- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 06 October 2011
The Panasonic DMP-BDT210 3D Blu-ray Player On The Bench
On our standard Blu-ray Benchmark, the 210 performed very well overall. It did have some issues with 2:2 and mixed film and video content that would come up. Switching the progressive mode from Auto to Video would fix the mixed content, but would cause film content to no longer deinterlace correctly, and as this content often occurs during mostly film content, that meant that it failed. I also couldn’t get the noise reduction options to have any effect on mosquito or block noise with Blu-ray content.
On one of the CUE tests, using the Advanced Chroma feature would eliminate the noise that was clearly visible on the screen. However, using this feature causes the HDMI output to no longer be bit-perfect, so I can’t really recommend enabling this and therefore it failed this CUE test. The one surprise was a visible pause during the layer change test on a DVD, which often is not visible on Blu-ray players but was here. Overall the Panasonic did very well on the bench tests.
On our HDMI Bench Tests, I’m very happy to say that the Panasonic was perfect at 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and RGB colorspaces. The one note on this is that the picture options (found during playback by hitting the Display button, not in the main menus) must be in Standard mode, with Enhanced Chroma disabled. I must say I don’t understand why companies put these options in there, and separate them from the rest of the video option in the Setup screens. When any of these options were changed, the video that was being output was no longer correct.
They all affected the image in different ways, and I’ve attached the data for the RGB results for 3 different combinations so you can see, but only the Normal-Off resulted in correct data. On the chart you’ll see RGB data first, for the different picture and advance chroma options, and then YCbCr results for Normal Picture mode with Advanced Chroma Off.
As before, we’d say if you want a picture with more punch or something else than a neutral Rec. 709 standard, to make those changes in your display and not have a source to output them incorrectly. I also wish that vendors would include better notes in the manual about what these modes actually do, instead of leaving the consumer to guess. The fact that modes on players called “Cinema”, “Movie”, or “Theater” are also always incorrect just leads to even more confusion, since the initial reaction would likely be to choose one of those modes if you have a dedicated theater room.
With our standard load time tests, the Panasonic is quicker than any other player I have used to date, including the Oppo player. I made sure to disable the Quick On feature as I don’t like devices to suck up extra power when they don’t need to, but it was still very quick and responsive from the Off state.
Here you can see the effect of the Tube Sound effects on a 1 kHz test tone. The response without the effects is pretty nice overall.
The IMD test is much more revealing. Tube 1 adds a lot of noise, and I found it to be very narrow and recessed in soundstage. Tube 2 sounds much different than 1, and closer to the regular sound, but still has it’s own character. I didn’t measure all six tube effects, but just a couple to give you an example of what it does. You can listen for yourself and decide what you think of it.