The DMP-BDT110, a follow-up to last year’s DMP-BDT100, is the entry-level 3D Blu-ray player in Panasonic‘s 2011 line, with an MSRP of $149.99. We have not performed a hands-on review of the DMP-BDT110, but here is an overview of its features. New to this year’s 3D Blu-ray lineup are 2D-to-3D conversion, a 3D Effect Controller, and Skype capability (with the addition of an optional USB camera/microphone). The DMP-BDT110 is wireless-ready, and you can stream content from a PC or DLNA-compliant server. The player supports Panasonic’s VIERA Cast Web platform, which adds CinemaNow and Napster to its repertoire this year. VIERA Cast continues to offer Netflix, VUDU, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Pandora, and more.
In terms of video connections, the DMP-BDT110 offers a single HDMI output, as well as a composite video output. Beginning this year, manufacturers are no longer allowed to include HD-capable component video outputs, due to copy-protection restrictions. General 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 video menu also includes adjustments for chroma process, detail clarity, and super resolution. In the 3D realm, Panasonic is the only Blu-ray manufacturer I’m aware of that allows you to change the 3D signal type to output the side-by-side or checkerboard format, which is compatible with older 3D-capable TVs from Mitsubishi and Samsung. As I mentioned above, you can also enable 2D-to-3D conversion, and the new 3D Effect Controller allows you to select a normal or soft picture and manually adjust the distance (depth), screen type (flat or round), frame width, and frame color for 3D video.
On the audio side, outputs include HDMI, optical digital (no coaxial), and stereo analog. The DMP-BDT110 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. Audio adjustments include dialog enhancement, audio sync, and the ability to select different sound-effect modes (Re-master 1, 2 and 3, plus Night Surround).
The DMP-BDT110 supports BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, MKV, MP3, MPO (3D still pictures), 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 back-panel USB port (this port also supports a USB camera for Skype). The DMP-BDT110 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content, but an SD card slot is provided for this purpose. Both the SD card reader and a second, front-panel USB port allow for media playback. The player lacks advanced control ports, such as RS-232 or IR.
Read about the high points and low points of the DMP-BDT110 Blu-ray player on Page 2.
• The DMP-BDT110 supports 3D playback, with optional
2D-to-3D conversion if you’d like to simulate the 3D effect with
standard 2D content.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• The player is Skype- and WiFi-ready.
• This year’s VIERA Cast service adds CinemaNow and Napster. DLNA media streaming is included.
• Panasonic offers a nice array of 3D setup options, including the ability to output the checkerboard format.
• 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.
Competition and Comparison
Compare the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 with its
competition by reading the reviews for the Samsung BD-D5300,
and Vizio VBR333.
Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray
The DMP-BDT110’s $149.99 MSRP is $100 less
than Panasonic’s previous entry-level 3D Blu-ray player, which makes
this a highly cost-effective way to enjoy 3D movies on your new 3DTV.
The player has plenty of additional worthwhile features, like a thorough
assortment of VOD options, Skype capability, DLNA streaming, and
WiFi-readiness. If you prefer a wireless network connection, it makes
more sense to buy the step-up DMP-BDT210, which has integrated WiFi and
costs $50 more (whereas the DY-WL10 USB WiFi adapter runs about $100).