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my panny DMP-BDT210P review

Discussion in 'Blu-Ray Hardware' started by camo, May 19, 2011.

  1. camo

    camo Godfather

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    I did a little review of my new panny DMP-BDT210P.
    Internet features may not be as extensive as some units because as of 5-19-2011 Hulu was not supported yet. Netflix, Vudu, Amazon video, Youtube, CinimaNow, Pandora, Twitter, Picasa, Skype, Alphaline, Bloomberg, weather, Tagesschau are all supported.

    Being a prime Amazon customer my first movie was a free HD selection from Amazon Prime, followed by a HDX (1080P quality)Vudu movie "The Black Swan" you get one 5.99 credit through Vudo without signing up or giving any CC information. The ability to stream the Black Swan @ 4500 kbps = 4.39453125 Mbps over Wi-Fi was impressive without any hiccups. A standard HD movie 720p requires 2250 kbps = 2.19726562 Mbps so the 4.4 Mbps for 1080p was a true test of its streaming ability. My router is a Linksys E3000 wireless N @ 2.4 ghz and located about 30' and through two walls. I'm not a netflix member yet but from other reviews the interface is much better than the Sony units which are really user unfriendly. I can report Vudo,Pandora,and Amazon have very friendly user interfaces.

    As far as blue ray movies on disk I tested with Avatar and the movie looked flawless and loaded twice as fast as my older pioneer player it replaced. I had to go into settings and turn off secondary audio for DTS-HD Master Audio to work.
    Most players defaults are not set for home theaters so this is normal.

    The one area I was not impressed with was the up-conversion on older 480P movies. I tested with Saving Private Ryan and thought my older Pioneer player did a better job. If this is an important feature I would look at another unit. In my case I'll continue to use my Pioneer (BDF-51FD)for 480p movies.
    As far as testing the units ability to play files on my computer or USB disk I haven't tested because I'm all ready hooked up directly with HDMI so any file on my computer plays flawless with sound. Using a second interface is impractical and unnecessary in my case. You may ask how I have HDMI going to both computer monitor and TV. I use a HDMI splitter from Monoprice. I don't think there are any dual HDMI video cards yet but honestly I have not looked lately.
    Overall its a great player with just a couple flaws, its up-conversion ability with older 480P disk is unimpressive and no Hulu app yet. But the excellent Wi-Fi streaming and very friendly interface for internet apps with great BD playback out weighed the bad.
     
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Most professional reviewers have praised the upconversion capabilities of the 2011 panny line.

    HERE'S a great review from a pretty good source.
     
  3. camo

    camo Godfather

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    I can only review on my own non professional experience. My Pioneer (BDF-51FD) does a better job as I reported.
     
  4. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    My three Sammy BD 5500s do a much better job of upscaling than the Pannys do. Incredibly better, and I'm definitely not a Sammy fan.

    Rich
     
  5. camo

    camo Godfather

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    Thanks Rich, I was not making it up for sure. The pioneer does a excellent job also and the difference was noticeable enough I had to include it in my thoughts.
     
  6. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Never had a Pioneer and when I got my first Panny I thought it was the best upscaling BD player I'd ever used (including the OPPOs). Then I bought a Sammy sound system/BD5500 and when I tried the upscaling it blew everything I've tried away. I bought two more stand alone 5500s immediately and sold or gave away three BD65s and returned the newer BD 100 (I think that's the correct model, it was one of the new line).

    Rich
     

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