NEW PANASONIC 2D/3D CODEFREE BDT230 Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Disc Player MultiZone Region Code Free DVD 012345678 PAL/NTSC Blu Ray Zone A/B/C. 100~240V 50/60Hz comes with EU & UK Mains plugs (2m Gold Plated 1.4 HDMi Lead)
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- BD Zone A B C, DVD Region 01 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PAL/NTSC & Multi Zone Blu Ray & Code Free DVD that works on all USA/Canada/Japan (NTSC) TVs. REALTIME built-in video converter so that you can watch your PAL DVDs on NTSC TV or your NTSC DVDs on PAL TVs. Both settings are included and you can select the type of output PAL or NTSC....connect to any TV in the world, also it is dual voltage world-wide 100~240V 50/60Hz this means that you can use it in any country on the planet 100% Guaranteed. 3D PLAYBACK OUT OF THE BOX, LATEST 3D FIRMWARE INSTALLED
- Full HD 1080p 2D & 3D Playback via HDMI, Built-in Wi-Fi & Ethernet Connectivity, VIERA Connect & Integrated Web Browser, Miracast Android Mobile Device Streaming, Full HD Upconversion & 2D-3D Conversion, Wi-Fi Certified products allow you to mix and match devices, makes setting up your network quick and easy and lets you choose the latest and greatest features and applications Supports playback of Blu-ray 3D, the latest video format Connect to the Internet to access informative features that BD-Live provides BONUSVIEW provides secondary video and audio for enhanced commentary and information Virtual package for new entertainment possibilities
- Front USB Port & SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot, Supports a Variety of Media File Formats, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Decoding, BD-Live & DLNA Certified, Once the player is connected to the Internet, you'll be able to stream content from a Mac, PC or media server. You'll also have access to online services including YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus and more. You can take advantage of Miracast as well. Miracast allows you to stream movies, TV shows, music, videos, photos and more from your Android (4.2 or higher) mobile device directly to your TV. Audio playback of HD formats Direct bitstream and multi-channel Linear PCM (LPCM) output via HDMI FLAC file playback compatibility • Audio playback of all current HD formats • Direct bitstream and multi-channel Linear PCM output via HDMI - analog 2-channel down-mixed audio output • 192kHz/32-bit audio DAC • FLAC file playback compatibility, Blu-ray Disc Java, AVCHD, JPEG Playback, MP3 Playback, Precision Cinema HD Upscale, 1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling
- Many Blu-ray discs are encoded in 3D, and this player has what it takes to deliver these wraparound visuals in crisp, clear full HD 1080p. Built-in Wi-Fi means this player works with your home network Internet connection so you can start taking advantage of everything this exceptional player has to offer. Once you're connected, you can get access to its online streaming capabilities and see online movies, videos, TV shows and sports. Get access to the Netflix movie database (with subscription), hundreds of videos on demand and create a customized radio station with Pandora. Clearly, this player can keep you entertained even before playing any of your favorite discs. For other connectivity options, the DMP-BDT230 provides an HDMI output and a digital optical audio output. There is also a front panel USB port and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, which allow you to enjoy a variety of content including photos, video and music stored on either a USB flash drive or SD/SDHC/SDXC media card. Other features include DLNA Smart Home Networking and advanced audio decoding including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.
- 100~240V 50/60Hz Auto Switching. The DMP-BDT230 is equipped with Miracast, which makes it possible to play mobile content on the big screen. With Miracast, you can stream movies, TV shows, music, videos, photos and more from your Android (4.2 or higher) mobile device directly to your TV. The DMP-BDT230 is equipped with an Internet browser, which means you can enjoy your favorite websites on your TV from the comfort of your living room. It makes surfing the web more social and it's a good way to bring friends and family closer together. 2D-3D Conversion enables conversion of 2D images on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D images with natural depth perception. Screen type (flat or round), and frame color are easily selectable. Watch your DVD movie collection in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment. This model can also convert content from VIERA Connect into 3D images. A Wi-Fi system is built right into the main unit so you can enjoy VIERA Connect and BD-Live content without having to connect the Blu-ray Disc Player with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adapter. A wireless LAN environment is required for this function. The advanced 2D image technologies of the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory have also been applied to 3D image playback, providing high quality images and lifelike 3D for images that leap off the screen with enhanced depth and texture.
