Panasonic DMP-BP65 Blu-ray Player Review

I remember the days, not long ago when a Blu-ray player cost over $500 dollars and would just play Blu-ray and DVD discs.  Today’s Blu-ray players now have scores of  extra features including internet connectivity, multiple format playback, USB and SD card slots and universal device control.  The Panasonic DMPBD65 has all these features and more but at it’s heart lies an excellent Blu-ray player at a very attractive price.

The first thing you’ll notice with the DMP-BP65 player is the fast start-up time when playing a Blu-ray DVD. Panasonic specs say the start up time is 0.5 seconds which may be true however in reality it’s 10-20 seconds,  the disc may Boot up in 0.5 seconds but it will take longer to load the content for playback, 0.5 seconds is a little misleading however 10-20 seconds is still Super Fast compared to many Blu-ray players which take forever to load.

Once the Blu-ray disc starts to play the next thing you’ll notice with the BD65 is the incredible picture quality … deep, vibrant, saturated colours, crisp sharpness and clarity all thanks to Panasonic ‘s UniPhier signal and PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, image processing technology.  The upscaling of regular SD (Standard Definition) DVD’s to 1080p is also very well done thanks to Panasonic’s 148.5Mhz, 12 bit Video D/A converters.  So what does all this techno speak mean … nothing short of a Great Picture on both Blu-ray and SD DVD’s.

In addition to the Blu-ray drive the Panasonic DMP-BP65 comes equipped with convenient front loading SD Card slot and USB slot which supports MP3, JPEG files and SD, SDHC and the new SDXC card formats.  The built in browser automatically recognizes when a USB drive or SD card is inserted and quickly loads the files for playback or viewing.  The USB and SD card inputs support MP3, Jpeg files and AVCHD movie files codecs at this time.

The DMP-DB65 has a built in (wired) RJ45 jack for connection to your home LAN network and the internet.  If you don’t have access to a hard wired ethernet network the DMP-BD65 can also work on WiFi with the addition of an option wireless interface.  If you are planning on using this DVD player to access internet services and Apps on WiFi we would recommend you purchase the next model up the Panasonic  DMP-BD85 player.  The DMP-BD85 player has the same features as the BD65 but also comes with built in WiFi and for the cost of the optional wireless adapter it’s pretty much the same price as the BD-85.

So what happens when you connect a DVD player to the internet?  Plenty …
The built in ethernet port has many uses including connectivity to BD Live and Bonus View,  which offer additional features and content on some Blu-ray DVDs.  Internet connectivity also allows you to do quick firmware updates as they become available and access YouTube, Picasa and Netflix just to name a few.   The VIERA CAST system is intuitive and easy to navigate however without a keyboard typing searches using the handheld remote is painfully slow and awkward.

While the picture quality of Panasonic DVD players is enough to leave the competition green with envy the Panasonic DMP-BD65 is also one of the greenest DVD Players on the market consuming only 13 watts of power while playing a DVD.  Compare that to a Sony PS3 which consumes 94 watts of electricity playing a DVD and you’ll see that the BD65 player is 7 times more efficient allowing it to qualify for the Energy Star Approval.

For connectivity the Panasonic DMP-BD65 offers you HDMI, Component Video and Composite Video Outputs, along with analog and optical audio outputs.  The BD65 supports the latest BD audio formats including  Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Summary:
The Panasonic DMP-BD65 is an outstanding full featured Blu-ray player providing exceptional performance and value in a great looking unit under $200 dollars.

With super fast loading times for Blu-ray DVD’s, Pristine picture quality that rivals the competition,  the convenience of  front loading SD and USB card slots and VIERA CAST wired internet connectivity for YouTube, Picasa and Netflix  it’s easy to see why the Panasonic DMP-BD65 is our favorite and most recommended Blu-ray DVD player.

Unless you need built in WiFi or 3D support you can pay more for another Blu-ray player but your won’t find one with better picture quality and performance.

Other recommendations:
If you intend to connect to your Blu-ray player to the internet wirelessly we recommend purchasing the Panasonic DMP-BP85 model which has built in WiFi.

The Panasonic DMP-BD65 does not support 3D, if you require Full HD 3D support we recommend the Panasonic DMP-BDT100 player or DMP-BDT350 with 3D and WiFi.

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