Panasonic’s top-end player comes with a hefty price tag, but if you can stump up that sort of cash you’ll be rewarded with a glut of features and super-stylish design.
The DMP-BDT330 is simply stunning, boasting a brushed silver finish, mirrored panels and angled sides. On the back are plentiful connections including two HDMI outputs (allowing you to feed a TV and sound system separately, or two displays at once), optical digital out and Ethernet. An SD card slot and two USB ports adorn the front panel for media playback.
Feature highlights include Viera Connect, which counts BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube among its many web apps (although Samsung still has the upper hand on content) alongside 4K (3840x2160) upscaling on compatible TVs, Miracast for viewing the Android phones’ displays on a TV and 3D playback. Built-in wi-fi lets you stream files over a network wirelessly.
Picture quality is superb in 2D and 3D, while its smooth ‘one-touch’ on-screen menus make navigation a joy. It’s one of the best Blu-ray players around, but if you want the best you have to pay for it.