Summary: The Panasonic DMP-BD60 offers excellent image quality and reliable Blu-ray playback, but it doesn't have as many features as the competition.
Pros: Excellent image quality with Blu-ray movies; Profile 2.0-compliant; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential; access to YouTube and Picasa; Amazon On Demand streaming coming in May.
Cons: Competitors offer more next-generation features like built-in Wi-Fi, Netflix streaming, and onboard memory; operational speed slow compared with newest players.
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.
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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: 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.
Summary: Ever since the DMP-BD60 was launched at CES 2009, we’ve been bugging Panasonic for a review sample. After four months it’s finally arrived – so how does its newest Blu-ray player stack up? Big boots to fill The ‘BD60 has a lot to live up to as its predecessor, the ‘BD35, was a top-notch Blu-ray spinner. From the outside, there don’t appear to be many drastic design changes.