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: 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: 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.
Summary: This player combines the best of both worlds. It's a blu-ray player so you get the best picture possible. It will also play my old collection of VHS tapes with a better picture than any VHS player I've ever owned.
Summary: I like panasonic products, and still have two of their older top of the line VCR and DVD changers that I still use and were able to use in this comparison. So by feature set: Blu ray - blu ray disks loaded and displayed at least as fast as on my PS3. I hooked the BD70 up to a 32 in samsung TOC monitor which I use for video work.
Summary: I bought this unit during one of the special day deals and it was a fantastic deal. I'm so happy with this dvd/vhs Blu-Ray player. I'm absolutely NOT technically gifted, but I was able to easily hook it up and get it working very quickly. I also bought an HDMI cable to hook it up to my LCD TV (around $3 here on Amazon) and I am thrilled with my new "home movie theatre quality". The sound and the picture are absolutely amazing! Worth every penny and more.
Summary: Everything seems to be combining in the techno world. Cell phones are like digital Swiss Army knives, replacing watches, home phones, and even computers. Now we have a Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, and Internet Media all-in-one solution. Sure you might not watch VHS tapes anymore but you probably still own a few. Instead of having a bunch of different players piling up, all you need is one. It's about the same size as a regular DVD player, maybe slightly wider.
Summary: I previously had an old DVD player and VHS player connected to my new Sony Bravia TV. The DVD's I had were watchable on the new tv, but nowhere near HD quality. Well, they are now! This is so nice to just have one cable (be sure to buy an HDMI cable or the upconversion of DVD's will not work), one remote, and one player on my shelf. My old VHS tapes play ok, but I did not notice any drastic improvement in their quality. They will NOT look like HD tv.
Summary: I was moved to purchase this item because it was available on a one-day-special at a great price. I had already researched it and liked the reviews. I replaced an aging VHS recorder and a very slow Philips DVD player. Hooking up the unit was a breeze. One HDMI cable to the flat screen and a pair of audio cables to the audio receiver. Setting it up was a little more complex but not too bad. The manual is the typical intimidating 52 page monster.