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Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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4 Stars
Value
4 Stars
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4 Stars

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On the audio side, outputs include HDMI, optical digital (no coaxial) and 2-channel analog. The DMP-BDT100 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks the multichannel analog audio outputs found on the step-up models, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI. Audio adjustments include dialog enhancement and the ability to select different sound-effect modes (Re-master 1, 2 and 3, plus Night Surround).

The DMP-BDT100 supports BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx Plus HD, MP3 and JPEG playback. You can add the player to your home network either by using the back-panel Ethernet port or by attaching the optional wireless LAN adapter to the front-panel USB port. The DMP-BDT100 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content, but an SD card slot is provided for this purpose. Both the SD card reader and USB port also support music, photo and movie playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Panasonic DMP-BDT100 with its competition by reading the reviews for the Panasonic DMP-BDT350, LG BX580, Samsung BD-C6900, Samsung BD-7900, and Sony BDP-S570. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

High Points
• The DMP-BDT100 supports 3D playback, when mated with other 3D-capable components.
• The player supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView.
• The player supports the VIERA Cast Web platform, as well as DLNA media streaming.
• You can add an optional WiFi adapter.
• The SD card slot and USB port allow for easy playback of digital media files.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3D TV and A/V receiver.
• It also lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• WiFi is not built-in; it requires an add-on adapter.
• The player lacks internal memory, and Panasonic does not supply an SD card for this purpose.
• There's no advanced control port like RS-232.

Conclusion
Panasonic was wise to add a less-expensive 3D-capable Blu-ray player to its line in order to compete with Samsung and Sony, but the DMP-BDT100's $249.95 MSRP is still a bit higher than the entry-level 3D models from those other guys. Still, if you're looking for a Panasonic-branded player that offers the core Blu-ray functions plus features like VIERA CAST, WiFi-readiness and especially 3D playback, you now have a more economical choice.

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