Panasonic DMP-BDT110 - Features

By Danny Phillips

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Panasonic DMP-BDT110

Summary

Our Score:

9

The DMP-BDT110 shaves £70 off the BDT310’s price tag by ditching several of its more luxurious features. Among the missing stuff are the High Clarity Sound and Digital Tube Sound enhancers, built-in Wi-Fi support, the touch-free sensor (which opens the disc tray with a swipe of your hand) and the second HDMI output.

But that still leaves plenty of stuff to get your teeth into, including Full HD 3D playback and a bunch of new 3D playback features. The most appealing of these is 2D-to-3D conversion, which does exactly what it says on the tin, generating a 3D effect with any 2D Blu-ray disc or DVD. Samsung has also introduced this feature on its latest Blu-ray decks, so it’s great to see Panasonic keeping pace with its Korean counterpart.

Unique to Panasonic is the 3D Effect Controller, which allows you to adjust the perceived depth of the image and select how the screen appears when watching 3D (flat or round). Flicking between the two options, it’s difficult to tell what it actually does, but according to Panasonic it’s supposed to remove some of the 'uncomfortableness' caused where the edge of the picture meets the bezel - the Round setting tweaks the way the left and right images are aligned and makes the 3D effect smoother.

Even more unusual is the ability to add a feathered frame at the edge of the screen, which is designed to diffuse the hard edge where the picture meets the bezel, making the 3D picture more comfortable to watch. You can even change the width and colour of this frame (the options are black, grey, blue and red).

The internet and networking functionality has also been updated for 2011, although the on-board internet portal is still Viera Cast and not the flash new Viera Connect service found on Panasonic’s 2011 TVs. Here you’ll find the same sites as before – YouTube, Twitter, Dailymotion, Picasa, Bloomberg and the latest weather, as well as a load of European sites – laid out in the same gloriously simple and attractive interface. We still think it could do with a few more killer apps like BBC iPlayer or Facebook, which would bring it up to the same level as Sony and Samsung’s web portals.

But it does, however, now include Skype, allowing you to make video calls with the communication camera attached. Incoming ringtones during Blu-ray playback let you know when you have a call, and it can also be set to ring while in standby. Furthermore, the unique Auto Answering Video Message feature lets you record a message that plays when you’re not there, while an update available in April will allow callers to record messages for you onto SD card.

Another snazzy feature introduced this year is iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Remote Control, which lets you control the player using these devices over a wireless network – the free apps for this will be available from mid-March, and it works with GUIs like Gesture and Scrub.

The extraordinary feature list continues. The BDT110 also features DLNA networking, allowing you to play DivX HD, MP3, JPEG, WMV, and AVCHD files stored remotely on Windows 7 PCs and NAS drives, or programmes recorded on Panasonic DIGA recorders. Files can also be played from USB devices (up to 2TB, FAT 32) connected to the front-mounted port, while the SD card slot (which also handles SDXC cards) supports MPEG-2, AVCHD and JPEG, as well as MPO 3D photos.

Jmac

March 14, 2011, 5:59 pm

2D to 3D conversion is never going to be particularly convincing, and is a gimmick that will remain determinedly turned off on my setup when I upgrade to 3D (after a quick test to make sure it actually is as bad as I expect it to be). Studios drop millions of dollars to get a 2D film painstakingly converted to 3D by expert visual effects specialists, and from what I understand of the process a lot of manual intervention is involved, and even then the results are sub-par (Clash of the Titans, anyone?) so automated conversion in a £150 Blu-Ray deck really isn't going to cut it. Like many AV effects widgets (bass boost; "concert hall"-type listening modes; pseudo-surround sound) this really isn't going to do your source material any favours.

Otherwise the deck looks good. No need for wifi or BD Live here, so glad the wifi dongle and local storage are optional extras. 2nd HDMI not an issue for anyone with a decent, recent AV amp with HDMI 1.4 (my Onkyo TX-SR-608 will happily pass the appropriate signals). All I'm waiting for is another generation or 2 of 3D TVs to iron out the crosstalk issue and a range of titles compelling enough to convince me to buy...

PoisonJam

March 15, 2011, 2:30 am

Guys, what would you say has the fastest load times of all the <£200 players you've reviewed?

My Sony BDP-S350 annoys me, though it is a fairly early player. The disc load times were excellent for the time, but I'm sure have been surpassed since. Another issue I find with it is that if you switch it on and hit eject it won't just give you the disc. No, it seems to read the entire disc first before it will spit it out...

RJM

October 22, 2011, 9:20 am

To get around the low number of USB ports, I connected this player (and a Panasonic Plasma) to the web via a Wi-Fi bridge, using the LAN port
So far I have found no problems connecting to the web, and the Panasonic iPhone apps all seem to work. Having already set up a Wi-Fi network, I had no problem installing a bridge.
I recall that the bridge cost about as much as the optional Wi-Fi dongle. A cheaper option (that I have not tried) may be a bridge that only has one Ethernet port.
I now have more free USB ports than I need.
As noted before I ignored any problems with 2D-3D conversion, I tired of this option on the first day and have not been back to it.
A good 3D Blu-ray movie is however a joy to watch. If you want to see the potential of 3D in a nature doco hire "Cousteau Presents Sharks 3D".

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