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Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player

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Pros: Absolutely stunning 24p play back. Networked Apps are flawless (wired). Very customizable. Unbelievable DLNA capability. Ability to skip the unskippables in a DVD. Overall professional onscreen GUI. Audio Quality is surprisingly very good. Upscaling as a customizable, menu driven item. Very Apple-esque.

Cons: Wish it linked to Non-Windows NAS better. Needs longer passwords for Networked Drives.

After years of searching and finally buying the pieces of my home entertainment system, I was missing the DVD player. I thought that this would be a difficult choice, but found that the reviews for this device were excellent from a few trusted sources, including the AVS forum. Only a few on Amazon exclaimed that an OTA update had "messed up the Wifi and Netflix." Apparently Panasonic listened and corrected it, mentioning it in their updates. - 1.53.

First Glance

Upon first purchasing the device, I was somewhat surprised in regards to the slightly slower start up times than I was used to. I soon noted that the start up GUI was exactly the same as the Panasonic VT50 television set. And I mean "exactly the same." So much so that I was actually confused at first and thought that I had brought up the televisions' menu. Once you select the menu choices however, you are confronted by a delightful smorgasbord of tweaks and personalization choices that would make any geek envious. From sound quality, clarity and translation to video upscaling and the holy grail of 24 p playback and 3D renditions one could spend hours tweaking the device.

DVD PLAYBACK

So what did a DVD look like? I put in an old DVD "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to test the waters and was surprised again by the slight delay at the start up (more on that later). But once the movie started and the wonderful Paramount Mountains showed up, I was floored by the quality. No flickering. No bleeding colors or pixelations. The sound quality was excellent in 5.1 . Naturally, running this into the SC-67 didn't hurt things either. I was very happy.

But that was nothing compared to my 3-D experience. I purchased a copy of IMAX Hubble and IMAX Space Station and was stunned at the incredible view. I actually felt as though I was in the Space Station. There is a scene in one of the movies where a rocket takes off and debris is scattered breaking a glass window from which the viewer is seeing. My family swore that the rumble of the rocket taking off broke the TV screen. It was that realistic. There was again no stuttering at all on playback. Additionally, if you want greater 3-D depth this is also adjustable and adds to the realism.

24P

The signature note on this player is of course its flawless playback of 24p Blu-Ray videos. For this, there are no slow loading times. It is fast and reactive and there is never a glitch in the playback. If the color quality was excellent on the DVD and better than excellent for the Blu-Ray DVD's, I cannot find words to describe what it is like in 24p. In Denzel Washington's Safehouse, there are views of South Africa that are absolutely breath taking. The "jiggly camera" technique is actually more intense and meaningful in 24p than in standard movie mode. I actually played back some parts in 24p and in standard Blu-Ray and it was obvious that 24p made it feel as if I was sitting in the Movie Theater or more impressively actually there. It was immersive.

So video playback is excellent on regular DVD's and Blu-Ray, so what about the sound? Not surprisingly, the audio matched the quality of the video. Additionally, there are tweaks that can be made in the menu to bring up the sound a little more (ie. Conversation etc). Surprisingly a lot of tweaks can be made on the fly without stopping the movie.

Music, DLNA and Networks


For Music CD's I can truly say that I have moved on from CD's to FLAC and AIFF and the DMP-BDT220 plays these files without a hiccup. Could I use this as a stand alone CD player? I probably could, but CD's are not really my forte any more and so this may actually have to do as a stand alone. But the gist of this is that you can play your audio, lectures or music from a NAS drive or DLNA compatible device. You can also stream it from other sources.

This will always bring up the aficionados dilemma? Are you buying a DVD player or some gadget that just happens to play DVD's? I am happy to say that the DMP-BDT220 is a DVD Player first and a Media extender second. And no, I did not state that incorrectly because buried in the menu somewhere is a way to turn this thing into a video server. DLNA I would presume, but it shows up on my Windows machine and I would presume that a USB drive could be added to it ?

