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So after our dvd player broke we decided that rather than buy another dvd player it would be more worthwhile to enter the world of blu ray. Our main motivating factor for buying this blu ray player was price point, we paid £59.99 and thought that was a goodprice especially with it being panasonic.
The player looks great, slimline with no garish branding or stickers everywhere. We set it up with a bog standard HDMI cable, the startup menus were easy to complete and the whole thing from start to finish was less than 15 minutes. The controls provided aee simple and clear and all menus are easy to navigate.
Firstly it will upscale standard dvds, I find the picture little changed from our standard dvd player. However the blu ray picture ia great (we have the full 1080p television). It copes well with most action scenes although we have notice some minor ghosting on high action scenes and occasionally when panning. This is barely noticeable and wouldnt put me off purchasing again.
I think this blu ray player is suited to those who want great picture quality at an affordable price. However of your afyer mind blowing image quality maybe a more expensive blu ray player would offer this. I find the only thing I thimk this player really lacks is wi fi, as it would be more convenient for updating software etc.
Just over 12 months ago my sister alerted me to the fact that Barclaycard were going to change their criteria for claiming vouchers. We had been saving our points to treat ourselves to something for the house and the change that was coming meant that our accrued points would soon only be worth half of what they were worth at the time.
We then did two things - firstly we changed our credit card to a Tesco one and secondly we withdrew our points in the form of Curry's vouchers before the change came into effect.
We took a look round Curry's to see what we wanted as our treat and hubby really fancied a Blu-ray player so I let him chose the one he fancied. Personally I didn't see the point as we had a perfectly good DVD player and Blu-ray discs were going to be more expensive to buy and I wasn't expecting to see any difference in the quality of the picture.
I have read the description of Blu-ray and how it works to see if this would convince me but it is all a bit too technical for me I'm afraid so I left it to Dave to choose the one that he wanted.
The one that he chose was the Panasonic DMP BD45EB-K which currently retails for £115.99 on Amazon although I think we paid more like £90 for ours. We already had a Panasonic TV which is excellent so this had some bearing on the choice of Panasonic as the brand to go for.
The player is nice and slim - it only has to fit a Blu-ray disc in it after all - and weighs just 1.9kg so it was light enough to carry easily from the shop to the car. It comes with a fairly standard infra red remote control and of course full instructions for the set up and use of the machine. The dimensions for those of you who are interested are 43 cm x 20.7 cm x 4.9 cm.
We were also given a voucher to claim three free Blu-ray discs which were Avatar, The Incredible Mr Fox and Minority Report.
When we got the player home Dave set it up as he is the technical one of the two of us although, to be honest, it was just a matter of plugging it into the wall and the TV and that was it - all ready to go.
To use the player you just press the button on the front to switch it on (or use the button on the remote control) and a message of welcome immediately passes across the display. The drawer then opens, you put in the disc and Bob's your uncle - settle down with the popcorn.
When the disc is finished the drawer opens for you to remove it and then you can switch off the machine using the same button as you used to switch it on.
The player plays Blu-ray discs (obviously!) but it will also play ordinary DVDs and has technology to 'upscale' them in order to improve the quality of the sound and picture.
I have to say that the quality of both the Blu-ray discs and the DVDs that we have played has been excellent with clear, well defined pictures and sharp sound.
That said I am afraid I cannot tell the difference between Blu-ray discs and DVDs so, although the player is excellent, I wouldn't have bothered buying it - I would have stuck to DVDs. I do wonder if it is all a bit like the 'King's New Clothes' in that we are told what to see and therefore that is what we do see. If any of you disagree do feel free to leave me a comment explaining the error of my ways!
I will give the player a rating of 5 stars because it is an excellent piece of kit even though I wouldn't have bought it myself.