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Panasonic DMP-BDT120 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips



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Performance and picture quality

The Panasonic DMP-BDT120 is as quick to load discs as its BDT-series stablemates, firing up Terminator Salvation in 41 seconds and Thor in half the time. That’s great news, as you get to revel in the deck’s delicious pictures as quickly as possible. With the 2D Rise of the Planet of the Apes, images are staggeringly detailed, rendering the impressive ape CG with pleasing clarity, but not neglecting the finer details of the human faces on show.

Panasonic DMP-BDT120

It also reproduces tricky colours in a life-like manner, subtly teasing out the layers of shading around cheek bones and on clothing with no banding or bleeding. Edges are razor sharp and shadow detail, such as folds and creases on black suit jackets, is clear as day. The 1080/24p output ensures judder free movement when used with a compatible TV.

With the more demanding Silicon Optix HQV disc the DMP-BDT120 delivers an assured performance, reproducing the Video Resolution, Jaggies and Film Resolution tests with only some minor flicker on the latter to report. Tricky camera movements over detail don’t faze the deck in the slightest, likewise the array of exotic video cadences thrown its way.

The DMP-BDT120 is also a fine purveyor of 3D pictures. Once again Avatar found its way into the disc slot and while viewing the First Sortie chapter the image quality hit us for six, with amazing depth and clarity that draws you deep into the action. As the helicopter touches down in the forest the experience is mesmerising – the layers of tree trunks, branches and sunlight streaming in through the gaps seem to stretch back for miles, with skipping animals and flapping ferns crisply resolved in the foreground.

Panasonic DMP-BDT120

And even without the advanced audio modes found in the DMP-BDT320 (High Clarity Sound, Digital Tube Sound) the BDT120 still plays music with a well-balanced and open feel.


There’s absolutely no question that the DMP-BDT120 is a top quality Blu-ray player. Its 2D and 3D pictures look stunning, there’s a bevy of useful features on board including Viera Connect and DLNA networking, and its operating system is one of the best we’ve seen on any Blu-ray player.

The only issue is that you need to buy the optional dongle to access the deck’s web features wirelessly, which is pointless when the step-up DMP-BDT220 with built-in Wi-Fi sells for around the same price. Therefore the only people likely to be interested are those with wired web routers who don’t want to pay a premium for Wi-Fi, or those with no real interest in online features at present. If that’s you, then enjoy your new DMP-BDT120. Everyone else should head straight for the superior DMP-BDT220 or DMP-BDT320.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9
  • Value 8

Jon Metcalfe

February 21, 2013, 3:50 pm

If you have a wireless box attached to your sky+ box, it will connect to your blu-ray player. In SETUP (bizarrely) choose the WIRED option. It will connect you WIRELESSLY and immediately update the firmware. Then off you go with complete wi-fi functionality. (Wireless box from Sky costs £21, less than half the Panasonic dongle). Trust me - itworkd!


August 2, 2013, 9:28 pm

The thing has a wired network connection, and will alwasy be sitting somewhere next ti the TV, so why the fuzz about it not having WiFi?
I like to have the WiFi free for the netbook and other portable devices, and not waste the bandwith to a fixed utility.
BTW, though I'm happy with the player, the Network Drive facilities seem to be pretty useless, and the Internet portal is at least horribly annoying with the beep that seems can not be switched-off.......
And though the DNLA player does see the .wmv and .avi files on the network drive (which it doesn't want to connect to as network drive) it doesn't play any of these files.. But, no problem playing the music colledtion from the same network drive.....


September 10, 2013, 5:17 pm

Hi Jon
How exactly do you connect this machine to Sky+, so you are able to share it's Wifi connection?
As another point, I have a Panasonic Viera TV which I have got a wifi adaptor connected to. Could I possibly just make an additional connection (ie: as well as the HDMI) and get this BluRay player connected to the web that way?


March 18, 2014, 6:42 am

how to make it multi zone


April 29, 2014, 6:05 pm

Under DLNA this player is not able to play more of DivX files, mp3 and another media files. The workaround - use network driver connection, but this is not correct info in your review. Please, be careful with info and check it twice when you share important info with your readers!!! I like Panasonic products, but this player has and another problem. Many of mkv files are tearing, especially if they are more 1GB!!! I am not very impressed. On the other hand I have Panasonic vier a Smart TV and this is the best TV ever. Play everything, work with high performance and etc.

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