Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB review
|Review: May 2016|
In a nutshell: The Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB 3D Blu-Ray player is a good choice if you don't need a Wi-Fi connection. This model offers excellent picture quality, with 4K upscaling of Blu-Ray disks, and upscaling of DVDs to Full HD. A wide range of audio formats is supported too. In addition, the ethernet port allows connection to the internet for access to the BBC iPlayer, as well as Netflix and YouTube.
Design & looks
Panasonic's 2016 range of Blu-Ray players don't look very different to their 2015 counterparts, and the DMP-BDT180EB looks very similar to the DMP-BDT170EB. It's a glossy black box with curved corners and bevelled edges, with a sleek look, but broadly similar to every other entry-level disk player. The "4K" logo is displayed prominently on the front, ensuring everyone knows that you have an up-to-date product.
The DMP-BDT180 is lifted above other entry-level Blu-ray players by its ability to upscale Blu-Rays to 4K, and DVDs to 1080p HD quality. It's a fine player, built on Panasonic's outstanding image-processing technology, with features like Deep Colour Output to deliver the richest possible visual experience.
Audio quality is good too, and the device supports a wide range of high resolution audio formats and audio processing with Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. Audio output is via the single HDMI output. Supported audio file types include MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, ALAC, FLAC, and DSD.
The player is versatile in terms of the types of disks it can play. It plays both 2D and 3D disks, with 2D to 3D conversion possible. As well as BD-ROM and BD-Video, it includes support for BD-RE, BD-RE DL, BD-R, BD-R DL, BDAV, and BDMV formats.
Playback of DVD disks is supported, including DVD-RW/-R/-R DL. The player will also play CDs, including CD-R, CD-RW and CD-DA.
Panasonic's version of Smart TV isn't quite up to the standard of Samsung's, but it includes catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, as well as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa Web Album and AccuWeather apps.
Panasonic's app store lets you download additional apps, and the system also includes a full web browser, although this isn't easy to use without a keyboard.
To access any of these services, you'll need to connect the device to the internet using an ethernet cable.
The DMP-BDT180 misses out on Wi-Fi, but it does include an ethernet port for network connection. A HDMI output is used to connect the box to your TV, and you'll also find a USB port for connecting an external hard drive, memory stick, or other USB-equipped device. The box is DLNA-certified and can stream music, photos and video from connected devices to your TV screen and speakers.
Conclusion - excellent for disk playback
The DMP-BDT180's key strength is in playback of Blu-ray and DVD disks. With class-leading image processing, and 4K upscaling of Blu-ray disks, it does the core job of any Blu-Ray player exceptionally well. A very wide range of formats is supported, including 3D disks.
The device is less competitive when it comes to smart networking. Although it includes a number of key Smart TV functions, it doesn't offer everything that the likes of Samsung and Sony include, and it relies on an ethernet connection instead of the convenience of Wi-Fi. It does, however, allow streaming of content from PCs and laptops on your home network, as well as connected USB devices.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB is reasonably priced, and it offers good mid-range functionality. The slightly more expensive Panasonic DMP-BDT280EB includes the flexibility of a Wi-Fi connection, but if you're sure you won't want that, then the 180EB is an excellent choice.
Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB features include:
- Playable disks: Blu-Ray (including 3D), DVD, CD
- 1080p/4K upscaling
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
- Smart apps: BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix
- Connectivity: HDMI, ethernet, USB 2.0, VIERA Link, DLNA
- External HDD playback
- Power consumption: 13W
- Size (H x W x D): 43 x 312 x 180 mm
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How do I connect this player to the tv?
Asked by bruce
on 29th Jul 2018
I have a Samsung LE40N73bd tv.
Can this player play copied or pirated bd disc?
Asked by John
on 13th May 2018
Keeps saying disc incompatible does this have to be connected to broadband?
Asked by Maureen Birnie
on 20th Mar 2018
Certainly not easy to connect to my Panasonic tv help please??
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