Panasonic has just released a new 3D-capable Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDT100. Priced at $249.95, this model is a lower-priced alternative to the DMP-BDT300 ($399, Best Buy only) and DMP-BDT350 ($429.99) and consequently lacks some of the features offered on those step-up players. We have not performed a hands-on review of the DMP-BDT100, but here is an overview of its features. This Profile 2.0 player supports BD-Live Web functionality and BonusView/picture-in-picture playback, and it offers the full suite of high-resolution audio decoders. The DMP-BDT100 is wireless-ready, requiring the addition of the optional DY-WL10 USB WiFi adapter ($99.95). You can stream content from a PC or DLNA-compliant server, and the player supports Panasonic's VIERA Cast Web platform, which includes access to Netflix and Amazon video-on-demand, Pandora, YouTube, Picasa and more. This model has a smaller form factor than its predecessors, measuring just 16.94 x 8.16 x 1.38 and weighing 4.6 pounds.
In the connectivity realm, the DMP-BDT100 does not offer the second HDMI output found on the step-up models, a feature that allows you to send the 3D video signal directly to your 3D-capable display via an HDMI 1.4 output and still send HDMI audio to your A/V receiver via HDMI 1.3 (so you don't have to upgrade to a 3D-compatible receiver). This model offers a single HDMI output, as well as a single component video and composite video output (no S-video). The player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. Picture adjustments include the ability to choose between preset picture modes or go with a user mode in which you can adjust contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, gamma and noise reduction. The setup menu also includes options for chroma process, detail clarity and super resolution.