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Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player review

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  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player
  • DMP-BD60 BD Player (BD-ROM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, Secure Digital SD, BD-R, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-RE - BD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, JPEG HD, MP3, DivX, CD-DA, MPEG-2, JPEG, PCM, MPEG-4 Playback - Progressive Scan - Black)

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9

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Panasonic has always been at the cutting edge of Blu-ray technology, but its latest range of players looks to push the boundaries even further. The DMP-BD60 is the entry-level player in the company's latest three-strong line-up - which also includes the step-up DMP-BD80 and the DMP-BD70V Blu-ray/VHS combi (no, really) - and the big breakthrough on these models is the inclusion of Viera Cast functionality, also found on the company's Z1, V10 and G15 NeoPDP TVs.

Viera Cast allows you to access the Internet via the deck's Ethernet connection and browse targeted sites like YouTube, much like the LG BD370 which we reviewed recently. The DMP-BD60 goes a step further by providing access to Google's Picasa web album but sadly not Amazon VOD or Bloomberg as found on the American version.

But Viera Cast is just the tip of the iceberg - like all Panasonic Blu-ray players before it, the BD60 is packed with loads of other alluring features and picture enhancing technology that could put the company back at the top of the Blu-ray tree.

After seeing a Blu-ray deck as jaw-droppingly gorgeous as the Samsung BD-P4600 (review coming soon), everything else seems ugly by comparison. But our tainted eyes are doing this deck a disservice - it's actually very pleasant to look at, with the sleek black finish, silver flashes and slim measurements resulting in a modern, tasteful piece of kit, and most importantly the build quality is terrific.

On the right hand side is a flap that conceals an SD/SDHC card slot, which allows you to play JPEG, AVCHD and MPEG-2 files, and a USB port that supports MP3, JPEG and DivX playback. The SD card slot is also needed to store downloaded updates and web content because there's no built-in memory like the Samsung BD-P4600. Alongside these sockets you'll find play, pause and stop buttons.

Rear sockets are sparse but no more so than other similarly-priced players on the market. The small cluster of connections includes HDMI 1.3, component, composite and stereo audio outputs, as well as an Ethernet port for that all important web functionality and an optical digital audio output. There are no multichannel analogue outputs, but if you really need them they can be found on the DMP-BD80.

Premfab

March 12, 2009, 11:18 pm

Not doubting the Panasonic's quality, but when will this be available in the UK? If the BD50 / BD55 fiasco is anything to go by, then don't hold your breath.





Chances are they'll announce the BD65 in a few weeks time before the BD60 even reaches the shop - this is exactly what happenned with the BD50 / BD55.





So here's keeping our fingers crossed and hope they actually deliver it soon ....

SteveB

March 15, 2009, 2:23 pm

I am/was looking at the BD55.....but I might hold off for the BD60 now....plus saving a good amount means I can get the Panasonic SA BX500 AV Receiver I'm after. Sounds like the suppliers can't get hold certain electrical goods so quickly since this recession began.

Fireshade

March 23, 2009, 7:41 pm

Quote from the review:


"... although when running at 24fps camera pans still aren't completely judder-free on our 1080/24p compatible TV."


Are you using an LCD? Most LCDs still have this problem, in which case judder is often not produced by the source/player. Any details on that?

TiagoCT

June 28, 2009, 9:06 am

Hi everyone,


This might sound noob, but I really need to know it...


I know this Blu-Ray player only has Analog Stereo Output, but that


doesn't mean it can't output, for example 5.1 through the Optical Cable, right?


Thanks.

HenkM

June 29, 2009, 6:31 am

@TiagoCT,


I had the same concern like you when the BD60 appeared but after downloading and reading the manual it seemed that it should work.


Now the BD60 has arrived and connected with with a (optical) Toslink cable to my (older) Yamaha 5.1 AV system it works like a dream, perfect 5.1 sound. Even the Dolby TrueHD soundtracks can be played.

TiagoCT

June 29, 2009, 7:44 am

@HenkM


Hi and thanks for helping me! Knowing what you just told me makes


me belive that spending extra money on the BD80 is not worth it


since it can output 5.1 audio through the optical cable.


Thanks a lot!

Peterr ibg

June 30, 2009, 10:44 pm

Yes you can connect via optical to give 5.1, however, I am certain that Dolby TrueHD nor DTS HD can pass over optical and they must either go via HDMI or analogue ( which the BD60 doesn't have but the BD80 does). HenkM I think what you are hearing will be the downsampled version of the TrueHD track and will just be Dolby 5.1. The only way to get the BD60 to play High Def sound is therefore by connecting to your amp via HDMI, if your amp doesn't have this and you want HD sound then this is not the player for you

TiagoCT

July 1, 2009, 9:14 pm

Hi Peter,


I think I won't have that problem because the Optical can Output both Bitstream and PCM.


PCM is the "raw" format of an audio file. It's also known as WAV. It can be played


directly without decoding, meaning that all the decoding of the audio being it TrueHD or whatever is made inside the Player.


I apreciate the concern, though and thank you! :)

Gilson Cesar de Oliveira

July 12, 2009, 3:40 am

Hi...


I'd like to know if it is possible to have access to the Internet using devices connected to USB interface in the BD60 or just through the RJ45 interface ???





Thanks in advance for any help.





Regards,





Gilson

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