After scrapping my old dvd player i decided to go with a blu ray player, there are so many out there ranging from £100 to £600 and i hit the internet hard to check the reviews, finally i came across the Panasonic DMP-BD30EG-K which was priced at the lower end i think i paid £130 from ARGOS. It is a good player for your money it upscales your standard DVD's to almost same quality as some Blu Ray discs (I didnt realise blu ray players did this) Plays Divx, but due to High Speed, quality processor they can appear jerky when film scenes 'Pan or Zoom' on some discs (shows up any defects on your downloads) but I got a high speed cable that didnt cost allot but improved the picture quality, I still think it depends on the movie you are watching and what film company has made that film, I know it sounds mad but I have watched action films that were jerky and action film that didnt jerk once both were running at the same speed??
Needless to say Blu Ray discs are top class when the bigger budget Films have good effects on them but due to good upscaling average films don't appear that much better than standard DVD's. Being Panasonic it also plays your RAM discs to really top class. Only minus point is it can take several seconds to read and play a Blu Ray disc when first inserted, but i have noticed in many reviews that the load time on the cheaper models can be a little longer, i dont mean 5 mins but a few seconds so do you your home work and check other reviews, I came to the conclusion that this player loaded allot faster than others in its price range.
Overall the player does the job and plays my dvd's well and as for the sound quality i very rarely get to play the tv loud due to only being able to watch my movies when everyone else is in bed....kids who would have em hey!!
I purchased this in may of last year, along with a panasonic pz81 plasma tv, and there are not enough superlatives to do this machine justice! Watching aninated ffilms, such as cars, ratatouille and ice age really does bring out the sharpness and detail that you would not see in a normal SD DVD player. The balcks really are black and , coupled with a good HDMI cable really does give the player a three-dimensional image.
Used with a panasonic tv, there is another bonus: the tv remote will operate the blu ray player as well, so there is no need to have remotes stuffed down the sofa!
curiosity made me see what the upscaling was like on my old SD set which i still have and it upsclaed to 1080p with ease.
Simply put, this £200 player has features that would grace a machine that would cost three times that.
This machine sets the benchmark for a price bracket that will be very hard to beat.