The Panasonic DMP-BD65 is the mid range player in Panasonics 2010/11 range of Blu-ray players and replaces the very popular DMP-BD60 in what is becoming a very competitive and mature player market.
The Panasonic DMP-BD65 aims to continue the impressive performance of the previous model, and the brand has gone to great lengths to ensure that their reputation for high definition quality playback remains. To help achieve this, the player has Panasonics PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus and High Precision 4:4:4 processing which is passed through the HDMI connection that supports Deep Colour and x.v.Colour. If you choose not to use HDMI, the player also has a component output on the rear, something the brands entry level model, the DMP-BD45, does not have. In fact, when you look at the differences between the players, the Panasonic DMP-BD65 offers quite a lot more for the relatively small additional amount of money you pay over the BD45. In addition to the component output you also have a player that is fully BD-LIVE compatible with an Ethernet socket on the rear for connecting to the internet or downloading firmware updates. The system is also wireless ready when you add on the optional DY-WL10 wireless dongle. If you want built in wireless, the next model up – the DMP-BD85 – is your best bet.
The looks of the Panasonic DMP-BD65 are quite similar to the previous model, but this player has a blacker and more modern look about it which is an improvement. The SD Card slot and the USB socket are neatly concealed on the front fascia to keep the clean looks of the player. The remote control is very typically Panasonic and is well laid out with big and very clearly labelled buttons.
The other main benefit of the Panasonic DMP-BD65 is the reduced power consumption of the player which in standby mode is only 0.2W. Whilst the player boasts a speedy half a second load time, you need to leave the player in ‘Quick Start’ mode which consumes 7W – the player consumes around 20W during playback – so you have to choose between your green aspirations, and pure convenience.
There is a newer model of this player available: Panasonic DMP-BDT110
What to consider before you buy the Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray Player
In terms of features there is very little more you need to add to this player and not much you can say against it, but hopefully by the next model we will be able to have quick Blu-ray start times AND lower standby power consumption.
Why you should buy the Panasonic DMPBD65 Blu-ray Player
This player is bound to be the most popular player in the range because it does everything, and offers all the features that most people need. And it does it all for a pretty good price too. Rating: /5
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Read more about the DMP-BD65 on the Panasonic website