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How does this unit compare in terms of speed of operation with the 850 it replaces? Is it much faster to load blu-rays? It is less sluggish switching between watching Blu-ray and switching back to freesat tuners? I bought an 850 at 350 pounds ,which is half the price of the new unit, love it for what it does, but cant help but wonder if the newer 850 has ironed out the issues of the 850. The 850 can be slow to load blu-ray, and i've found the now/next channel info drops off on my channels banner unless i reboot every night.. Otherwise its a quality product.
Is Panasonic really suggesting we fork out £760 for this, and then another £260 for a DMP-BDT100 to play 3D? I would have thought they could have incorporated 3D into this very expensive box.@Danny - why did you award it 10/10 for features with this glaring ommission?
Thanks for the review. Just one question, how does the new 'HM' mode compare with the 850's lowest 'HL' mode. Is the picture noticeably softer?
Completely agree with Charm El Snake above.. why the hell would any serious home cinema enthusiast fork out best part of a grand for a Blu-ray player that cannot play back 3D content? It's absolutely laughable. It also kinda makes me hope Panny end up with a warehouse full of these things due to their own short-sightedness/tight-arsed-ness.
I have to disagree with 'charm el snake' & 'matthew white',in terms of excluding the 3D function on this model.I would admit that the price does seem high though ( hopefully time will bring this down and a bit of competion from the likes of Sony?), and I would be very reluctant or even refuse to fork out this kind of money on a unit that reportedly has the kind of functioning issues you have mentioned, i.e. the sluggish operation. I sincerely hope they are just software issues that can be rectified with appropriate updates. Coming back to my point about disagreeing with these two people, I have to say that I think it's actually quite refreshing this sort of high tech product has been released without 3D. I once tried viewing a 3D telly with the specified glasses in a Sony shop and whilst the picture wasn't too bad, I would never want to spend hours of my time watching a tv screen with these blasted glasses on. Unless the industry come up with an 'active' 3D viwieng experience from a tv without having to wear glasses, I definately won't be a 3D convert! Give me 1080P 2D HD viewing anyday, against uncomfortable viewing spectacles!
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