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Panasonic's DMP-BD70V puts Blu-ray, VHS playback in a single box - CNET

Well it turns out there are still people with massive libraries of VHS tapes who have Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player the financial wherewithal nor the inclination to re-purchase this library on Blu-ray Discs or even DVD. And some of these folks have purchased large screen HDTVs which only serve to magnify the flaws of the resolution-challenged VHS format. What if you could buy a player that not only makes the most out of new Blu-ray Discs with their lossless sound and p high definition picture, but it also actually performed advanced high definition upconversion on your old collection of VHS classics so they look eminently watchable on that inch flat panel TV?


And it's important to note that this is in fact a player only. There is no recording function, neither on the Blu-ray deck nor on the VHS side.

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It also plays and upconverts to p regular or home-made DVDs, and it plays back standard music CDs as well. There are a couple of missed opportunities here however.

Panasonic's DMP-BD70V puts Blu-ray, VHS playback in a single box

Doing so would have made it a more flexible and more powerful media player. This is not an issue to those who buy store-bought VHS tapes, but it can be relevant for Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player video hobbyists who may have a collection of home-made S-VHS tapes. For me, network set-up was also a breeze. You will need to plug a network cable into its RJ45 network port if you want to take advantage of fun stuff like YouTube, Picasa, Weather and Stock widgets, automatic firmware updates and BD-Live. If you'd like to add WiFi capabilities, you can do so via a wireless bridge or wireless gaming adapter.

See our forum article for some specific suggestions on adding WiFi to your Blu-ray Player. Connecting the BD70V to my review system did prove to be a bit problematic however. So it's the combination of player and switch that seems to cause the problem.

For the purposes of the review, I bypassed the switch and plugged directly into the receiver which worked fine. Without one, the BD-Live feature will not work.

It would be nice if the unit had at least one gigabyte of on-board storage like Samsung's BD-Por if Panasonic would include an SD card in the box as I'm sure more than one new Blu-ray owner has been disappointed when trying to use BD-Live only to learn that an additional purchase Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player required. YouTube content varied in quality but was generally pretty watchable, even in full screen mode.

But this is more a limitation of the source material than anything else. Amazon's Video-on-Demand is expected later this Summer. Panasonic reps tell us Amazon Movies on Demand will be available on the players later this Summer via a firmware upgrade. It's important to realize that the p Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player process isn't going to magically turn your 4: The player will upconvert the VHS signal to p, but you'll still get grey or black bars on the right and left of your screen.

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Using the submenu button on the Panasonic remote, you can zoom in or stretch the image to fill the screen, but either way you will be missing part of the picture. If you happen to own any widescreen VHS tapes, you can zoom Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player in to fill the screen and this will not lose any picture information or distort the image, but the results are going to be pretty grainy and not too pretty as you're taking a very low resolution Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player signal and making it larger which only makes it look worse.

On regular full screen 4: I put on a Scooby Doo movie for the kids and noticed how color bleed was virtually non-existent, video noise was dramatically lower and black levels appeared richer than they ever had before. Again, this ain't Blu-ray, but it may be the best your VHS tapes have ever looked or will ever look. As for the sound, some older tapes did have mild tracking issues which caused a slight buzz in the audio but this varied from tape to tape.

Newer store-bought tapes suffered the least from this effect. It seems to be much more in line with the garden variety inexpensive VCRs that were sold toward the end of the format's lifespan.

We did try a second sample of the BD70V after publishing this review and found that it was better at tracking old tapes than the original player so it's possible that there is some sample to sample variation Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player. Other tests such as the jaggies Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player and video resolution loss test passed with nary a hiccup suggesting that the player has a good diagonal filter and is perfectly capable of de-interlacing the full resolution of p content when retrieved from a i Blu-ray Disc.


Continuing on to the DVD version of the HQV test, the player continued its winning streak, with excellent reproduction of the jaggies tests both in the single rotating line and the three moving line segments tests. On the film resolution loss test, the player locked to the underlying 3:Find great deals for Panasonic DMP-BD70V Blu-Ray Player. Shop with confidence on eBay! Obtain product support for Panasonic DMP-BD70VK Blu-ray Disc combo with Panasonic DMP-BD70P Blu-ray Player Cast PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus.

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