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Panasonic Blu-ray Disc/VHS Multimedia Player - DMP-BD70V

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #50 in Blu-ray Players

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Pros: Space-saving (two functions in one), Amazon Video, Reliable, "Smart" Player

Cons: Slow, Very Limited Apps

I know, the days of VHS tapes are officially over.. They've been over for many years now. That said, for those of us who still have shelves of VHS tapes sitting around, and for those who still enjoy picking up free or 25 cent tapes from garage sales, this Panasonic combo player is a god-send. Sure you could own separate Blu-ray and VHS players, but when you want the convenience of HDMI hookup and when your TV cabinet only has limited space for yet another box, this fulfills a definite need.

Having had the player for a few years now, I can profess that it has withstood the test of time pretty well. After originally receiving a defective unit from an ebay seller (it couldn't play VHS tapes), the replacement unit has performed flawlessly for the past 3+ years. Whether it's that old, grungy VHS tape of family memories or the latest Blu-ray title, we've never had any issues. Though it does include connectivity to the Amazon Video store, app options are relatively anemic as one would expect of a product from the first generation of "smart" players. Probably the most notable for their absence are now-ubiquitous apps such as Hulu and Netflix along with any live streaming functions. These apps can not be upgraded. Also missing is any 3D capability as this unit was produced before 3D televisions came to market.

Minuses aside, what this unit does offer is one-cable connectivity to your TV. Presently routed through a Yamaha receiver, we've previously had this unit hooked up directly to our Panasonic plasma TV. In both cases picture quality has been excellent; even VHS playback has been much better than expected. Sound quality also excels; though I'm no audiophile, the digital audio output over HDMI has never disappointed. Having now watched "Lawrence of Arabia" in VHS, DVD and Blu-ray formats on this unit, I can attest that the only limitations are the ones inherent in the media (that is to say, it's no surprise that the VHS version produces less detail than the Blu-ray version, but the difference is surprisingly small). The remote and on-screen user interface, though cluttered, are imminently useful and miles ahead of what can be found on our 2012 Yamaha receiver (Yamaha, are you listening?).

With all the recent advances in smart players such as more apps and faster boot-up times, you may wonder if this combo player will soon find its way into the recycle bin. Despite the fact that we now have a 3D-capable TV and despite the lack of apps, however, I'm thinking it's going to stay around for many more years to come. Netflix is always something I can pull up on my game console or laptop and 3D TV has never exactly blown me away, so I'm willing to compromise these features for a player that otherwise helps de-clutter my entertainment center. If you're in the same boat, or if you'd simply like the convenience of hooking up a VHS player to your TV via HDMI, than this is pretty much your only choice in a niche market of 1.
Panasonic Blu-ray Disc/VHS Multimedia Player - DMP-BD70V
Description:

Does it feel like technology is moving too fast, and your barely keeping up? Blu-ray Disc/VHS Combination Player gives you both the technology of yesterday and today, wherein you don't have to send your precious VHS cassettes to storage just yet in that the unique feature about this player compared to a regular VHS player is the fact that it provides up-conversion so it will enhance your viewing experience, like watching a remastered copy, but instead of doing the tedious task of improving video and audio quality yourself, the player does it for you. It even features an SD memory card slot and USB terminal so you don't have to unload your digital media for it to be viewed, wherein simply insert an SD memory card filled with joyous memories into your player, and let the good times begin, there is even the possibility for JPEG slideshow with music and transition effect, so not only will you dazzle your audience with you family photos, but also the innovative features of your Blu-ray Disc/VHS Combination Player. VHS Playback and 1080p HDMI Out Deep Color and x.v.Color 148.5MHz/12bit Video D/A Converter Digital Noise Reduction (3D-NR/ Integrated NR) Picture Mode (Normal, Soft, Fine, Cinema, User) Picture Adjustment (Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness, Color, Gamma Correction) Audio Features - Built-in Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTSTM-HD Decoder 192kHz/24bit Audio D/A Converter 96kHz Surround Re-master for All Formats (BD, DVD, CD and MP3) Output - HDMI AV Output Component Video Output Video Output 2ch Audio Output Digital Audio Output (1 Optical) Ethernet for BD-Live, VIERA CAST and Firmware Update Convenience Features - Compatible with VIERA CAST (YouTube, Picasa, etc) Compatible with BD-Live and BONUSVIEW VIERA Link or Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Product Line-up Movie (AVCHD, MPEG2) & JPEG View with SD Memory Card Slot Music (MP3) & Photos (JPEG) Playback on US.

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DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandPanasonic
EAN0037988983445
FeatureBlu-ray Disc/VHS combination player with SD memory card slot and USB Multi-media capability allows for convenient playback and up-conversion of content from any media storage format--VHS, DVD, CD and more 7.1-channel lossless audio decode and bit-stream output for exceptional sound VIERA Cast internet functionality for enjoying online entertainment from YouTube, Amazon VOD, and more Intelligent auto standby for more efficient power usage
Item Height3.75 inches
Item Length13 inches
Item Width17 inches
LabelPanasonic
ManufacturerPanasonic
MPNDMP-BD70V
Package Height9.2 inches
Package Length21 inches
Package Weight15.45 pounds
Package Width17.3 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberDMP-BD70V
ProductGroupHome Theater
ProductTypeNameDVD_PLAYER_OR_RECORDER
PublisherPanasonic
SKUDHDMPBD70VK
StudioPanasonic
TitlePanasonic DMP-BD70V Blu-ray Disc/VHS Multimedia Player
UPC037988983445
UPCList - UPCListElement037988983445
Item Weight5.7 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementDMP-BD70V DMP-BD70VP-K
IsAutographed0
IsMemorabilia0
ModelDMP-BD70V
ColorBlack
Warranty1 Year Parts and Labor
LegalDisclaimerThis player runs in excellent condition. Refunds are not accepted. All items are shipped via delivery confirmation and are shipped carefully. Please note standard shipping will only be accepted for this order. I have a well established user rating, you can buy with confidence! I am sorry but this item will cannot be shipped expedited. Only standard shipping available. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/abis-ui/buttons/calendar.gif
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