Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D Blu-ray PlayerPanasonic have beaten Sony to it again this year with the launch of their latest range of Blu-ray players. Whilst we are waiting for the top of the range model from Sony, Panasonic have released all three of their 2011 range of models.

Let’s start by trying to get our heads around the new model numbers. Whereas last year, we had the BD45, BD65 and BD85, in 2011 the old ‘DMP-BD’ prefix is almost gone – just the budget DMP-BD75 keeps this going. Panasonic are using the model numbers to differentiate the 3D Ready players, so these come with the DMP-BDT prefix.

So we’ll start with the Panasonic DMP-BD75 which is the budget player here, and very keenly priced it is too. We’ve seen wild swings on the online pricing – anything from £90 to £150 – but you should be looking to pay towards the lower end of this scale. The player is reasonably well specced and compares favourably to the Sony BSP-S380, but the Sony is still the better buy in our opinion.

The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 is the mid range model and boasts a few more features and is 3D ready. It’s a fine looking machine too, but you will need the additional cost dongle or a wired connection to make full use of the online capabilities.

The top of the range model in the UK is the Panasonic DMP-BDT310 which boasts all the features of the BDT110, but has built in wireless which could be invaluable to some of us. It’s not a cheap player, but if you can stretch to it, and can’t wait for the Sony BDP-S580, this is the best player of the bunch.

See the Panasonic Blu-ray Players page for the full range.

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