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Panasonic DMP-BDT310 review

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Price when reviewed : £215
inc VAT

If you've got an older HDMI 1.3 or earlier amp, but have a 3D TV, this is the player for you.

It might not be the cheapest Blu-ray player than you can buy, but Panasonic has built some clever features into the DMP-BDT310 that may just make it the player for some people.

For starters, there are two HDMI outputs on the rear. One is an HDMI 1.4 port, capable of carrying 3D video; the other one is an HDMI 1.3 port, which is just for carrying HD audio to an old amp that doesn’t have HDMI 1.4 inputs. If you’ve got a decent old amp and don’t want to have to upgrade it, then this is the player for you.

Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Back

This player also has Panasonic’s High Clarity Sound mode, which disables the analogue video output to stop any potential interference it may cause to a Blu-ray disc’s audio. Hi-Fi purists will love having this feature, but we couldn’t hear any difference.

Performance of a player is incredibly important and Panasonic has worked hard on this year’s models to make them faster. For staretrs, there’s a touch-free sensor on top that you wave your hand over to quickly open the disc tray. To be honest, this is more of a gimmick than must have feature and the easily accessible Eject buttons on the player and remote are probably more useful.

Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Remote control

What’s not a gimmick is performance. From power-off, we managed to insert a disc and load it in just 25 seconds. This is reduced to 19 seconds when the player is already turned on. Suffice to say that as Blu-ray players go this one is very quick.

When you power the player on you get Panasonic’s brand-new menu system. This uses large icons for all of the features, arranged in a cross. All you do is hit the corresponding cursor key to select the option you want. It’s much more intuitive than regular systems and responds very quickly. We like the way that you can customise the screens with a photo of your choice, too.

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Price £215
Rating ****

Buying Information

Price £215
Warranty one year RTB

Features and Connections

Blu-ray profile 2.0
HDMI outputs 2
HDMI Version 1.4
Component outputs 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 1
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless standard 802.11n
USB ports 2
Mass storage support yes
Supported memory cards SDHC
Other connections none
BD Live storage USB

Video, Audio and Photo

Video playback formats DivX, XviD, MKV, AVCHD, MPEG2
Image viewing formats JPEG
Audio playback formats MP3
YouTube streaming yes


Dynamic Range Control yes
Dolby TrueHD support yes
DTS-HD MA support yes


Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 6W
Size 430x179x35mmmm

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