The introduction of 3D technology has created more variety in Blu ray disc player market. Instead of the usual two or three new players each year, manufacturers are producing four to six different models to accommodate 3D technology. Panasonic is no different. For 2011, Panasonic introduced four new Blu ray disc players. The cheapest Blu ray player, DMP-BD75, is a non 3D Blu ray player aimed at budget minded consumers with no need for 3D technology. Even retailing at under $100, the DMP-BD75 is anything but low end in terms of features and performance.
The DMP-BD75 is the entry level model for 2011. These days, even the entry level models will come with Profile 2.0 that is compatible with BD-LIVE contents. The DMP-BD75 is fully compatible with BD-LIVE contents as well as other Profile 2.0 specifications. As with most other Blu ray players, the DMP-BD75 can decode all known audio formats found on Blu ray movies. It can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD Master Audio, and DTS high resolution Audio. The player will also play the standard MP3 audio files. Surprisingly, DMP-BD75 can decode and play MKV files as well as some Divx files. While the playback of media files like MKV was supported, it had problem with some non standard video formats. Out of five MKV files tested, four played without any problems. It seems to lag little behind Samsung when it comes to MKV playback. The DMP-BD75 does come with limited internet streaming contents. It comes with Netflix, Cinemanow, Vudu, and Pandora as part of the internet streaming contents. This is somewhat limited compared to other players that come with complete internet platform that include downloadable apps. Even so, it still should be enough for most users.
The overall design and weight is in line with other Blu ray players. It only measures 1.4 inches in thickness for slimmer design. Also, it only weighs around 3.5 pounds. The disc tray is located on the left side of the player. LCD and simple playback buttons are located on the right side. Strangely, the USB port is located in the middle of the front face instead of the side. It seems like having the USB port on the right side would have been more logical. Other than this anomaly, the DMP-BD75 looks like any other Blu ray player. Panasonic have simplified the input and output ports on the DMP-BD75. It comes with HDMI, USB, 2 channel analog audio output, and simple video output. It has done away with component and S-video outputs. Most users will only require HDMI output port and USB port for storage purpose. The included remote is adequate. It does have a dedicated network button for accessing Netflix and other streaming contents.
Performance and Video
The major selling point of the Panasonic Blu ray player seems to be the fast loading and booting time. While it was faster than most other players, it is not something to be truly amazed about. It shaves an average of 5-10 or less against most other 2011 players. In some instances, it failed to be faster than other players. However, it is faster in most cases.
The video processing is far more important than the loading and booting speed. The DMP-BD75 was flawless in its Blu ray disc playbacks. This is in line with most other 2011 models. All the typical video processing errors like moiré, jaggieness, and motion blur were absent in Blu ray movie tests. All three movies tested showed no video processing errors. However, the player crashed during the testing in one of the Blu ray discs. This did not happen again in other tests. Also, the DVD upscaling and playback was pretty good as well. While not as good as some other players, DVD upscaling did look fairly good on DMP-BD75.
All the audio formats found on the Blu ray discs played without any problem. The regular Dolby and DTS played without any faults. Also, the high definition audio formats had no problems as well. MP3 files were all correctly decoded as well as the MKV files. However, I could not get the player to play the WMA files.
In 2009, this would have been a top tier Blu ray player. However, compared to other 2011 models, this player does not measure up in terms of features. It does not have WIFI or more comprehensive internet streaming contents. Also, it lacks 3D playback capability. Even at this price range, you can find a 3D capable player with WIFI option. However, you most likely need to purchase WIFI dongle separately. If you want a basic Blu ray player that will have no problem playing Blu ray discs, the DMP-BD75 should be a great option.
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