Summary: Although many seem to have had a good experience with this player. Initially, it worked well for us, but after a few months of light use and flawless play, it all but refuses to play Blu-Ray discs. Have tried updating the firmware, cleaning discs, andeven manual cleaning, but nothing works. Have managed to get discs to play if they are spotless, but that typically requires 15+ attempts before the disc is finally recognized. Forget rentals.
Summary: I am the co-moderator of the Billy Bob Thornton on-line fan group. As such, I have nearly every early film Billy Bob appears in for even a minute or two. When I wanted to purchase a Blu-ray player in 2010 I purchased this unit for $139.99 in April of 2010 and consider it one of the best $140.00 I have ever spent for technology. The draw was having a new Blu-ray player and a new VHS player.
Summary: I think there is probably a reason these players are going for $1,400-plus as I write this -- they are hard to find and they are fantastic. Let no one tell you the VCR quality is not good. It is very good. Fuzzy old tapes I thought dead turned out to have quite a bit of mileage left on them when run through a player that cared. I have boxes of old VHS tapes that I made myself off TV and it is great to see them holding on in such fine form.
Summary: I am a professional A/V integrator and installed two of these players recently. I have since been back to that customer site many times for player related issues. The unit takes a great deal of time too boot; though this isn't completely unlike other Bluray players. Though if the long boot time wasn't enough the unit freezes quiet often requiring a physical power cycle; unplug/replug. The HDMI cable port is very close to the bottom of the player.
Summary: Purchased from Amazon, Apr 2010 Opened to install, Aug. VHS ok. DVD, oK. Blue lazer failed to function. Panasonic told me to send it to Texas under Warranty. Texas returned a DMP60 without a VHS. I contacted PanasonicThey said they would send a RMA for replacement. Later, i received a call from Panasonic. I was told that the DMP60 was a later model and even though it did not contain a VHS, Panasonic felt they have no further obligation. He told me to go buy a VHS.
Summary: We bought this for my mother, she is 94 years young. She can use this by herself! The whole family is "technically challenged" (ie. from another generation) We hooked this wonderful product up & use it, not maybe the way it should be used? We Turned on the TV & the Player, put in a DVD and "Wow" we were watching the movie! Tried The VCR it worked nearly the same. The TV is an almost new Samsung thin screen HD 1080i. The pictures were pure joy!
Summary: This is a great unit at a great price. To have a Blue Ray player is a must, so when you upgrade (if you haven't done it already) to the next TV Technology, your good to go with all the great new media that's out there now. It's backward compatible which allows you to play all your other DVD's,CD's etc. and those of you that still have a plethora of VHS tapes, like I have, this unit plays them and up scales them so you'll see a great movie.
Summary: i rec'd this in the mail & had it hooked up within a matter of minutes. i haven't played any blu-ray discs on it yet, but the discs i have looked great (as well as the videos i've played). the styling is so sleek; i was thrilled with how little space it takes up, plus i LOVE that i'm now able to control my tv & this with ONE REMOTE. that's been a goal for a while!
Summary: Bought this on a whim. I have lots of old self recorded series on VHS, such as the Original Star Trek that were broadcast by the Sci-Fi channel in the late 90,s. The upconvert on these is really impressive. On the other hand it did nothing for purchased VHS movies, and actually made some unwatchable. I am guessing that the tape's original copy protection and HDMI do not like each other.