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Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Dolby Digital, Dolby Tru

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Pros: Great 2D and 3D performance, fast, touch sensor, low profile, dual HDMI outputs

Cons: Kludgy navigation of menus, no 3D apps

I picked up the Panasonic DMP-BDT310 at Best Buy as an open item that was sitting on the shelf. At the time, I needed a 3D player for my new Sharp LC70LE847U, but I did not have a receiver with 3D passthrough, so the Panasonic fit the bill. There was no remote, or manual, so I was out the door with a great blu-ray player for $89! I use my Harmony One to control this player, so lack of a remote was not a hardship. I downloaded the manual, printed it up, and have it in a 3 ring binder for reference.

The picture quality is excellent, and 3D performance is top notch. It has some tweaks for audio - High Clarity Sound, and other enhancements, but I still have not seen any improvement in the already fantastic audio output with that function engaged or off. Sadly, there are no 3D applications with this player, and no VUDU 3D. The navigation of the apps menu is painfully slow, and is not updated that often. I did not purchase this for the apps, I bought it to provide a decent 3D blu-ray disc player that had the dual HDMI outputs, at a reasonable price point. The menu system is fairly logically laid out, and easy to use. The touch sensor on the top of the player is pretty handy - I don't have to fumble in the dark to look for the open button on the front panel - just wave my hand over the sensor, and the drive opens. I'm easily amused. It also has a very low profile. The Panasonic replaced an LG BD390 - it's 1/3 the size and weight of the LG, but feels very sturdy and well built.

I've since upgraded my receiver from an Onkyo TX-SR806, to an Onkyo TX-NR809 - but I still left the HDMI outputs split. One side feeds the receiver audio, the other HDMI out is connected to HDMI input 2 of the Sharp. I think the performance with the Panasonic connected directly to my TV is slightly better than running through my AVR. It does not come with any onboard storage for BD Live content, so I put in a 4 gig SD card for persistent storage. Boot time is pretty quick, and it is pretty quiet when operating.

I can't recall watching a standard def movie in over a year, so I can't comment on the upconverting performance of this machine. Overall, the Panasonic DMP-BDT310 has been a very solid performer over the last year, and I am quite pleased with it. It's been very reliable, and bulletproof like most of the Panasonc products in my house.
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Dolby Digital, Dolby Tru
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DetailValue
BindingElectronics
EAN5025232609116
Item Height3.94 inches
Item Length3.94 inches
Item Width3.94 inches
LabelPanasonic
ManufacturerPanasonic
MPNDMP-BDT310EB
Package Height3.3 inches
Package Length18.9 inches
Package Weight5.4 pounds
Package Width10.5 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberDMP-BDT310EB
ProductGroupReceiver or Amplifier
ProductTypeNameAUDIO_OR_VIDEO
PublisherPanasonic
SKU412193
StudioPanasonic
TitlePanasonic DMP-BDT310 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Dolby Digital, Dolby Tru
Item Weight2.2 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementDMP-BDT310EB
ModelDMP-BDT310EB
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