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Now, watch all your favorite DVD's in 2D and 3D and region 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 PAL/NTSC + BD ZONE A/B/C with full HD 1080p. The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player supports 2D/3D Full HD 1080p video. Plus, it's compatible with Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs. And, if you have a large DVD collection, it supports upscaling to Full HD 1080p resolution and 2D-3D conversion. It also features built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, which you can use for a variety of Internet services. Panasonic Full HD 3D Blu-ray disc players offer outstanding Full HD picture quality with cutting-edge image processing technology. These slim and stylish bodies are packed with high performance. Simple yet advanced, these designs are built to match virtually any room interior. Smart connected Panasonic Blu-ray players also allow you connect to a variety of network-connectable devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, and NAS (network attached storage), and also allow you to access cloud-based services for the enjoyment of various types of content such as movies, video clips, music, and photos.
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Additional Note:- Unfortunately had to return within the 30 day period, for some unknown reason could not change codes to play Region 1 Bluray Discs, followed instructios precisely but just got "Incompatible Region" or similar notes on screen after disc had loaded. Worked fine for first few days but after that could ony play Region 2 or Region Free Discs.
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Cons: "Miracast" feature is a bit misleading, no built-in storage, poor menu system, "ads" are on by default, requires (1.40) firmware update to fix bugs
*Please note- Review is with "new" firmware 1.40. The original firmware my player shipped with caused it to hang/freeze between menus, and not play some BD movies*
I recently picked up a Panasonic 60" ST60 plasma, and was looking for a "matching" blu-ray player. I was hoping to find a "famed" 2012 Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (because of the great reviews), but was a couple of weeks too late. The store had sold out and would not be getting any more in. The new 2013 "230" model was in stock however, and after looking it over I decided to take a chance and take one home.
Setup- Setting the DMP-BDT230 up was pretty simple. In the box was a manual, remote, batteries, power cord, and the BD player itself. The player also has a good amount of inputs/outputs, and was very happy with the fact that it had SD-card and USB inputs. The player does come with ads enabled as a default (Just like my ST60), but these were easily "hidden" though the menu. The BDT230 does NOT come with built in storage (for BD Live, etc), so I was glad that I had a spare 2GB SD card lying around for me to use. Setting up netflix/vudu/hulu were simple. Just logged in my information and the apps were good to go. To download additional "apps", you must do so in the Vierra store, which unfortunately makes you sign up for a Panasonic account (if you do not already have one), even for free apps. I was not able to set up Miracast, even though I have an android device that supports the Miracast functionality. The player currently only supports the stock Android Nexus 4 phone. I find this a bit misleading, as this is listed as a major feature of this model. I personally don't care too much, as I'd probably never use the function... but others should know that their device (unless it is a stock "Google Nexus" device) will probably not be supported.
Performance- The player has a "quick boot" option that really makes it power up very fast. Switching between menus is also fairly fast, as well as playing/loading up an actual blu-ray movie. Blu-ray picture quality is superb on the BDT230. There are a lot of picture "enhancing" options, although I kept most of these off (I prefer a more pure "stock" image). Netflix and other apps are pretty quick to load, and performance is great. Built in WiFi seemed to work excellent, though I personally chose to hook up via ethernet (I always do this to get the best connection on a "streaming" device). 3D performance was also spot on, and there are a few options to dial in your preferred 3D depth/image settings. As mentioned in the header of this review, you will definitely want to update the firmware (as soon as you can) to the newest firmware. It fixes some major "bugs" people (including myself) had been having with the original "shipped" firmware. My main problem with performance is, I really wish the menu system was laid out differently. To get to Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, you have to go into the "Network Services" submenu, when I feel they should just be on the home screen. It's a minor gripe, but somewhat of an inconvenience to have to go through several menus to get to such frequently used apps/services. DLNA performance was also PAINFULLY slow (although it did find/connect to my DLNA server rather quickly). It took over 2 minutes to start playing my test movie. I actually had almost given up on connectivity, when the movie finally came on.
