Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player

The Panasonic DMP-BD80 is a top of the range Blu-ray player hoping to improve on the brands impressive previous models. Is the price premium over the BD60 really worth it though?

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Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player

by on May 19th, 2009 | Comment | Share

The Panasonic DMP-BD80 hopes to continue and improve upon the impressive performance of the previous models from the brand. But whilst the BD80 looks good on paper, can it continue push the envelope in practice?

At first glance, the Panasonic DMP-BD80 looks almost identical to the previous model, the DMP-BD55. Look closer though and you will see some subtle tweaks to the design with a darker front fascia and a slightly more purposeful look. There is no mistaking it is a Panasonic though as it remains true to the brands design philosophies, and whilst it may not look as sleek or modern as the Samsung BD-P1600, it does have a certain look of quality about it even though it stands at only 55mm high. The front fascia is clean and uncluttered with only the disc tray really being noticeable, but fold down a flap on the bottom right of the unit and you have access to a small selection of playback buttons as well as a USB port and SD Card slot for storing BD-LIVE downloads.

Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray PlayerRound the back of the BD80 we have the essential HDMI outputs and also Component, Digital Coaxial and Optical, and an ethernet port for taking advantage of the ‘VIERA CAST’ function which allows you to view YouTube videos and Picasa photos, as well as other websites. The BD80 will also decode or bitstream output DTS-HD Master and Dolby TrueHD and owners of older amplifiers will be pleased to note that the player has 7.1 channel analogue outputs, something which its smaller brother, the Panasonic DMP-BD60, lacks

Performance is every bit as good as you’d hope with the player showing a level of detail, and especially edge definition, that won’t fail to impress. Combine this with the players very impressive audio capabilities and you have a seriously good Blu-ray player that can compete with players a good deal more expensive.

There is a new version of this Blu-ray player available: Panasonic DMP-BD85

What to consider before you buy the Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player

If you don’t need the 7.1 channel outputs you may want to consider the DMP-BD60 instead which comes in about £50 to £100 cheaper.

Why you should buy the Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player

Panasonic prove yet again that when it comes to Blu-ray players, they are one of the best manufacturers out there, and the BD80 confirms that with style. Rating: 4.5/5

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Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player

Need help deciding between this player and the DMP-BD60? Read our blog article: What are the differences between the DMP-BD60 and DMP-BD80.

View more details about the DMP-BD80 on the Official Panasonic website.

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