is superior. Seen it on a few sites for £144.

Danny P

February 5, 2010, 4:07 pm

Clarification on the BD Live issue from Panasonic: "Profile 2.0 is not mandatory, it is purely optional. Panasonic have always offered the highest specification on our players aimed at the film enthusiast. We were the 1st manufacturer to introduce Profile 2.0 players in the market, while many others were still selling Profile 1.1 models. The Blu-ray market has matured, and we feel the time is right to offer a product that will still offer high quality picture performance while achieving a price point that will be more attractive to the mass market. We would like to give even the casual movie viewer the opportunity to own a Panasonic Blu-ray Player."

Matthew White

February 5, 2010, 5:39 pm

Is anyone aware of any image processing differences bewtween the BD60 and BD65


February 8, 2010, 2:49 am

No profile 2.0 and slow loading times? Sorry Panasonic but that just isn't good enough. For a similar price I picked up an LG390 with profile 2.0, faster loading times and superb picture quality.

Matthew White

February 8, 2010, 1:37 pm

bobsta , where did you get a BD390 for £170 ish ?


February 8, 2010, 5:35 pm

Hi Matthew. The LG390 was in stock at my local Tesco a couple of weeks ago for £169.99.

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