DMP-BD35 Player, Instruction Booklet, Remote Control, Batteries, RCA Phono cables, Mains lead.
1x HDMI output, 1x Ethernet (RJ-45), 1x Component video output via 3x RCA phono, 1x Audio line-out via 2x RCA phono, 1x SPDIF output, Ethernet (10/100BASE)
1x SD Card Slot (supporting SDHC cards)
CD , DVD , BD-R , CD-R , BD-RE , CD-RW , DVD+R , DVD-R , BD-ROM , DVD+RW , DVD-RW , DVD-RAM , DVD+R DL , DVD-R D
Built-in Audio Decoders:
Dolby Digital , DTS decoder , Dolby True HD , Dolby Digital Plus , DTS-HD
Supported Digital Video Standards:
480i , 480p , 720p , 1080i , 1080p
BD-Live , BonusView , Dialogue enhancer , Progressive scanning , x.v.Colour technology , 3:2 pull down compensation , Digital video noise reduction
Digital Audio Format:
DTS digital output , Dolby Digital output , DTS-HD digital output , Dolby True HD digital output
Price: £175 from Amazon
With the sad and unfortunate demise of Toshiba’s HD-DVD format, I was lacking a suitable player for HD material. Sadly the winning format – Blu-Ray was still at a stage where it’s interactive features (which I love using) weren’t even close to what HD-DVD offered. Luckily it is progressing upwards.
Even more frustrating was the fact that the only Blu-Ray player that had a 2.0 profile, was strangely Sony’s very own Playstation 3. Profile 2.0 calls for a player to have mass storage onboard, basically a hard disk so that the player can access BD Live web based content. A hard disk, that was all that was required to be added to the handful of Profile 1.0 standalone players out there, and yet for months the only 2.0 player was the PS3. Strange that.
The start of 2009 finally saw standalone players arriving with full 2.0 support and features that would separate them from the PS3’s blu-ray capabilities. What we have here is the DMP-BD35 from Panasonic, the big brother to the Profile 1.1 BD30. The obvious advantage here is that the 35 boasts full BD Live compatibility.
It annoys me to state that Panasonic can’t seem to make up their mind about these players, and keep bringing in newer models every 5 seconds, which confuses the consumers horribly. Upon purchasing the BD35 – hailed as the best all round value for money 2.0 player, I have since found out that the DMP-BD35 has now been discontinued.
It’s replacement is the DMP-BD60, which features a near identical specification with the addition of a new feature called Viera Cast, which allows access to online services such as Google’s Picasa and YouTube. Why you would even require such features on a high definition video player is beyond me. Sadly the player isn’t available until mid-March 2009 and it could be a bit more pricey. I wonder how long the BD60 will last…