The Network capabilities are truly amazing and I think that I can say that I was insanely surprised by what this thing could do. It can read from a NAS drive, access a DLNA server and without a set up automatically play any shared files from a DLNA attached server that is on the same network. There is no set up for the DLNA, but you do need to go through the headache of setting the device to read from SAMBA protocols. I do not believe that AFP is supported. The playback, as with everything else on this device is again non jitter. It buffers a good 5 minutes of video before playing (in about 10 seconds) and I have had no problems with the playback.


Networked Apps


The Networked apps are also impressive. I have used Netflix and Amazon Player and was greatly impressed by the picture quality emanating from both services. Amazon had a little lag time and buffered once during a 2 hour movie on a wired network, but it was streaming in HD with a lot of other gadgets on the network. Other than the one buffer (ever!!!), the video quality on the HD playback from both services was excellent. Netflix's House of Cards has amazing audio which matches its exceptional HD video quality. I was surprised to see no pixelations or washed out blacks during this show. A lot of times on the TV as opposed to the iPad, I would get a little disappointed by the video quality of the streams, especially the deep black colors which would appear washed out . This did not appear to happen with the DMP-BDT220. And I am not completely certain that this is a 720p (AppleTV version 2) vs 1080p (DMP-BDT220) issue since I had similar issues with the Xbox (1080p). It is my opinion that the DMP-BDT220 just renders these videos better. Again, there is upscaling involved (according to the literature) on the streams and any USB or uploaded videos and these can be tweaked again in the menu. I am not certain whether this is going on during some of the playbacks or if there is additional processing going on at the Receiver level (SC-67) but back to back playback through the same receiver seems to find the DMP-BDT220 displaying better video quality than anything else that I own for streaming playback.


Overall Impressions and minor annoyances


About the only thing that I could find to complain about was that the NAS drive and server sign in screen apparently settle for relatively weak WPA2 passwords. I usually use nothing short of 30 mixed characters but the DMP-BDT220 would not allow anything past about 15 characters. I changed the password for the sake of testing, but felt naked and decided that it wasn't worth leaving myself vulnerable so erased the share from the DMP-BDT220.
Additionally, I was not crazy about the remote control. Since I use a Universal Remote I haven't had to worry about the remote control which looks like something from NASA.

The feel of the device was also somewhat surprising. It feels a little plastic, but looks gorgeous when looking head on. There is a certain minimalism in the design and there are no bawdy characters or flashing lights everywhere. It is almost non assuming in the dark recesses of the entertainment cabinet. My attachments are HDMI out and a Wired Ethernet connection running into a gigabit switch. For myself, I control the device with a universal remote and at times an iPhone app. Both work flawlessly. On the question of Wireless vs Wired Ethernet? I am firmly on the side of Wired! There is so little latency noted with all of my devices with a Wired network that I refuse to go Wireless.

The network capabilities unfortunately does include a call home upon turning on the device. This is noted by the call to update the device upon turning it on if a new update is available. OTA updates are easy and are not cumbersome. The last update 1.53 introduced the ability to skip over previews and other things that take up the first 15 minutes of a DVD. It also introduced Region Free DVD and PAL workarounds accessible from the Remote (This regional issue needs to be verified (AVSNoobie)). cool.gif


Wrap Up

So, there you have it. A relatively inexpensive player that when attached to a relatively decent home system can provide a value based entry into the Blu-Ray space. Equipped with additional Network features, I give this device 5 stars. I am certain that there are probably better devices on the market. Some with load times that are much faster than the DMP-BDT220, but for the price, I do not think that this is a bad device. My overall thought on the difference in load times is that I think that there is probable upscaling going on before the device plays back a regular DVD, while very little in the way of processing is needed for its natural ability to play back Blu-Ray videos. I am especially surprised at the way in which it plays back 24p videos without hesitation. Start up times for the latter two are comparable with what I am used to.

Until I find a few flaws, I give this 5 stars for now based on price and features.


Noobie.

