Identical to the DMP-BD35, the design of the DMP-BD60 is less sleek and glossy looking than its competitors. The disc loading tray is located in the middle of the front panel. The controls are revealed by a flip down panel on the right side of the player. Behind the flip down panel is a SD Card Slot and a USB Port. The user interface is easy to use and should present no problems navigation the player's features and functions. The no frills design plan seems to emphasis the fact, the DMP-BD60 was not built to look pretty but to get the job done. Which is producing great looking images.
Video Quality: The video quality of the DMP-BD60 is where it excels and out performs many of its competitors. There is a HDMI connection is capable of outputting 1080p High Definition video. Other video connections are Component Video Outputs and Composite Video Output. Connecting via HDMI will give you the best possible image when playing either Blu-rays or DVDs. Panasonic puts equally amount of attention to SD playback as it does to HD playback. Which is nice to have and very rare to find in a Blu-ray Player. So there is no need to get rid of your old DVDs. They will look and sound better than ever before.
The DMP-BD60 is equipped with some powerful video features. One such video feature is the UniPhier single chip LSI which is able to produce excellent picture quality. The most potent aspect of the UniPhier is the P4HD. It processes and optimizes over 15 billion pixels per second. And it can support all of the major video elements such as 16 level motion detection, diagonal processing and 1080p DVD up-scaling. The player also processes Panasonic's PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus. Which handles and corrects every single pixel to make sure it produces the most original color reproduction possible.
Audio Quality: The Audio connections for the DMP-BD60 are the HDMI Output, a Optical Digital Output and 2.0-ch Analog Outputs. It has internal audio decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential. Meaning it can decode these audio formats to be played back on most HDMI enabled audio/video receivers. If you choose to have your audio/video receiver do the decoding, bitstream output is supported.
There is a Ethernet Port to connect to the internet located on the back of the player. This will provide you with access to any BD-Live content you can download on selected Blu-ray Movies. A USB storage device or SD Card is required for any download BD-Live content. You can also access Panasonic's Viera Cast (YouTube, Picasa, and Amazon On Demand). Unfortunately, there is no Netflix support, which may not appeal to many consumers.
The DMP-BD60 does not have many extra features compared to other Blu-ray Players. You will have to look elsewhere if you want Wi-Fi connectivity, internal storage memory or Netflix streaming. The DMP-BD60 puts all of its effort into bringing you the best possible Blu-ray image performance. And on that level it does not disappoint.
THE PROS: While lacking in some of the features of its competitors, The Panasonic DMP-BD60, more than makes up for that in its unbelievably clear and crisp images and stable Blu-ray playback. It has Built-in decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential and Viera Cast access to YouTube, Picasa, and Amazon On Demand. It is inexpensive, easy to use, Convenient, Compact and Durable.
THE CONS: Does not have Wi-Fi capability. Does not have Netflix streaming or any internal memory storage. While it does have a Quick Start Mode, its operational speed time is slower when compared to other newer Blu-ray DVD Players.
THE FINAL WORD: Granted it does not have many features that its competitors offer, the Panasonic DMP-BD60 does have excellent image quality and stable playback of Blu-ray discs and DVD discs. No other Blu-ray Player, in this price range, can out perform the DMP-BD60 when it comes to video and audio quality. -- Price you should look for when purchasing -- Under $190.00