Panasonic DMP-BDT160EB review
|Review: November 2014|
In a nutshell: This entry-level Blu-Ray player is cheap and includes 3D playback and Smart TV, but connectivity options are limited.
Design & looks
The DMP-BDT160 is Panasonic's entry-level Blu-Ray player for 2014. Design-wise, it's quite conventional, with a rectangular box shape, curved edges, and a glossy black finish.
The remote control is user-friendly, with a dedicated Netflix button.
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.
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.
Panasonic's Smart TV includes a range of internet-enabled apps, but isn't as comprehensive as the Smart TV offerings from Samsung or Sony. You'll find the BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, and social media apps.
The player can be integrated into your smart home network via DLNA. Internet access is available with the ethernet connection, and an optional Wi-Fi dongle can be added.
The DLNA networking lets you connect a DLNA-certified PC, and a USB port lets you stream movies, music and photos from connected devices and storage media to your TV.
Strangely, there's no audio output, so connecting to an external speaker system isn't possible.
Conclusion - a cheap entry-level player
We like the low price of the DMP-BDT160, and we like the fact that it plays 3D disks and includes some Smart TV functions. But connectivity is very limited, with no Wi-Fi and no audio output. There's not much in the way of Catch-Up TV either.
On balance we prefer the Samsung BD-H5500.
Panasonic DMP-BDT160EB features include:
- Playable disks: Blu-Ray (including 3D), DVD, CD
- Formats: JPEG, MPEG, Xvid, MKV, FLAC, WAV, WMA, AAC, MP3, AVCHD
- 1080p upscaling, 2D to 3D conversion
- Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD
- Connectivity: HDMI, ethernet, USB 2.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi dongle available
- Power consumption: 14W
- Size: 312 x 43 x 180 mm
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