DMP-BDT500 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/dmp-bdt500/all en-GB Panasonic DMP-BDT500 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-bdt500/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BDT500 is Blu-ray luxury but is it worth spending the best part of £300 on? We watched film after film after film to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pansonic-DMP-BDT500-review-main-2.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-press-2_4.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flagship Blu-ray kit used to cost a fortune: five years ago, Panasonic’s top-spec&nbsp;DMP-BD10 cost a formidable £1300. 2012’s premium Panny is a teensy bit more&nbsp;affordable, yet its £275 tag is still steep when a perfectly acceptable Blu-ray player can now be yours for £100 or less. So is the DMP-BDT500 really worth the cash, or is it a luxury you can afford to do&nbsp;without?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £275.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fantastic picture in both 2D and 3D </div> <div class="field-item even"> Commanding sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s far from sleek </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unwieldy, frustrating remote control </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bulky design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The DMP-BDT500 is a large, heavy player by 2012 standards, though in&nbsp;fairness its deep chassis means there's plenty of space for an extensive socket fit. For&nbsp;example, the BDT550 is one of the few Blu-ray players that's still suitable for&nbsp;use with older generations of AV amplifier, by virtue of its fitted 7.1channel&nbsp;analogue outputs. Its brushed metal trim and substantial fold-down front-panel&nbsp;flap do seem a little old-fashioned, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="372" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-press-4.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds different </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panasonic has worked hard to optimise the DMP-BDT500’s sonic abilities.&nbsp;The player includes four 32-bit/192kHz DACs for its 7.1-channel outputs&nbsp;plus, unusually, the ability to fine-tune its tonal balance by selecting from one&nbsp;of six ‘Digital Tube Sound’ audio presets. In theory, these allow the player to&nbsp;mimic valve amplifiers, by introducing a warm, full-bodied balance to the sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pixel perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The DMP-BDT500’s video outputs are almost as well catered for. It provides twin&nbsp;3D-capable HDMI sockets, one of which can be selected as a dedicated audio&nbsp;output for use with older AV receivers (and, in theory, for better performance).&nbsp;And Panny has also thrown in the option of selecting sharpness-boosting Detail Clarity and Super&nbsp;Resolution technologies from the menu.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-hands-on_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Control needs some thought </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The DMP-BDT500’s remote handset is a bit weird. For one thing, it’s&nbsp;huge: we’ve got big hands (well, some of us have) and even so, this thing looks&nbsp;oversized. But more that, it’s unusual because it’s neither a conventional button-&nbsp;based handset or a touchpad, but a hybrid of the two.</p> <p>Given that the touchpad&nbsp;is approximate to the point of frustration, it’s a good thing that traditional hard&nbsp;keys are fitted too – but all the same, we’d use Panasonic’s free control app&nbsp;instead. It’s miles better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-controller_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-app-control_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picture and sound quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So does the DMP-BDT500 live up to the hype? Hells yes: its picture is terrific in&nbsp;both 3D and 2D, and with both Blu-ray and DVD. Motion looks slick, colours&nbsp;and contrasts pop off the screen and even with web-fed content (it&nbsp;supports iPlayer and Netflix, among others) the lack of&nbsp;video noise on show is impressive. As to sound… well, we’re not especially taken with the&nbsp;Digital Tube Sound options, but in raw, unadulterated form, the DMP-BDT500’s&nbsp;presentation is excellent – full of power and authority.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The DMP-BDT500 is a niche Blu-ray player in some senses. If you don’t own&nbsp;home cinema kit and simply want to connect to a TV set, its extensive audio&nbsp;adjustment options aren’t necessary: save your money and buy a cheaper&nbsp;Panasonic. The same’s true if you’re not into music, or prefer to use a separate&nbsp;component for music replay. But if you want one deck to do the lot, it’s a must-try.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="335" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-press-5.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brilliant in almost every way, the DMP-BDT500 is one of the finest Blu-ray&nbsp;players ever</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/panasonic-dmp-bdt500 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-bdt500/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD DMP-BDT500 Panasonic Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 423061 at http://www.stuff.tv