Panasonic DMP-BDT130 review
|Review: June 2013|
In a nutshell: This entry-level player provides best-in-class picture quality, 3D playback, Smart TV and outstanding connectivity.
Design & looks
This entry-level Blu-Ray player looks much like others. A rectangular shape and a glossy black finish help it to blend in with the rest of your audiovisual equipment.
We do like the easy-to-use remote control, with the main control buttons highlighted in blue, and even a dedicated Netflix button.
Another nice touch is the multi-user mode, where individual users can choose favourite settings such as background wallpapers, a user icon and picture and audio modes.
Entry-level Blu-Ray players are much of a muchness when it comes to playback formats and quality. However, Panasonic are a cut above the rest with class-leading playback quality and a huge range of supported formats.
The player can play Blu-Ray disks, including full HD 3D disks and BD-R/-R DL and BD-RE/-RE DL. Xvid and MKV formats are supported.
It can also play DVDs, including DVD+RW/+R/+R DL and DVD-RW/-R/-R DL. The player will upscale DVDs to full 1080p HD resolution.
Both DVD and 2D Blu-Ray disks can be converted into 3D. You can even watch your own home movies in 3D, as camcorder movies stored on a memory card can also be converted into high definition 3D. The amount of depth in the converter can be modified for maximum realism.
The player will also play CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW, with support for CD-DA, FLAC, WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, Xvid, MKV, JPEG, and MPO formats.
Audio quality is excellent with support for 5.1 high definition audio and the lossless audio codec FLAC. Output is via HDMI or digital optical audio.
Panasonic's comprehensive Smart TV offering is called VIERA Connect and includes BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Dailymotion, Picasa, Skype, Facebook and Twitter. For this, you'll need to connect the box to the internet using an ethernet cable.
New for 2013 is the addition of a basic web browser.
VIERA Connect covers a good range of apps and functionality, but perhaps isn't quite as comprehensive as the Smart TV offerings from Samsung or Sony.
The player is well connected, and can easily be integrated into your smart home network via DLNA. Internet access is available with the ethernet connection, and an optional Wi-Fi dongle that plugs into one of the USB ports can be purchased.
The DLNA networking lets you connect a DLNA-certified PC, and a second USB port and memory card slot enable you to stream movies, music and photos from connected devices and storage media to your TV.
Panasonic's free remote control apps will turn your iPhone or compatible Android smartphone or tablet into a powerful remote control.
A HDMI connection and an optical audio output connection enable the player to connect to a modern TV / home cinema system, or to an older amplifier.
Conclusion - an excellent entry-level player
The Panasonic DMP-BDT130 does everything that you could want from an entry-level Blu-Ray player, and does it supremely well. It provides the best picture quality in its class, and top audio quality too. It excels at 2D-3D conversion and upscaling to 1080p.
Connectivity is better than average, with the bonus of two USB ports and a memory card slot too. A Wi-Fi dongle is available as an optional extra. Panasonic's VIERA Connect has been upgraded for 2013 and is an excellent Smart TV system, although the choice of apps still lags rivals. Still, essentials like the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix are here.
Panasonic DMP-BDT130 features include:
- Playable disks: Blu-Ray (including 3D), DVD, CD
- 1080p upscaling
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD
- Connectivity: HDMI, ethernet, USB 2.0 x2, optical audio output, VIERA Connect, SD/ SDHC/ SDXC memory card, DLNA, Wi-Fi dongle available
- Power consumption: 18W
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When I go to use the remote the word set1 comes up.
Asked by ian
on 5th Sep 2016
Worked fine for a year then suddenly set 1 appears every time I use the remote control, and I can't watch films though the blu ray appears ready to play film.
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Average rating from 5 reviews:
Reviewed by David T
from UK - Notts
on 27th Feb 2016
Purchased Jan 2014
Light use (3-6 hours a week) Died Feb 2016. Disappointed
Generally a good player, couple of freezes say 1 in a 100 plays
Much better than my cheapo ADSA £40 blu ray which was very slow and clunky, although this ones still working after 3+ years !
Reviewed by Clwydd
on 26th Oct 2014
Just bought this and seems excellent for playing and most set up. Unfortunately there is absolutely no indication about how to set up the TV control buttons - perhaps they work automatically for a Panasonic TV, but the user guide is useless for any other. I have a Sanyo HDMI one with a great picture. Needs much more detail on all the new features whose names mean nothing to me. I am an electrical/electronic engineer - long retired - and the abbreviations and facilities are a new language to me.
Reviewed by Andy
from London UK
on 21st Jun 2014
This is a replacement for my old player dmb80 it is first class for the price Panasonic win hands down again with the BD player
Reviewed by Michael McBean
on 30th Oct 2013
My DMP-BDT130 is multi region a feature I required in addition to the other features discussed in the misco review. Considering the price this is an excellent producet
Reviewed by mr humphreys
from united kingdom
on 5th Oct 2013
I had problem with the hdmi leads and color goin offand turnin pink