Panasonic also claims a half-second boot-up time, but that’s not really the case. Hitting the power button causes a leisurely 10-or-so seconds of boot time (a typical result) before an already-loaded disc’s menu comes up. However, the reaction time of the player from a power off state to having the disc tray open when the appropriate open/close button is pressed is indeed very speedy, coming in at under a second, so maybe that’s what they’re talking about.
For an entry level 3D Blu-ray model, the DMP-BDT100 has the necessary features that will satisfy the needs of most users. The provided Netflix and Amazon on Demand streaming apps provide a growing choice of instantly available SD and HD content, and the player’s overall performance is quite good. Just don’t be swayed by the impressive features list on the Panasonic website, as a number of them just don’t exist on the production model (at least not on the US-market model). Don’t forget that you’ll also need to shell out a few bucks for the requisite 1GB SD card to take advantage of BD-Live features.
For those considering choosing a Panasonic 3D TV, note that the firm is currently offering an impressive bundling promotion. Buy any Panasonic 3D TV, and they’ll toss in a DMP-BDT100 3D Blu-ray player, two pairs of Panasonic 3D active shutter glasses, and two 3D Blu-ray titles (Coraline and Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs). The bundle, called the Essentials Kit, is worth an estimated SRP of roughly $610, and comes in the form of an instant rebate. As of posting time, the promotion did not have and end date.
SPECS & PRICING
Panasonic DMP-BDT100 3D Blu-ray player
Disc Formats Supported: 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW, CD
HDMI Direct Audio Bitstreams: Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution
Outputs 1080p at: 24 Hz, 60 Hz
Video Outputs: 1 each HDMI, component, composite
Digital Audio Outputs: 1 optical
Analog Audio Outputs: 2-ch
Other Connections: 1 Ethernet, 1 USB port, 1 SD card slot
Dimensions (WxHxD): 17” x 1.5” x 8.6”
Weight: 4.7 lbs.
Warranty: 1 year, parts and labor