Panasonic DMP-BD65

The Panasonic DMP-BD65 is a terrific Blu-ray player that's sure to satisfy anyone who buys one.


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Panasonic is a dominating presence in the Blu-ray player market. It has believed in the format from the start and has done a great deal to improve its machines with each new generation. The models in its latest range are smaller than their predecessors, use less electricity and can play any Blu-ray disc you throw at them.

The DMP-BD65 has the basics covered and isn't without a few little extra treats too. Let's take a look, and find out if it's worth the money.

Size matters

When they launched a few years ago, Blu-ray players were huge. They were generally twice the height of a DVD player and deeper too. Happily, Panasonic has started to reduce its players' dimensions, and they're now about the same size as a DVD player. That's good news, because smaller, lighter machines mean lower shipping costs and lower CO2 emissions from moving them around the world.

You can play back photo, video and music files via the SD card slot and USB socket. (Credit: CNET UK)

Panasonic keeps its remote controls fairly small too, but not at the expense of usability. The buttons on the remote that comes with the DMP-BD65 are large enough for anyone to prod without accidentally mashing the adjacent keys. The navigation pad is also easy to use, and perfect for finding your way around the player's menus, and those in a Blu-ray movie.

Socket to them

Because the DMP-BD65 sits in the middle of Panasonic's range, it doesn't have analog 7.1 audio outputs. But that's just about the only omission on this player. Profile 2.0 functionality is present and correct, and there's an Ethernet socket on the rear of the machine to enable it.

As you'd expect, HDMI is also available to get those glorious 1080p images from the disc to your TV. If you want lossless audio, you'll need to use an external AV receiver to accept and decode the DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD signals.

For people who need composite outputs, you're in luck, as the DMP-BD65 sports a set. We can't for the life of us understand why anyone would buy a Blu-ray player and then use it with standard-definition connections, but we assume people must do, or they wouldn't be included.

The DMP-BD65's remote is small, but not so tiny that it'll drive you insane. (Credit: CNET UK)

Also provided are USB and SD card slots. These are mainly for playing back photos, music and certain types of video. Video files in the AVCHD format, which Panasonic cameras and camcorders record in, can be played back from either of these sockets. The DMP-BD65 offers DivX support, but don't expect high-definition quality, because this functionality is SD-capable only. That's a shame, but not a massive surprise.

It's also worth noting that, if wired internet access isn't available to you, then you can purchase an optional Wi-Fi dongle to access the Viera Cast services (see next page), and Blu-ray online content. That's a handy solution, but we'd prefer to see built-in Wi-Fi at this price.

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TarlynS posted a comment   

amigo me puse a tratar de configura el control con el tele y presione setup 2 y ahora tengo bloqueado el control que puedo hacer

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Geoff posted a review   

The Good:Price, Speed, Reliability

The Bad:None

Great player for great price. Far superior to my past pioneer and sony players.

 

Patrick posted a comment   

Having trouble deciding between this and the LG BD560, which one would make for a better Blu-ray player?

 

freckles posted a comment   

does NOT have divx support, dmp-bd80 DOES




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  • TarlynS

    TarlynS

    "amigo me puse a tratar de configura el control con el tele y presione setup 2 y ahora tengo bloqueado el control que puedo hacer"

  • Geoff

    Geoff

    Rating8

    "Great player for great price. Far superior to my past pioneer and sony players."

  • Patrick

    Patrick

    "Having trouble deciding between this and the LG BD560, which one would make for a better Blu-ray player?"

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