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Pros: Great price value, fast boot up, low power consumption, built-in WiFi adapter, light weight & no-frills design, easy to setup,

Cons: No universal TV remote function

The only non-Panasonic BD player I had, was the LG BH200, because it played HD DVD and BD. After that, I purchased stand alone players for each format. Going by CNET's reviews I got the DMP-BD35 first. Fast forward to now, I have the DMP-BDT220 and as from prior Panny BD players, it has yet to disappoint! I got it on Black Friday and paid $100 for it.

3D and regular BD performance are top-notch, as usual. It gets more interesting with the non-3D to 3D conversion if you have a 3D TV. Not as good as native 3D encoded discs, but it does good job converting, and also have 3D depth adjustable settings. The player handles all audio and video codecs with ease. BD load times are dependent on how BD-Java heavy the disc is. But non-the-less, I've had no problems playing any movie.

In regards to streaming, the WiFi adapter is adequate for the job. Netflex and Hulu had no problems when I moved the player to the living room.

Setup doesn't take too long if you follow the menu. Granted, they could've simplified the menu GUI, it's a small learning curve, but you'll be up and running in less than 20 minutes, even if you're not tech savvy. The player hooks up most TVs and AVRs via HDMI, component, or composite cables. Out of the box, composite cables are included, but won't benefit anyone unless you're using a CRT. Connecting to my AVR was a breeze as I only use HDMI for all of my gaming systems, cable box, HD DVD and BD player.

Performance-wise, this player delivers on picture performance and audio bit-streaming. Never had a skip, jump or anything that wasn't because of the encoding quality of the content. The player has a "fast boot" option that makes the player boot up quicker, at the expense of using a little more electricity; I've never used it and don't need to. And while we're talking about power consumption, these players use very little juice, that when I had my DMP-BD65, there was low current going through the entire apartment complex and the section of the city I live in. My player and TV uses so little energy, that I was able to watch a movie without any hitches while most other people couldn't even turn on their lights!

Panasonic has turned me into a life long fan. As long as they keep producing quality BD players, I will let them take my money.

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Pros: Excellent value for the price - Paid $79.95 at Frys.

Cons: No comments - still learning how to use it for web apps

Dont be carried away by your friends saying their TV is smart. The wifi enable BR players will make your regular TV a SMART TV at a very low cost or nothing. You need a BR player any way - so buy one with a Wifi enabled and you get 2 in 1. A BR player and your TV is SMART! No need for ROKO apple TV etc.

Got this from Frys for $79.95 after christmas sale. Earlier this week (12/30/12), or still offerred at the same price. This one retails for $149.95, and most stores selling from 99.95 and above. Th eprice I paid was the lowest.
If you dont have space in the music rack - remove the DVD player and slip this one in. Plays DVD, BR, your own burned DVDs, music CD etc.

