Conclusion: Put simply, this is an excellent Blu-ray player. Picture and sound both impress - even for DVD playback. We're more than happy to overlook the two small weaknesses - slight edge flicker in HD documentaries and a forgetfulness for "Film" mode - especially on account of the numerous multimedia capabilities, low power-consumption, and moderate price.
Pros: Comprehensive multimedia functionality., Superb 24p movie picture., Excellent DVD playback., Seven picture controls., Also decodes digital 7.1-channel audio.
Cons: Audible disc drive and fans., No analog multichannel output., Forgets "Film" mode for DVDs.
Conclusion: When you bear in mind that a Blu-Ray player with this much performance quality, and packed with as many features as the BD60 would not long ago have cost upwards of £500, it might make you consider that it’s time to jump on the Blu-Ray bandwagon. At around £150-160, this is only marginally more expensive than a slightly-better-than average DVD player, so could well be one of THE bargains to get on before Christmas.
Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This product has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can still read our original review, but TopTenREVIEWS is no longer updating the information for this product. Check out our Blu-Ray Players review for more up-to-date information.
Excerpt: (1 items) Panasonic DMP-BD60KPanasonic’s DMP-BD60K sits near the top of its class of Blu-ray players. Its terrific design, plethora of features, and stellar image quality enable it to fend off challenges from newer top-notch contenders. In our tests, the DMP-BD60K deftly handled every type of content we threw at it well, from bright colors in Pixar animations to subtle shades of gray in black-and-white cinematography.
Excerpt: It seems like just yesterday that I reviewed the DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 players (HT, December 2008). But Panasonic spared little time getting its replacements out into the market. This was almost a blink, and you’ll miss the window for the DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55. Panasonic just introduced the DMP-BD60 and DMP-BD80, which are nearly identical to the models they’re replacing.
Excerpt: This is the model that replaces the Panasonic DMP-BD35 , the recipient of a Best Buy Award last year. ''Simply sensational' was how we referred to it just a few months ago, which may make the sight of four, not five, stars rather hard to swallow – not least if you've already bought one. We don't expect this to go unnoticed so we're happy to meet the issue head-on.
Pros: Simple to use and all the key specifications, good attention to detail, natural colours, crisp edges, plenty of sonic excitement
Cons: Rivals have stepped up performance, particularly in terms of sound
Excerpt: To satisfy those put-off from buying into Blu-ray due to region coding, internet-based disc importer MovieTyme is offering the Panasonic DMP-BD60 as a 'hacked' version which will play Blu-ray and DVD discs from Regions 1, 2 and 3.