- Brand Name: Panasonic
- Model Number: DMP-BD60
- Color: Black
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year Parts and Labor
Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)
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- BD-Live enabled
- Film makers version with PHL Chip for accurate color
- SD Card Slot and USB slot
- Viera Cast connecting you with YouTube, Picasa, Weather
- 1080P Upconvert
- Viera Cast connecting you with YouTube, Picasa, Weather.
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BD Live and BonusView so you can connect directly to the Internet to access bonus features, games and movie studio extras.
SD memory card and USB slot so you can enjoy precious memories in HD
Experience Movies Like Never Before
The DMP-BD60 employs the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus. Developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, this high image processing technology reproduces clear, vivid colors that are faithful to the original film. Recognizing that audio is important to the overall entertainment experience, this Blu-ray Disc player features a high definition audio decoder (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential) to take advantage of the exceptionally high quality 7.1 channel surround sound now integrated in Blu-ray Discs.
Experience Movies Like Never Before
The DMP-BD60 includes an SD Memory card slot and USB slot, making it easy for the consumer to view and share both digital still images and HD video recorded with an HD camcorder in the AVCHD format.
In order to produce the ultimate picture quality, the Panasonic’s DMP-BD60 Blu-ray players employs high precision 4:4:4 signal technology, which working in tandem with PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus processes each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc video signal in the horizontal direction, to compliment vertical direction processing. P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD) is another technology that contributes to the superior picture quality of the Blu-ray players. P4HD processes more than 15 billion pixels per second and applies the optimal processing to every pixel.
Panasonic’s Blu-ray players further utilize 16-level motion detection to categorize the image motion of each pixel into one of 16 levels; diagonal processing to detect diagonals and correct the pixels accordingly; 1080p up-conversion to up-convert content recorded in the 480i/p or 720p format to 1080p. The Blu-ray players also provide 1080/24p output, thereby reproducing cinema images from a Blu-ray Disc and DVD in their original 24p form with no need for conversion. This allows the user to enjoy cinema images in the same format used in cinema with a 1080/24p compatible TV.
Complimenting the HD audio codecs this Blu-ray player features 96kHz surround re-master, a function that enhances the sound quality of CDs and other sources, and even improves the quality of the multi-channel audio data on Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.
ENERGY STAR Rated
In order to obtain a reduction in power consumption the Panasonic DMP-BD60 uses Auto Power Stand-By, a function that automatically turns off the player when you return to TV operation using the VIERA Link menu. In addition, the Stand-by Power Save automatically turns off the player’s Quick Start function. When VIERA is turned on, Quick Start also turns on. In addition, the development of the UniPhier single chip LSI makes it possible to pack an entire video signal processing circuit onto a single chip. This helps lower power consumption, reduces the number of parts needed and allows for a more compact design. In fact, the DMP-BD60 consumes 16% less power in standby mode than last year’s model, the DMP-BD35.
What's in the box
Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Disc Player, remote control, instruction manual
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Top Customer Reviews
But there are still a few drawbacks with the BD60 that keep it from getting 5 stars:
* Speed: the BD60 is not quite as fast to load discs as the Samsung BD-P3600 or the LG BD300, though it is faster than last year's Samsung models. (12/03/09 update - this is about 20% faster with the 2.0 firmware and above)
* Limited online content: YouTube on a Blu-ray player is cool, but it doesn't compare to Netflix online streaming in terms of quality and selection of content (Netflix is available on LG and Samsung players). Amazon's On-Demand streaming service has been announced for VIERA Cast but is not yet available (update: it is available now).Read more ›
Panasonic recently released firmware revision 2.2. This firmware appears to have resolved the issue that I explain below. If it's not fully resolved, it at least reduces the number of occurrences very significantly. I would urge everybody who purchases this player to update their firmware to the latest revision to prevent potential freezing problems. Although I believe the issues I had were resolved, I am keeping the review at 2 stars. Right now, I believe the player (with the latest firmware) deserves at least 4 stars, and possibly 5. Hopefully, people who are less technically savvy will read this "negative" review, and then make sure that they are running with firmware 2.2 or higher if they decide to purchase this unit. Please read the player's manual to see how to do this.
My original review is below:
I purchased one of these from Amazon, but was experiencing random freezing in Blu-ray discs. The disc would simply stop playing for approximately 10 seconds, and then resume as if there was no problem. I tried to replay over spots where I encountered the freeze, but was never able to duplicate it. After my 4th movie that froze, I returned the unit to Amazon and got a replacement. Even the replacement unit had this problem, so I shipped that one back too. [...]. So far, Panasonic has not issued any kind of statement or even acknowledged that this is a problem. I would recommend people look elsewhere for their player. I am highly disappointed, because this player had the potential to be a great, yet affordable, unit.
A quick summary of the facts on this problem:
1. The freezes are random. They don't occur in the same place in a movie.Read more ›
I have not experienced the freezing issues that some describe here, but I think that's due to how I use the player more than anything else. (I watch a disc or two at a time, then power the unit off between uses - for a technical explanation of why this apparently sidesteps the problem, see the next paragraph.) In any case, I've read online recently that Panasonic has finally figured out the cause of the freezing issue and is now working on a firmware update to fix it.
(For you techies out there, here's a bit more detailed explanation of the freezing issue, based on what I've gleaned online: Blu ray discs make heavy use of Java, and the BD60 apparently has "garbage collection issues" that cause the freezing. Powering the unit off periodically clears out what's in memory, minimizing the likelihood of another freeze-up. Since I tend to watch one or two Blu-Ray discs at a time and then shut the unit off for between uses, I haven't experienced any freezes.)
The only other quirk I can report is that while the unit does support 24fps playback on DVDs, you have to switch it on manually every time. Kind of a pain, but only a pain if you're a video purist.
That's it. No other issues. Sorry for the boring review, but this player just does everything that it's supposed to without complaints. I consider it one of the best A/V investments I've made in a long time, and would recommend it to others without hesitation.
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