The folks over at CNET aren’t wasting a moment getting to know Panasonic’s latest Blu-ray player, so why should you? Reviewers started off by praising Panny for getting a Profile 1.1-compliant player out before the actual deadline, and minor gripes about the DMP-BD10A (namely, the remote and the fold-down door) have been addressed satisfactorily. Additionally, it was noted that audiophiles would find lots to love courtesy of its ability to output DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD soundtracks in bitstream format, and sticklers for image quality are likely to be equally impressed. Put simply, this unit “performed excellently by properly deinterlacing 1080i signals to 1080p without artifacts or jaggies,” and it managed to measure up quite well with other highly-regarded BD players when playing back films. All in all, the BD30 was awarded a 7.4 out of 10 rating, and we’re pretty certain that adding an Ethernet jack and built-in decoders for high-resolution audio formats would’ve made this thing even more attractive.
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