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Panasonic DMP-BD75 review

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Panasonic DMP-BD75
  • Panasonic DMP-BD75
  • Panasonic DMP-BD75
  • Panasonic DMP-BD75
  • Panasonic DMP-BD75

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Pros

  • Cracking picture quality
  • Excellent new operating system
  • DLNA networking on an entry-level deck

Cons

  • No built-in BD Live memory
  • Light on features and connections
  • No AAC, WMA, WMV support

Key Features

  • DLNA networking
  • Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
  • New ultra-slim design
  • USB port
  • DivX HD and MKV support
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Panasonic recently unveiled its 2011 product line-up at Excel in London and among the hordes of brand spanking new home cinema products on show were three 3D-ready Blu-ray players – the DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110 – and two 2D players, the DMP-BDT111 and DMP-BD75. We’ve managed to get our hands on the Profile 2.0 BD75, which may only be this year’s no-frills, entry-level offering but it still reveals some of the big improvements Panasonic has made across the entire range.

The first of these is the external design. With the environment very much at the forefront of its mind, Panasonic has squeezed the DMP-BD75 and its stable mates into much slimmer and compact cases (the BD75 measures just 35mm high), which in turn means less packaging. There is another benefit, though; it’s easier to slide into tightly packed AV cabinets.

Compact it may be, but that doesn’t leave much surface area to play with – as a result, there are just a couple of buttons on the front panel, next to a basic LED display panel and a USB port. The deck is basically a simple, wafer-thin black box, but despite its lack of bells and whistles (such as the Touch-Free Sensor found on decks higher up the range) it retains a sense of style, plus the aluminium casing makes it surprising robust for a budget player.

On the rear panel is more evidence of the DMP-BD75’s budget status. The sockets on offer include an HDMI output, composite video output, stereo audio output and an Ethernet port – this is clearly a deck aimed at buyers with basic requirements. If you want to enjoy HD audio soundtracks you’ll need to pair it with an HDMI-equipped receiver, as there are no multichannel analogue or digital audio workarounds.

The USB port on the front panel is provided for playback of digital media files, but the lack of built-in memory or separate SD card slot means this has to be used for storage if you’re planning to download BD Live content. Unsurprisingly the port doesn’t support Wi-Fi dongles and there’s no built-in Wi-Fi either.

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lynettewillis1

October 18, 2011, 7:26 am

Yeah well, you may think it's OK but I am not at all impressed! I had a Panasonic DMP-BD75 given to me as a gift. The friend specifically asked if this model was region free and was told that it absolutely is. RUBBISH!
I rang Panasonic and was told that this model can not be converted by them or any other way at all.
Does anyone know more about this than their customer service staff and have any idea how to get around it?

Ed

October 18, 2011, 2:24 pm

Okay... so you're saying the player's not okay because a sales rep told you it was region free when it isn't. Sorry but that's just not a valid criticism.

As with many Blu-ray/DVD players, it appears you can hack this model to be region free with the help of a special remote control, and you can make it region free for blurays as well if you're willing to add an extra chip in. Overall, though, it's a legal grey area selling truly region free players and I believe most of the big name manufacturers require you to at least perform some form of remote control hack to enable a region free mode.

Here's a link for some advice: http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-ray-dvd-player-multiregion-hacks/1450349-panasonic-dmpbd75-region-hack.html

stevobath

November 2, 2012, 6:37 pm

I bought mnefrom Riher Sounds.It plays DVDs from ALL REGIOS.No hack required.As fa as I'm aware there is no hack/or remote device available to hack the Blu Ray.I've tried all the decent hack sites.

So lynettewillis1 are you referring to DVD playback or Blu Ray? Eithr way your criticism isnot really warranted!

JE

February 2, 2013, 5:02 am

I have this player and whenever I try to navigate the folders on my connected HDD to get to my Movies folder, the option to enter that folder is greyed out. Does anyone know why this is?

Jean-Pierre Ethier

July 11, 2013, 7:43 pm

ok i have a question for you all i have a freenas media server with minildap for upnp streaming. is that player will be able to get access to my freenas and my movie stored in it

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