- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 29 August 2013
Conclusions about the Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Blu-ray Player
I'm unfortunately very disappointed in the Panasonic DMP-BDT230. Even if it had perfect playback and incredible streaming content, I'd still be hard pressed to recommend it based on the innovation of advertising that they have built in. Other vendors that include advertising on their products, like the Amazon Kindle, let you buy one without advertising if you wish, and make you very aware you're getting it with ads. Those also aren't video ads with sound on a Kindle. Since other vendors make Blu-ray players that don't include advertising this way, I'd say to get one of those.
The bugs that are present right now only help to reinforce this decision. The bug in the colorspace menu is a big one that shouldn't have been missed, and the extra sharpening in the color data is another problem. The menu button bug adds to this, and the lack of noise reduction is something I haven't seen in any other player that I can recall.
I really am unsure what happened here, as prior Panasonic players have been great, but this one just falls well short of what I expect. The Wi-Fi performance was also poor, with issues on streaming content and a streaming interface that was slow and laggy. Blu-ray discs might look fine when you play them back, but that is the bare minimum we expect from a player and almost all of them can do that just fine. Right now I would look at other players unless we hear that Panasonic has fixed all of the bugs with another firmware update, and removed the ads at the same time.