Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player Review - Panasonic DMP-BD60 Review


The DMP-BD60 is, of course, fully equipped to handle any BD Live and BonusView content you throw at it, but that’s old news – we’re more interested in Viera Cast, which proves to be a worthwhile addition to the feature list. Press the dedicated Viera Cast button on the remote and you’re greeted by a main menu that offers YouTube on the left and Picasa on the right. Select YouTube and the next screen lets you choose which videos to browse – Featured, Most Viewed or Top Rated – or you can search by keying in terms using a virtual keyboard. Just like the LG BD370, you can narrow the clips down to a particular country and log-in to your account.

The clips are listed on the left while the video plays on the right, and you can switch to fullscreen simply by highlighting the video and pressing enter. Apart from an annoying chime that plays whenever you move the cursor, this portal is simple and enjoyable to use. Likewise Picasa, which lets you key in search terms and find the photos you want, or you can play entire albums as a slideshow with music in the background. The images are displayed in crisp hi-def and we imagine this being a great thing to put on in the background during dinner parties.

Elsewhere inside the BD60 you’ll find the same UniPhier single chip LSI that produced such impressive picture quality on its predecessors. Because the entire video signal processing circuit is packed onto a single chip, it helps to reduce power consumption, and the DMP-BD60 uses 16 per cent less power in standby than the DMP-BD35.

The UniPhier chip’s deadliest weapon is P4HD, which processes and optimises more than 15 billion pixels per second, as well as handling all of the main video duties such as 16-level motion detection, diagonal processing and 1080p DVD upscaling. Also on board is the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus – introduced on the BD35 and BD55 – which processes and corrects every pixel to ensure the most accurate colour reproduction possible.

Elsewhere, the BD60 supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD, outputting them as a bitstream or uncompressed PCM from the HDMI output. The deck also offers 1080/24p output, which you’ll need a compatible TV to fully appreciate, and it also plays a healthy range of disc formats, including BD-RE, BD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/+R DL and CD-R/-RW. You can also play DivX, MP3 and JPEG files from data DVDs and CDs.

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