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Incredible Disc Playback Quality- Viera Environment Capable
on February 5, 2013
If you just want a disk player you could do worse. For HD-1080p streaming,(Netflix)stick to Roku. Other features such as wifi-network are bargain basement quality and lack refinement and don't stream HD. Over-priced, if you paid $199 get your money back. If you own a Viera TV then the remote will work with this player. Several features such as power on/off are combine. What I found really useful is when you insert a disk it powers up the player and TV simultaneously and automatically displays the bluray/CD menu. Pretty cool.
Discs- This unit has significantly better than average playback quality. Images are rendered with incredible clarity. Depth of black almost look painted. Zero- dropped frames, skipping. Panasonic has disc playback wired. Colors are so brilliant and sharp. CDs sound great powerful with impressive headroom, presence and dynamic range. I thought Pandora sounded clean but after listening to this player I am returning to listening to CDs. As a disc player this cannot be beat.
HD Streaming- It doesn't. Mom's 2003 Samsung wifi/disc player which has never had a firmware update looks better. While disk playback is top notch, streaming quality is terrible. Like observing old 480p analog broadcast signal, grainy, harsh, images rendered lack definition. In spite of my fiddling with this units color pre-sets, aspect ratio image never improved. I tried everything from Warm-Cinema, individual brightness and contrast settings. Maybe in time I will find a happy medium. Until then I am sticking with the Roku. So if your'e into the vintage thing you got it. If you want quality Netflix or 1080p HD streaming get a Roku set top box.
DLNA- Handy but not functional. Sure you can connect with your Windows7 machine but content is limited. Video? WMV is all it will play, doesn't recognize .AVI. Which many of my "videos" are ;)Photos fared better. All Jpegs displayed in 4:3. Strangely my 1080p Home "Movies" appear to be quite sharp and HD appearing. Is it HD>?
Remote- Valiant but in the end the "brush stroke" movement is like fishing marbles from a fish tank with chopstix. Fast forwarding a disk will aggravate your hemroids. There is no replacement for tactile response. A touch pad revived from a discarded Toshiba Satellite notebook provides none.