Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Review

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The DMP-BDT220 earns accolades for overall value from experts, and we can see why. This 3D Blu-ray player seems to have far fewer problems streaming video than some other budget players, it loads discs quickly, it's Wi-Fi ready, and the interface is user-friendly.

It's clear from the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 reviews we read that this Blu-ray player deserves a spot at the top of our list. CNET's Panasonic DMP-BDT220 review assigns it the "best value" moniker for 2012, citing the model's many features and sub-$150 price, not to mention its excellent video quality. The well-designed interface earns a shout-out in the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 review by Tech Review Source as does what consumers refer to in their Panasonic DMP-BDT220 reviews at Amazon as the easy set up. Additionally, users say the Wi-Fi capability seems to outperform the wireless connectivity on other budget Blu-rays, although several report the device has some difficulty maintaining a network connection. Users like the speed at which discs load, display menus, and eject, and the stable streaming and crisp, clear, and vibrant playback also draw oohs and aahs.

Compared to other lower-cost Blu-ray players, the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (starting at $130, Amazon) is loaded with features. It's got built-in Wi-Fi and 3D capabilities and supports a variety of streaming services, including Netflix, Skype, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, CinemaNow, as well as DLNA streaming from a PC. The player also supports the usual array of audio formats, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital True HD, DTS, and DTS-HD, and is compatible with Skype. For connectivity, the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is outfitted with an HDMI port, an audio optical out port, an Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and two USB 2.0 ports. One demerit: no support for subscription music services.

It's a pleasant surprise to find a feature-rich and high-performance Blu-ray player like the DMP-BDT220 for less than $150. These days most Blu-rays can play back sharp-looking video but all too many budget players suffer from a variety of ills, like not being able to recognize discs and problems with streaming services. We came across very few complaints in PanasonicDMP-BDT220 reviews, which, for the most part, are packed with words of praise. This is the cheap Blu-ray player to beat.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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