Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray PlayerWith the recent launch of three new Panasonic Blu-ray players the old question is being asked again – do I buy the latest model or stick with tried and trusted previous generation player?

In most cases, and especially with Blu-ray players, the advances in technology and features are normally so worthwhile to make the latest version the better bet. This case is slightly different though because the Panasonic DMP-BD45 is firmly targeted at the budget end of the Blu-ray player market and is lacking a few features as a result. The most astonishing of all is the lack of the BD-Live feature, meaning the player is conforming to the Blu-ray profile 1.1 that was first launched in late 2007. What this means to you is that you won’t be able to take advantage of the online content offered by a lot of Blu-ray discs now. This may not matter to you of course, but it is still a little surprising that the player is lacking this feature. This is the main area where cost savings have been made as it then doesn’t need an ethernet port and all the accompanying electronic circuitry inside. The Panasonic DMP-BD60 does have this feature.

The DMP-BD45 does arguably look a little better than the DMP-BD60 but there is not a lot in it really, and as far as other features go, they are pretty well matched.

So which one to buy? Well, if it was still at it’s original full retail cost, the Panasonic DMP-BD60 would be around £50 more than the BD45, and it would come down to whether you wanted or needed BD-Live. However, because it is now an outgoing model, we have seen prices on the BD60 well and truly slashed, and you can get this model for as low as £130! That works out at around £20 less than the BD45, and for more features!

So, if we were buying one of these players now we’d have to recommend going for the DMP-BD60 – it’s a tried and trusted player with a wealth of good reviews.

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2 Comments to “Which to buy? The Panasonic DMP-BD45 or DMP-BD60?”

Jo on August 26, 2014 said:

Can I add surround sound speakers to a DMP BD45 Blue ray player and will it support 6 speakers? Thanks!

Home Cinema Buyer on August 27, 2014 said:

Not directly no. You’d have to buy a separate home cinema amplifier, connect the speakers to this, and connect your Blu-ray player to the amp using either an HDMI or optical cable.
Hope that helps.

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