I am using this with a Samsung LED 46 inch- 120 Hz (UN46EH6000 sereies- awesome picture with over the air signals - paid $619 at Target on thanksgiving time). I had initial problems connecting the blu ray to TV, as the TV was not recognizing the BR player. I was using a cheap HDMI cable may be- changed it to a better quality and bingo - the BR player is recognized and fine.
Played BR Disc- Awesome picture- still using my Amplifier and tower speakers - will get a sound bar soon when price is right and eliminate the clutter.
Programmed to Wifi - watched a bunch of Youtube and netflix - great picture. No complaints.
trying to figure out how to program for other apps like Regular Hulu (not Plus) - The manual is written around the Viera Connect integrated with a anasonic TV.
Over all happy with the purchase. If some knows how to get other apps onthe web please post.
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
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Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray Disc players focus on smart home networking, high-quality picture and sound, ease-of-use, eco-efficiency, and sleek design. The BDT-220 is a Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player that features expanded VIERA Connect functionality, FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) compatibility, and superior sound image and quality. VIERA Connect IPTV -- More Fun Comes Via a Cloud Service Panasonic’s IPTV platform VIERA Connect, now under the Smart VIERA umbrella, has been expanded for 2012 Blu-ray products and now utilizes cloud technology to present an unlimited number of entertainment, social networking, gaming, health & fitness, sports & news sites. Learn more about the world of Smart VIERA and VIERA Connect here. Enhance your Blu-ray Experience with Popular AppsEnjoy sites such as Skype, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, You Tube, huluplus, CinemaNow, Vudu, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, My space, and Flixster. With 2012 models, you have access to a wide variety of Internet content from the comfort of your living room. Clicker - Video on Demand Cross SearchingFind your favorite movies and video content easily with one-step searching, which allows you to cross search from multiple VOD services. For ease-of-use, use the quick keyword input on VIERA Connect to help retrieve your desired content faster. Customize your screen by grouping commonly used apps and displaying them on the screen for easier use. Communicate with Family and FriendsThe social networking TV app allows you to access social network sites and communicate with your loved ones while simultaneously watching TV. Watch live sports games while upping the excitement by chatting with your friends as the game unfolds. Record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto an SD Card (min. 512MB required), while you are away. *Skype camera not included with TV purchase Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback The advanced 2D technologies of the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory have also been applied to 3D image playback, providing high quality images. 2D-3D conversion enables conversion of 2D images on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D images with natural depth perception. Screen type (flat or round) and frame color are easily selectable. Watch your favorite DVD movie collection in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment. 24p Output for VOD The BDT-220 not only plays Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, but also video-on-demand movies content in the same 24p format as used at movie theaters. Connection to a 24p capable TV via an HDMI capable lets you enjoy a wide array of content with full cinematic picture quality. This feature requires a TV that supports 24p playback.* UniPhier Chip Processor This Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player features UniPhier single chip signal processing that eliminates unnecessary wiring, resulting in reducing noise on the picture and sound signal to the absolute minimum. The DVD Super Resolution Processor helps produce natural pictures with no false contours, higher resolution for details, and a reduction in noise. Connectivity The entire 2012 line features DLNA for easy connection to other DLNA equipped products. Share and enjoy digital photos (JPEG), music (MP3, WMA) and videos (AVCHD, WMV) by simply connecting to a home network (LAN).  VIERA Link provides connectivity to other VIERA Link compatible products and NAS compatibility. The BDT-220 has a Wi-Fi system built right into the main unit so you can enjoy VIERA Connect and BD-Live content without having to connect with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adaptor. Players are also compatible with the NTFS format HDD. Adaptive Chroma Processing Adaptive Chroma Processing is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of Blu-ray Disc video signals in the vertical and horizontal directions to produce extremely high color resolution and beautiful edges. Personalization To personalize the home theater experience, the new multi-user mode on the BDT-220 allows you to register four users and each can record individual favorite settings. You can select a personal icon from 16 pre-installed images, or photos from an external source. You also have the option to customize the home screen with any image you choose. Features like the home screen customization as well as enhancement of VIERA Connect allow you to easily personalize your entertainment experience to fit your lifestyle. Download the exclusive Panasonic app and you’ll also be able to use your iPhone or Android smartphone as a remote control for your BDT-220. Energy Star Qualified Panasonic is always working to improve its technology, design, and commitment to the environment. Attractive compact designs and energy-saving functions help Panasonic Blu-ray Disc products protect the environment by effectively conserving limited natural resources. All 2012 models are Energy Star Qualified. 2012 Panasonic VIERA Blu-ray Disc Player Comparison Chart Series DMP-BBT01 DMP-BDT500 DMP-BDT320 DMP-BDT220 DMP-BD87 DMP-BD77 Wi-Fi Capability Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Ready Dolby True HD DTS Master Audio Essential DLNA Capability (via LAN) FLAC Compatibility External HDD Playback Multi-User Mode Fast Booting & Loading Ultra Ultra Energy Star Qualified Full HD Playback 3D HD 3D HD 3D HD 3D HD 2D-3D Conversion Adapative Chroma Processing 24p Output for VOD Smartphone Function Capability VIERA Connect VIERA Link Skype Communication* SD Memory Card Slot Touch Pad Remote Control Slot-in Drive Lay-out Free Design Smart Eco Sensor Analog Audio 7.1 Channel Output Twin HDMI Online Movies/IP VOD

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