Panasonic Reveals Pricing for the Latest Range of Blu-ray Disc Players
At the recent CES held inLas Vegas, Panasonic unveiled the latest range of Blu-ray disc players. But the pricing and availability details for the players were not revealed until now. The company disclosed availability and cost for the entire line, including 2 Blu-ray 2D disc players and 4 3D models, this week. The 2D players feature IP VOD, which offers access to streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, CinemaNow and Vudu. The 3D players come with Panasonic’s complete VIERA Connect suite of internet apps.
Price and availability
DMP-BDT220 featuring inbuilt WiFi is priced at $149.99, while the DMP-BDT320 sporting a touch pad remote and sleek design is being retailed for $199.99. Both the 3D players have been released in the market. The company has also launched both the 2D models. DMP-BD77 is priced at $89.99 and DMP-BD87 at $119.99.
The remaining two cutting edge 3D HD Blu-ray disc players will be shipped in May. Wall mountable and light-weight DMP-BBT01 is priced at $269.99 and FMP-BDT500 featuring multi-channel analog and dual HDMI output will be sold at $349.99.
Panasonic Blu-ray disc player features
All the 3D players will feature 24p Video on Demand output, enhanced UniPhier chip processor, free lossless audio codec (FLAC) support and extended VIERA connect functionality. Apart from the DMP-BBT01 model, all others have 192Hz/32bit Audio DAC. The devices also have smart remote control feature. BDT320, BDT500 and DMP-BBT01 sport touch pad remote control, which was showcased at CES.
Apart from the enhanced UniPhier single-chip processing, the company is also working on Adaptive Chroma processing Blu-ray players. The latter is a highly advanced technology for processing images, which offers excellent color details regardless of the source material. Every pixel video signal is processed in horizontal and vertical directions by the player. Compared to 2010 models, this upgrades the vertical color processing by almost 50%.
The complete Panasonic Blu-ray disc player range is supported by Digital Living Networking Alliance (DLNA) for access to NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices and content streaming from DLNA server or a compatible computer. Except DMP-BD77, all the other players have inbuilt WiFi for connecting the internet content and home network. The entry level model offers connectivity through a hard wired network port. It is possible to add wireless connectivity to this model with a gaming adapter or a wireless bridge.
The devices also offer great personalization options. The multi-user mode enables the storage of settings for as many as 4 different players for customized App,VODor streaming experience. Panasonic is known for its support for environmental conservation. All the players in the latest range are eco-friendly and Energy Star qualified. The advanced DMP-BDT320 model sports a Smart Eco sensor capable of detecting movement inside a radius of 16 feet. When not in use, the device automatically switches to the quick start mode, which has a boot time of just 0.5 second. This brings down the energy consumption from 3.2 watts to 0.1 watts, when the player is not being used.
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