If you thought the cheaper BD65 was a little light on the feature front, you can consider the DMP-BD85 to be Panasonic’s full-fat budget Blu-ray player.
There’s a whole raft of features and technologies that the company has reserved for this deck. Extra functionality includes DLNA compatibility and a set of multichannel analogue outputs – useful if your home cinema amplifier is missing HDMI inputs.
Wi-Fi's also included, but isn’t integrated into the machine. Instead, Panasonic includes its own, slightly clumsy and frankly ugly-looking wireless adaptor. Other extras include an additional USB input on the front of the machine and a coaxial digital output.
Panasonic's also made a point of equipping the BD85 with advanced picture and sound processing that you won’t find in its cheaper sibling.
Spin a couple of Blu-ray movies and it’s immediately clear that the BD85 is a cut above the cheaper Panasonic. It produces a super-sharp image with depth and realism.
Kickin' it standard def
It’s a similar story with DVD. The BD85 does a fine job of presenting characters, costumes and backgrounds with very precision.
While the DMP-BD85 is one of Panasonic's more expensive budget players, it’s undoubtedly worth the extra.
It may be on the premium side of budget, but the BD85 is well worth the extra cash