Panasonic DMP-BD85K Blu-Ray Disc Player Review

Either you are looking for your first digital disc player, or you are shopping for a replacement for your old DVD player, there is no better choice than the new Panasonic DMP-BD85 WiFi blu ray player.

Panasonic DMP BD85 is the top of the line blu-ray player Panasonic introduced this year as a replacement for best-selling DMP BD80 model.

Panasonic DMP-BD85KIt was announced in the beginning of this year along with its younger non-wireless brothers BD45 and BD65.

DMP BD85K offers improved image and sound quality, as well as innovative network functions. And the network functionality is what matters now.

Because these days blu ray and DVD discs are just one source of video content for your entertainment.

Features of Panasonic DMP-BD85

Multiple Content Sources

Historically people used computers to access video sharing and rental sites like Netflix or YouTube. The playback of this content was also limited to computer.

If you wanted to watch it on bigger screen, you had to physically move your computer to your living room where your TV is located so that you could connect your PC or Mac to your big screen.

Not too convenient, isn’t it?

Now this problem is solved. Panasonic DMP BD85 wireless BD player connects to internet and streams the video content.

Stream, Rent, Buy Content Online

At this point Panasonic DMP BD85 wireless bluray player has access to several online media providers:

  • Amazon Video On Demand service provides you with lots of TV shows and films you can rent or purchase
  • Netflix subscription service offers lets you stream movies films directly to your wireless media player/ TV
  • Bloomberg Television business and financial news channel
  • YouTube video sharing website
  • Picasa photo sharing web site

WiFi Connectivity

Panasonic DMP-BD85 remotePanasonic DMP-BD85 comes with 802.11a/b/g/n standard USB wireless adapter that plugs in its USB port. You can even use the extension cord and put the wireless adapter in location with stronger signal.

Wireless connection is very easy to establish in both Mac/Airport Extreme, and Windows wireless networks. 10 minutes after unpacking your DMP-BD85 is online.

You can also connect DMP-BD85 to your network with Ethernet cable as it has also a LAN port.

Outstanding Video Playback Quality

Experts say that this BD player offers stunning blu ray playback picture quality with lots of details and natural colours.

The color palette is clear and vibrant, the flesh tones still are crisp and accurate, and close-ups are remarkably detailed. Artefacts like jaggies, judder, or noise are not present.

You can get even more satisfaction than before from watching DVDs from your existing collection as Panasonic DMP-BD85 player does excellent job upscaling DVD movies to 1080p.

The secret behind the awesome picture quality is innovative Motion Adaptive Chroma Upsampler.

You will get the best image quality using HDMI (HDMI cable should be purchased separately), but you can also connect the player using component or composite video outputs.

Enhancements In Audio Department

DMP-BD85 marvelously delivers films soundtracks.

If you are using 5.1 or 7.1 surround system, sound effects will put you in the center of the action. The system delivers clear and distinct rear channel presence. The sound effects are astonishing, be it car chase scenes, gunfire, or explosions.

You will definitely notice the warmth of sound in player delivery – it is Digital Tube Sound Simulator in action. Panasonic has developed this technology trying to model warm sound quality we are used to associate with vacuum tube amplifiers.

Panasonic provides several audio connectivity options for every home theater setup. There are analogue stereo, coaxial/optical digital audio outputs and gold-plated 7.1-channel analogue outs.

DLNA Features and Internet Radio

One of the few cons of Panasonic DMP BD85 is that DLNA features are NOT present in this device, and there are no music services like Pandora available.

DLNA function means that device can play video and audio content from your networked hard disk or from your PC.

You can see a “coming soon” block on the player network function menu screens, which means this feature is coming soon with future firmware updates. European DMP-BD85 model already has DLNA feature.

EDIT July 12, 2010

Pandora Internet Radio is now available on DMP BD85 and also on models BD65, BDT300 and BDT350 when you upgrad the firmware to version 1.23.

Currently in US DLNA is only available on Panasonic BDT350 blue ray 3D player.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great audio and video quality
  • Easy setup
  • Internet access to Netflix, Amazon-On-Demand, YouTube, Picasa and other online services.
  • Both wired and wireless network connectivity options
  • Great audio features, e.g. “Digital Tube Sound Simulator mode”
  • Improved blu-ray load up time

Cons:

  • No DLNA feature
  • High price

Panasonic DMP-BD85K is a great wireless blu-ray player with awesome video and audio playback quality at a competitive price.

Addition of the online content playback features (Netflix, Amazon VOD, etc) is a big improvement on 2009 models, and now DMP-BD85K provides you a full stack of great features.