Panasonic DMP-BD75 review

Not quite the best in class, but still an impressive player nonetheless Tested at £100

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Our Verdict

It seems churlish to find fault with a £100 player, but you can do (a bit) better

For

  • Great build and spec for the cash
  • capable of engrossing pictures and emotive audio

Against

  • Sound can lack dynamism and images can be bettered

Once again, the early adopters have benefited us all. Proof, if any were needed, is here, in the shape of Panasonic’s new DMP-BD75 Blu-ray player.

True, it’s not compatible with 3D content, and it has only a minimum of connectivity.

But in other respects it’s well on the pace: as well as being compatible with the majority of video and audio discs, it’s able to play via USB 2.0 and can join to your DLNA network and play music, videos and still pictures saved on a server. All for £100.

Well-built for the money

What’s more, there’s very little about the Panasonic that smacks of a product built down to price.

Construction is sturdy, on-screen menus are comprehensive and even the remote control is grown-up and logical.

Only the fascia display, with its kindergarten combination of upper- and lower-case letters, seems a bit cheapskate.

The DMP-BD75 is gratifyingly swift to load a Blu-ray of the opinion-dividing Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and having done so delivers an acceptably exciting DTS Master Audio soundtrack experience.

Acceptable performance
The soundstage isn’t the most expansive, but it’s tightly unified and integrated – and detail levels are high.

Centre-channel information, so critical to the movie experience, is distinct and expressive, and effects are moved confidently around the stage.

Only a slight lack of dynamic clout and a rather diffident way with really low frequencies gives any causes for concern.

Picture-wise, the Panasonic is colourful and high-contrast. Motion is gripped effectively, skin-tones convince and there’s a decent amount of detail available even in very dark scenes.

Textures are persuasive too, though edges could be drawn more rigorously and the BD75’s soften rather during the most complex scenes.

So while 12 months ago a Blu-ray player of this quality, at this price, would have been met with delight mixed with incredulity, these days the Panasonic’s just fractionally off the pace.

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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 NumberDMPBD75EBK
Product NamePanasonic DMP-BD75
Product ModelDMP-BD75

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • DMP-BD75 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Remote Control
DLNA CertifiedYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD

Technical Information

FeaturesVideo Upconversion, BD Live
Media FormatsCD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, BD-RE
Number of Discs1
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Physical Characteristics

Width43 cm
Depth17.9 cm
Weight Approximate1.60 kg
Height3.5 cm
Dimensions3.5 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 17.9 cm (D)

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsDVD Video, DivX, DivX HD, AVCHD, BD Video

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year