Best 3D Blu-ray player
If we had to recommend just one Blu-ray player (3D or no) for 2012, it would be Panasonic's DMP-BDT220. On the 3D front, it also offers 2D-to-3D conversion, if you're into that sort of thing.
If you're looking for a 3D movie or two to show off your system, the selection is better than ever. Among our favorites are "Avatar" (newly available to the public), "Coraline," "Hugo," "The Avengers," and "Prometheus." Among animated films, "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Tangled" use 3D particularly well.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $329.99
The good: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 has built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and the Viera Connect suite of streaming-media services, which includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, and Vudu. The user interface for the streaming-media apps is straightforward, plus you can jump right to Netflix with the dedicated Netflix button on the remote. There are a few other minor perks, including Skype compatibility, a front-panel SD card slot, and a superfast quick-start mode.
The bad: Viera Connect doesn't support any subscription music services (like MOG, Rdio, or Spotify) nor does it have Flixster for UltraViolet support. The DMP-BDT220 also doesn't play back DivX or Xvid files.
The bottom line: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is the best Blu-ray value of 2012, with built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming-media apps, 3D compatibility, and a simple user interface.
October 31, 2012 10:28 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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