Value- So, is the Panasonic DMP-BDT230 worth the current asking price of $129.99? The answer is... kinda. It really depends on what you are looking for in your blu-ray player. If you are looking for a solid, quick loading, simplistic (yet stylish) 3D BD player with excellent picture quality, then I would recommend it to you. If you are looking for a little more from your blu-ray player, the BDT230 is probably not for you. The DLNA performance was very slow, Miracast won't work with most Android devices, and the apps (although performed well) are hidden behind more menus than they need to be. Therefore, I give the Panasonic DMP-BDT230 a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
BACK PANEL: When I bought this there were not yet any pictures of the back panel posted, so here's what's there: Power, HDMI, wired ethernet (wifi is built in), and optical TOSLINK. That's it. Front panel has an SD Card slot and USB. Haven't tried these yet.
NETFLIX: Netflix streaming works well. Picture quality was good, though it did drop back from the best quality to just OK a few times, but this happens with all my Netflix capable devices presumably because my internet speed is borderline. I was not delighted with the time it takes to start the Netflix app, about 30 seconds. And the app itself is not as polished as you'll see on other contemporary devices. For example, scrolling through movies thumbnails on other devices animates the scrolling, but with this player, the thumbnails are in fixed positions (no animation, just updates what is in each "slot"). It appears to ask me each time I start Netflix if I want regular or the kids version -- I wish it would remember. The UI seems to have the same elements (my queue, recommendations, popular, search) as I see on tablet apps and the website. Searching is by the painful cursor-keys-to-tap method. Not sure if there is a phone app that will pair, but failing that I'll manipulate my queue elsewhere and avoid searching on this player. So far things seem to be playing back only in stereo, not multi-channel. Not sure if this is Netflix or the player.
PLAYBACK: From what I've read, Blu-Ray playback quality is roughly equivalent on all players. I did compare DVD playback compared to my 6+ year old Panasonic DVD player which, at the time I bought it, had very good upsampling. This player did better than that one. In particular, diagonal lines didn't cause the attention-grabbing "crawling". I only have one AVCHD disc, the avsforum TV calibration disk I downloaded, and it appears to play fine. 24p playback seems to work.
Overall I'm happy with playback and Netflix. I wish my devices worked with Miracast, but I cannot fault this player for that.
SMARTPHONE REMOTE: I've downloaded the Android apps to control this Blu-Ray player. They didn't connect, but many others complain of the same problem. On the official Panasonic data sheet, it lists "Smartphone remote control" and shows that this player is not supported. I admit I'm surprised that this network-enabled player (Miracast, Netflix, etc.) isn't supported. Looks like you need to spend more for its big brother to get that feature.
DLNA: I already have a DLNA server in my house with music and movies. The Blu-Ray player was able to play back both music and movies. But I'll never do that because the UI is S-L-O-W. In fact, I assumed it wasn't going to play back a movie but more than a minute after I'd pressed OK it started playing.
NETFLIX: It *does* play back in multichannel audio with the right movie. And I've timed it at 25 seconds to launch the Netflix app.
I've reduced my rating to 4 stars because this player seems to be perfectly fine at playing discs and Netflix (with some Netflix UI quirks), the other features seem more like checked boxes rather than realistically usable, especially compared to the competition of Apple TVs, Roku, and Plex. In other words, I don't expect many folks will actually use the DLNA player, web browser, etc. And they shouldn't -- Panasonic needs to raise it's game to the level of the competition.
