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
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.