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Panasonic DMP-BD75 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Another aspect Panasonic has worked hard to improve upon is disc-loading speed, and the results of this were evident when we loaded up Terminator Salvation. It chops the DMP-BD85’s sluggish time of one minute 22 seconds down to 40 seconds, with other discs like Avatar taking only 30 seconds to load. OK, so it’s not lightning quick but we’re nudging ever closer to those hallowed DVD loading times.

And in terms of picture quality, the DMP-BD75 is a great advert for budget Blu-ray players, mustering images that certainly don’t look like they’ve been compromised by corner cutting. It appears to retrieve every last scrap of detail from the disc and displays it without any errors or artefacts. The image is as clear and crisp as we’d hope, with a really canny ability to render rich, radiant colours without losing its way with shading and tonal blends, which look wonderfully smooth.

Of course, discs like Avatar are the best way to show off the BD75’s expertise. The Na’vi’s blue skin and their kaleidoscopic forest surroundings enjoy wonderful vibrancy and never look dull or garish. Textures like skin and tiny details on the forest floor during Jake’s first sojourn are easily visible. We also tried out more ‘realistic’ looking discs like Inception and The Dark Knight, and the images on show are deep and solid, exactly what true movie lovers are looking for. It also pulls it out of the bag with DVD discs, delivering clean, watchable pictures that might just save your SD discs the ignominy of the car boot sale for a little longer.

But for a more objective insight into the deck’s video processing chops, try an evaluation disc like Silicon Optix’s HQV. The DMP-BD75 passes its stern tests with flying colours, making the Film and Video Resolution loss tests look completely stable, rendering diagonals without any stepping whatsoever and handling the stadium camera pan with the suave assurance of a more expensive player.

Sonically the player is unremarkable, handling CDs and compressed music through the analogue outs with a lively and generally well-balanced sound without ever doing anything to prick up the ears of any audiophiles in the vicinity.

Verdict

If you honestly don’t have the funds to plough into one of Panasonic’s forthcoming higher-end players, or you’re simply not bothered about 3D or any of the other bells and whistles finding their way onto many players in the budget-to-midrange market, then the Panasonic might be worth investigating by virtue of its wonderful picture quality and excellent new operating system – plus you get DLNA networking functionality as a tasty little bonus.

However, anyone looking for an exciting, sexy, multifaceted and media savvy Blu-ray player with Web access, 3D support and Wi-Fi functionality might do well to seek out a discounted Sony BDP-S570 or keep saving and wait to see what Panasonic’s better-specced players have to offer.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 7
  • Design 7

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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