Excerpt: (1 items) Features aren't everything. The Panasonic DMP-BD85 does all that a modern Blu-ray player should do. It plays Blu-ray discs and DVDs, and streams video over the Internet from Netflix, YouTube, and other popular sources. Stick a flash drive into it, and you can enjoy your own music, photos, and video. But disappointing image quality, combined with a difficult-to-use and ugly on-screen menu, makes the $190 estimated street price seem high.
Pros: Two USB ports, Excellent Internet video options, Access to geeky information
Cons: Unspectacular image quality, Ugly and difficult on-screen display
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?!)