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Nice Player Great for DVD and Blu-Ray Disks

A Review On: Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

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Pros: Slim, inexpensive and reliable

Cons: Ethernet only no wifi, poor streaming and other built in apps

I bought this player from Amazon several years ago when the cost of a moderately priced Blu-Ray player got below about $150. I did some research and I chose this model over the Panasonic BD80 because I didn't need analog outputs.

I connect the player to my Hitachi 55 inch LED panel via a single HDMI connection. With my previous television I had to connect through a Monoprice switch and sometimes this would cause problems if each item wasn't turned on in exactly the right order. Handshaking problems would cause a green picture if it didn't happen correctly. Without the switch the player works perfectly in this department.

The player looks sleek with its all black appearance and mostly hidden controls. My player is out of view in a closet so this doesn't matter but it would tend to blend in and look ok in most settings. It doesn't have a lot of bright lights or anything so the player is not distracting.

The on screen setup and menus work fine and are mostly sensibly laid out and easy to navigate.

Out of the box the player worked well on DVD disks but seemed to be very picky about the quality of the Blu-Ray disks. Some disks from Netflix would play well while others would not play at all with skipping, pausing and other artifacts. Going from cold to playing a fresh disk seemed to be almost painfully slow when compared to a DVD player but once it was going it was fast enough on menus etc.

After I had the player for a few weeks I updated the firmware which fixed a lot of the faults. Disk playback because quite a bit less picky and boot times also seemed to improve. Since that time I've updated the firmware several times and the player has improved greatly.

The player has some Vierra Cast built in apps for photos, streaming programming etc. Most of this is very weak. Amazon Prime playback is ok but there is no Netflix. This is not a serious drawback to me because I have a Roku box for that sort of stuff but it could be a deal killer for some people.

Streaming and BD live happen via a wired Ethernet connection only there is no wireless on this model. Having the connection does make updating the firmware very easy.

The included remote is ok but I control the unit using a Logitech Harmony One.

Booting up is still a little slow but overall I'm pleased with the player it does it's job silently and without major problems. While Blu-Ray players have improved a lot in the time since I bought this one I'll probably stick with the BD60 until it gives up the ghost before getting something new. I don't watch a tremendous amount of HD content from Blu-Ray but when I do I always find the picture quality to be striking when compared to other sources.


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