Panasonic is not just about high-end displays this year but also adds a few new Blu-Ray players to its slew of home theater products for 2012.
The company showcased its Blu-Ray player line-up back in January at the CES and some of these new models have recently become available for purchase.
Of course, the flagship WT50 LED and VT50 Plasma TV models were the point of attraction at the show in Las Vegas, but if you want a device that complements one of these two high-end displays, you can’t go wrong with one of the four 3D Blu-Ray player models brought forward this year by Panasonic.
Panasonic has six new Blu-Ray players, four coming with 3D capabilities and Smart features, while the lower-end models feature only 2D content playback but still keep the Smart features.
The four new 3D Blu-Ray player models all come with Panasonic’s newly enhanced VIERA Connect IPTV platform, offering Internet connectivity and access to popular Internet Streaming content services such as HULU, Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow or YouTube. If you opt for a 2D Blu-Ray player model, you’ll still get access to these streaming services through the IP VOD1 service.
The 3D Blu-Ray player models coming in 2012 from Panasonic are the BBT01, BDT500, BDT320 and BDT220 and none of them lack top-of-the-line technology and high-end features.
If you end up choosing one of these four Blu-Ray players, you’ll get an improved UniPhier chip processor, VIERA Connect platform, 24p output for VOD, FLAC compatibility and 192Hz/32bit Audio DAC.
Further more, you’ll be able to convert your old 2D collection to 3D with the 2D-to-3D upconversion feature and smartphone control capability by installing a free app coming for both iOS and Android.
Panasonic DMP-BBT01 3D Blu-Ray Player
These new 3D Blu-Ray players come in an impressive slim design and as a novelty you’ll be able to find a slot-in drive with the BBT01 and BDT320 models without using a conventional tray system. The BBT01 throws even more into the equation and introduces a new design concept with greatly reduced size that can be placed either horizontally or vertically.
- 3D capabilities
- UniPhier chip processor
- VIERA Connect IPTV platform
- 24p output for VOD
- 2D-to-3D conversion
|Panasonic DMP-BBT01 3D Blu-Ray Player||$270||n/a||May 2012|
Panasonic DMP-BDT500 3D Blu-Ray Player
Next in line is the BDT500 Blu-Ray player coming with many of the features mentioned above. There's the UniPhier chip processor and enhanced VIERA Connect funtionality coming with this one as well as well as FLAC and 192Hz/32bit Audio DAC for superior audio quality.
Taking care of the audio experience, you’ll find that the BDT500 also comes with 7.1 channels output and high-end audio parts (gold-plated terminals, high grade electric capacitor and insulator) in order to provide the best audio quality.
- UniPhier Chip Processor
- enhanced VIERA Connect Platform
- 192Hz/32bit Audio DAC
- Smartphone remote
The Panasonic DMP-BDT500 3D Blu-Ray player will become available in May for $349.
|Panasonic DMP-BDT500 3D Blu-Ray Player||$349.99||n/a||May 2012|
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-Ray Player
Digging further, we can find the DMP-BDT320 Blu-Ray player model. The BDT320 keeps most of the great features coming with the first two Blu-Ray players in the company’s line-up, providing the highest-quality image and sound experience in a sleek and elegant design.
There’s a Smart Eco Sensor coming with the BDT320, that makes this one an Eco-friendly device and enables low energy consumption. The BDT320 also features the UniPhier Chip processor, 24p output for VOD and Adaptive Chroma Processing for the highest quality video playback.
Users will be able to enjoy the enhanced VIERA Connect platform, compatibility with FLAC for high quality audio and you’ll be able to remote control this one using your smartphone by installing a free app.
You’ll be able to access and watch the most popular Internet Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon VOD, HULU Plus, CinemaNow, Vudu and Pandora or share content with other DLNA-enabled devices you may own.
The networking features are also present with the BDT320 and users will be able to share content on Facebook or Twitter and even make use of the new Skype function and videochat with friends and family in front of their TV.
The BDT320 3D Blu-Ray player is available right now for $179.99.
|Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-Ray Player||$179.99|
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 3D Blu-Ray Player
The Panasonic BDT220 is the last model in the company's 3D-enabled Blu-Ray player line for 2012. This one keeps the UniPhier chip, 24p VOD output, smartphone remote control, 2D-to-3D conversion, DLNA compatibility and the enhanced VIERA connect platform. Users can convert the 2D Internet streaming content to 3D using the Viera Connect and 2D-to-3D upconversion feature.
The BDT220 lacks the low-power consumption through the Smart Eco Sensor, the 7.1 channel compatibility and the Touch Pad Remote control available in the higher-end models but you’ll still get a high-quality Blu-Ray player with 3D capabilities nonetheless.
|Panasonic DMP-BDT220 3D Blu-Ray Player||$134.99|
Panasonic DMP-BD87 Blu-Ray Player
Panaosnic still has two non-3D Blu-Ray players for users who want a quality Blu-Ray player in 2012. The first one is the DMP-BD87, a ultra-fast booting Full HD Blu-Ray player that takes only seconds to load and playback a Blu-Ray disc.
You will still have access to Internet Streaming Services such as Netflix, CinemaNow and VUDU with the IP VOD feature and share content among other DLNA-enabled devices you may own.
Users will still be able to remote control their BD87 Blu-Ray player using their smartphone and playback content from external hard drives.
The Panasonic DMP-BD87 Blu-Ray player is available for purchase right now for $109.99.
|Panasonic DMP-BD87 Blu-Ray Player||$109.99|
Panasonic DMP-BD77 Blu-Ray Player
The DMP-BD77 Ultra-Fast booting Blu-Ray player keeps all the features of the BD87, however loses the built-in WiFi and instead requires a separate WiFi adapter to connect to the Internet.
You’ll get fast booting and loading, DLNA-compatibility, Dolby True HD, DTS Master Audio Essential and FLAC compatibility as well as external HDD playback of your content.
The Panasonic DMP-BD77 Ultra-Fast Booting Blu-Ray player is available right now for $89.99.
|Panasonic DMP-BD77 Blu-Ray Player||$89.99|
This is Panasonic's 2012 Blu-Ray player line-up and most of it is already available for purchase with the high-end models coming in May.
- CES 2011: Panasonic DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110 and DMP-BD75 Blu-Ray Players introduced
- Panasonic DMP-B200 Portable Blu-Ray Player
- Panasonic DMP-BDT110 3D Blu-Ray Player Review
- Panasonic Viera Cast Blu-Ray Players now support Vudu
- Sherwood BDS-876 3D Blu-Ray Player announced