Panasonic DMP-BD85 review : Wi-Fi Enabled Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Sensitive Antenna
Electronics Made Easy
2 November 2010
Summary: While Panasonic has considerably improved its Blu-Ray players, the Panasonic DMP-BD85 still has some shortfalls, such as the smaller, less-ergonomic remote and lack of DNLA compatibility. Overall, this device exemplifies advances in Blu-Ray technology, offering features such as Bonus View, audiophile Digital Tube Sound simulation, HDMI jitter purifier, VIERA Cast, and more.
Pros: Advanced- PHL Reference Chroma Processor, Jitter Purifier, and Tube Sound Simulator, Streamlined- includes improved VIERA Link and VIERA Cast features, Versatile- compatible with USB 2.0 and SD multimedia card devices, Connected- features integrated wireless and Ethernet
Cons: Improvable- poorer remote ergonomics than competing players
Conclusion: Although I spent a lot of time describing the operational idiosyncrasies of the player, these are relatively easy to get used to over time. Casual users will not need to access the set-up menus often (if at all) and so will most likely never notice many of these issues. The video and audio performance of the player are strong and more than make up for any ergonomic challenges.
Pros: Finding this speaker configuration menu should be much more straightforward, Speaker delays should be adjustable in feet or meters (instead of microseconds). As it is, you will need to refer to a conversion table in the manual to convert distances into delay times., The subwoofer channel should have a test tone like all the other speakers, Adjustments to speaker levels should be reflected in real time so you can hear (and measure) the effects of your changes, The "Co...
Cons: Awkward user interface, Aspect ratio issues with AVI and YouTube playback, Some glitches with Xvid-encoded AVI file playback, Remote lacks some basic functions (subtitle, set-up), No DLNA or home network media sharing feature, STILL no on-board storage or SD card in the box for BD-Live (Really, Panasonic?!)
Excerpt: Panasonic is a superstar of the Blu-ray world. Year after year, its new players are greeted with the sort of unbridled enthusiasm usually reserved for Tom Cruise's red carpet walkabouts in Leicester Square. The reason for its techno-celebrity is simple: innovation. Profile 1.1, BD-Live, Blu-ray recording – you name it, Panasonic did it first, and over the years no-one has done more to push the format forward.
Pros: Wi-Fi support and networking, Overall picture and sound performance
Cons: Sluggish in places, Wi-Fi not built in, Picture and music streaming only
Excerpt: It comes with a cavalcade of fancy features, including 7.1-channel surround sound, advanced 1080p upscaling, an SD/SDHC memory card slot, two USB ports, wireless networking, gold-plated analogue audio outputs and Picasa/YouTube browsing. Video quality was excellent on the Panasonic DMP-BD85, but its user interface and BD load times left a lot to be desired. Despite these flaws, it remains an impressive unit, especially for audiophiles.
Excerpt: If you thought the cheaper 'BD65 was a little light on the feature front, you can consider the 'BD85 to be Panasonic 's full-fat budget Blu-ray player. There's a whole raft of features and technologies that the company has reserved for this deck. Extra functionality includes DLNA compatibility and a set of multichannel analogue outputs (useful if your home cinema amplifier is missing HDMI inputs).
Pros: Colourful, clear image, full of detail, full-bodied, driven sound, good feature set
Summary: If you thought the cheaper BD65 was a little light on the feature front, you can consider the DMP-BD85 to be Panasonic’s full-fat budget Blu-ray player. There’s a whole raft of features and technologies that the company has reserved for this deck. Extra functionality includes DLNA compatibility and a set of multichannel analogue outputs – useful if your home cinema amplifier is missing HDMI inputs.
Summary: Wenn es um Wiedergabequalität rund um silberne und blaue Scheiben geht, ist Panasonic traditionell ganz vorne mit dabei. Der DMP-BD85 macht da keine Ausnahme und bringt außerdem noch eine umfangreiche Ausstattung mit.