Panasonic DMP-BD45 review

While this Panasonic does much right, there's no denying that spending a tiny bit more will get you more bang for your hard-earned buck Tested at £150.00

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Our Verdict

Spend a little bit more and you can get a much more talented machine

For

  • Fine build and looks
  • rich colours
  • good detail and edge definition

Against

  • Picture lacks subtlety of the best
  • sounds insubstantial

Not everyone who fancies taking the Blu-ray plunge is concerned about wi-fi connectivity, internet widgets or media streaming.

If it's a no-frills Blu-ray player that they're after, Panasonic is only too happy to oblige.

The 'BD45 is the cheapest player in Panasonic's range but from a design and build quality point of view, there's little to distinguish it from the more expensive players in the range.

It's a similar case with the remote control, but this isn't a bad thing: Panasonic's chunky, button arrangement makes for an intuitive wand.

A no-frills machine
Being a no-frills machine, the most glamorous connections you'll find here are an HDMI output, a USB socket and SD memory card inputs.

Though it's speedy at boot-up, we think the 'BD45 is sluggish when it comes to loading Blu-ray discs. Saving Private Ryan takes over 40 seconds longer to load than it does on rival, entry-level machines such as the Sony BDP-S370 and Samsung BD-C6500.

Spin the Blu-ray of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and there's a well-defined image.

Blacks are rich and solid – the player does a good job presenting the textures and details on Arnie's bike outfit. Colours are rich and vivid, but lack the level of subtlety shown by the top decks at this money.

Sounds unconvincing
Sonically, there's an even bigger difference between the Panasonic and its key rivals. As the T-1000 and Arnie do battle in the galleria, gunshots sound insubstantial and there's a lack of solidity to the sound.

The 'BD45 may be billed as an uncomplicated entry-level machine, but it isn't much cheaper than class-leaders such as the Sony BDP-S370.

And, given that the Sony machine outperforms the 'BD45, why would you opt for the Panasonic?

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberDMP-BD45
Product NamePanasonic DMP-BD45
Product ModelDMP-BD45

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • DMP-BD45 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, CD-DA
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital, DTS

Technical Information

FeaturesBonus View
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes

Physical Characteristics

Width43 cm
Depth20.7 cm
Weight Approximate1.90 kg
Height4.9 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions4.9 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 20.7 cm (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX, DivX HD, MPEG-2

Memory

Memory Card SupportedSD

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year