Some more timings: From the menu to Blu-Ray (The Matrix) playing, 21 seconds. From the DLNA player, 2 minutes from pressing Play to when the movie starts (yes, 2 minutes!). This is over wifi; no there's no indication it's doing anything or buffering. For comparison, Plex on a tablet will start playing the same movie in 8 seconds.
I've posted an image of the DLNA browser, which shows just 5 entries per screen and takes a long time (maybe 10 seconds) between screens.
The UI has locked up twice now requiring me to pull the plug to reboot -- that's what I get for being an early adopter. Also, I notice that last year's equivalent model, the 220, was controllable via a smartphone app. This year, neither the 230 or 330 are listed as having this feature. Hmm -- perhaps this will change with future firmware.
The BDT-230 is stripped of all the advanced A/V settings of its predecessor. The settings for chroma level, gamma level, 3D noise reduction (which is important), super resolution (an independent upscaler only for SD content), detail clarity (a universal scaler), sound effect remasters (there were settings for night surround, among others) and the 24p for network sources have been removed. Also, from a hardware perspective, there are ZERO audio output options other than the single HDMI port. NONE, not even analog audio out (red and white jacks). For that matter, there isn't even an AV cable included, because there are only 4 ports on the entire unit -- HDMI, AC power, Ethernet on the rear, and USB on the front. There are no analog jacks at all. Its predecessor had ports for HDMI, AC power, Ethernet, analog AV out, analog AV in, optical audio and 2 USB ports.
Considering that this model is the next in the same model line, I'm shocked and disheartened that Panasonic has really stripped this model way, way down and is charging the same price. There are only 3 "enhancements" to this model: a minimal web browser, DTS Neo-6 (remixes 2 channel sound to 5.1, actually a decent feature) and a much smoother user interface (it looks the same, but has a sharper font and loads much more quickly, especially for network content).
+ Smooth, responsive user interface
+ Disc based content plays without issue
- Stripped of *ALL* advanced audio/video settings
- Zero audio output options, not even analog out
- No 24p for network apps
- Loud optical drive, sounds like a weed whacker when initially loading a disc
To be honest, if the BDT-220 did not exist, I would not have a big issue with the BDT-230. It plays all content well, and the average Joe who doesn't calibrate will be happy with everything that it does. But the problem is, its predecessor DID exist, it was the same price (I actually got it for well less than its MSRP), and this year's model has the same MSRP and has been stripped of the aforementioned features. Considering that there are units from other manufacturers that have similar feature sets for much less money, you're probably better off getting one of those models than paying more for this one. And if you have a BDT-220 that needs replacing, unfortunately you're out of luck, as that model is now going for nearly $300 from re-sellers on the net.
***UPDATE***: Less than a month after using this unit, I got an error message regarding the Wi-Fi adapter (which is internal). "The Wireless LAN adapter has been removed. Unable to connect. Please insert compatible Wirelss LAN adapter in USB port." The wireless adapter is internal and can't be removed manually. I'm going down to 1 star from 2. Avoid this unit like the plague.
The player was freezing up playing back discs and would continually disconnect from the homes wireless network, even when other gear in the rack was still connected. The player would have to be unplugged to resolve the issues each time.
I called Panasonic to get the unit replaced as it was brand new. I was told they wouldn't replace it. Two different supervisors told me I had to pay to ship it to a repair facility in Texas. When I said that wasn't acceptable as the unit was defective out of the box and that I couldn't sellna repaired unit as new. Not to mention that paying to ship it would drive my cost over the units retail price. I was told, sorry can't help you. My rep said they have the same issue, if a unit is defective they have to pay to ship it in and have it repaired as Panasonic won't accept defective units back. So beware if you purchase from Panasonic as you may have to pay to get a new piece repaired if it's defective or you may be getting one that's been repaired as most dealers won't eat the loss as I am.