Panasonic DMP-BDT320

7/30/2012 9:33:13 AM

Ratings: 4/5

Price: $345


Description: Panasonic DMP-BDT320

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

DMP-BDT320 is the first product of Blu-ray 2012 of Panasonic that we see, and it looks great. It has a rough surface which is similar to the player last year, but the front has been overhauled with a slot-loading optical drive, touch buttons and single-line LCD screen with a mirror surface. A SD card reader and the only USB port are hidden behind the fold, so you can connect the USB drive or memory card from the camera. The file format support is very excellent; all of our test files are played smoothly, including DivX and MKV videos.

At the rear, there are a HDMI output, analogue composite outputs and a digital optical audio output, as well as USB port for Skype camera (TY-CC10W, $180 from There is an Ethernet port if you prefer to use cables than available Wi-Fi. DMP-BDT320 supports DLNA, so you can transfer content from a PC or NAS devices directly, or online to access to the internet content.

Viera CAST system of Panasonic has been finally upgraded to Viera Connect. There is more content than before, including a store to download new applications. Viera Connect is beginning to look outdated compared to intelligent TV systems we see from other manufacturers. SmartHub of Samsung is a better system, along with SEN interface of Sony.

However, there is a lot of diversity, including applications that stream video from Netflix and catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer, together with the integration of YouTube, Facebook, Picasa and Twitter. Panasonic is so confident when they think their customers will prefer Netflix, so they have dedicated a remote control button for this service.

Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Remote


Perhaps the most radical change is remote control. Most of its buttons have been replaced with a touchpad. It is incredibly fast and easy to navigate menu systems, which has been made up, but it is not as successful as buttons that are easy to understand to control playback.

Startup time is much better than the model last year; you can wait for the Blu-ray in less than 20 seconds after putting it in the player. It is partly thanks to Smart Eco sensor, which put the disc into the lower energy status after 30 minutes of inactivity, then wake it up if someone steps over the sensor; you don’t need to boot it from the off status.

The number of image settings is very impressive, allowing you to adjust picture modes, upscale, sharpness and color, as well as brightness and contrast. The player can also play 3D side-by-side and continuously, so you can use it with many types of TVs and projectors.

There are many reasons to like DMP-BDT320 and the most noticeable is its design. We don’t believe that touchpad is a right step, but there are many people who find it friendlier than a remote control full of buttons. It is a great mid-range player with excellent image quality.


Evaluation: A great design, a strange remote control but excellent image quality.

Blu-ray player: Profile 5.0, a HDMI output, a component, a stereo phono, 1 year of RTB warranty.

Energy consumption: 0W standby, 7W active.

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