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Panasonic DMP-BDT320 review



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Panasonic DMP-BDT320


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  • Deep, detailed HD pictures in 2D and 3D
  • Chic, super-slim design
  • Viera Connect’s range of apps


  • DLNA and Viera Connect slightly sluggish
  • Touch pad remote can frustrate
  • Expensive Skype camera
  • Some files don’t play over DLNA

Review Price £229.99

Key Features: Full HD 3D Blu-ray playback; Built-in Wi-Fi; Viera Connect; DLNA media streaming; Smart Eco Sensor

Manufacturer: Panasonic

Blu-ray players were conceived to do a simple job but over the years they’ve morphed into much more than mere disc spinners. Now they’re sophisticated entertainment hubs, able to interact with tablets and smartphones, access internet services, play multimedia formats and stream content from networked computers. And just when you thought they couldn’t get any smarter, companies like Panasonic keep adding little innovations that make them more and more advanced – and the DMP-BDT320 is a fine example.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

It’s one of four dedicated Blu-ray players in Panasonic’s 2012 range, joining a bunch of Blu-ray/HDD recorders, PVR combis and all-in-one systems. It’s also the successor to last year’s DMP-BDT310, but no longer heads the range due to the introduction of a new flagship deck, the DMP-BDT500.

The first thing to notice about the DMP-BDT320 is the revamped design. Panasonic’s players have never been the prettiest but this year they look gorgeous, due largely to the addition of inward-sloping edges on the slim bodywork. And we really do mean slim – the BDT320 measures just 27mm from bottom to top, which will slide under your TV pretty much unnoticed. Like the BDT310 the dappled top panel has a row of touch sensitive buttons embedded into it, but the Touch-Free Sensor (which opened the tray with a wave of the hand) has gone.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

The fascia sports a glamorous mirrored panel, with an LED display on the left and a glowing white light above the central disc slot (another welcome addition). Under a flap on the right hand side you’ll find an SD card slot and USB port, which allow you to play back digital files from SD, SDXC and SDHC cards up to 64GB (as well as providing the storage memory for BD Live), and memory devices up to 2TB.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

On the back, the DMP-BDT320 does away with the second HDMI output (which is now reserved for the DMP-BDT500), but given the wide availability of HDMI v1.4-compatible receivers it’s no great loss. What’s left is a fairly simple line-up of sockets, including HDMI, optical digital, analogue stereo and composite video outputs, an Ethernet port and a second USB port.

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March 7, 2012, 12:32 pm

All good - except for the remote.

Have tried several touchscreens, but none can beat the hard keys for commands such as volume, play, pause, etc.

Remote aside, panny should be applauded for not resting on its laurels. I will certainly be buying one of these in the coming weeks.


March 7, 2012, 12:40 pm

"The deck also refused to stream an MKV file containing hi-def video as well as a hi-def AVI"

So its media streaming capabilities are next to useless, LG's players can play Mkv's, Wmvs straight from a network share - no messing about with DNLA.

All I want is the functionality of a WDTV that can play Blu rays. Fingers crossed for Sony's Google TV Blu Ray player.


March 7, 2012, 6:21 pm

Looks brilliant though unfortunately not yet in the stores. Any idea when it will be more widely available? Would buy it today if I could!


April 30, 2012, 6:22 pm

Currys have it in stock now. I bought mine on Friday.


February 10, 2013, 11:14 pm

I'm only looking for picture and sound quality, since I have my pc hooked up to my Onkyo tx-nr616...no need for fancy built in stuff then. I can also wire the bd player with ethernet cable. so, the question is: will this player be so much better than the Pioneer 150, that I will regret not buying this one? take into consideration that in my country the Pana is app 150quid whilst the Pioneer is currently 80,- is this one worth the difference?

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