Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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High Points
• Blu-ray movies look very good at both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24
• The player passes the high-resolution audio bitstream over HDMI
• It can play picture-in-picture bonus content, such as video commentaries and making-of featurettes
• This player has faster start-up, load and navigation times than most early-generation Blu-ray players
• The SD card slot allows for easy viewing of digital movies and photos

Low Points
• The DMP-BD30 lacks an Ethernet port, so you can't access Web features on Blu-ray discs
• The lack of onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoders means you need a receiver with the proper decoders to enjoy high-resolution formats
• Standard-def DVDs look good overall, but the picture is not quite as clean and detailed as we've seen on other Blu-ray players

Conclusion
The Panasonic DMP-BD30 offers very good Blu-ray performance, and its quick, glitch-free operation makes it more enjoyable to use than a lot of early Profile 1.0 players. It's best mated with an A/V receiver that has high-resolution audio decoding. If you don't care that much about Web features on Blu-ray discs, then this player is a good choice at a good price.

Additional Resources
• Learn more about Sony and Sony products.
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HTR Product Rating for Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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