Pros Excellent BD and DVD playback, easy operation, clean design, fast loading, good remote.
Cons No Wi-Fi, but for $89, I can easliy attach Wi-Fi capablily if I really need Profile 2.0 and other online features.
Summary I do not agree with cnet about the 3 stars in their rating, the BD35 model it replaces (which I have in another HDTV room) does everything right without exception.
Not everybody who buys a BD player even WANTS a interactivity and to give the Samsung models 3.5 and 4.0 stars instead of the Panasonic, is just wrong.
I have had several Samsung models and if cnet went by the number of unplayable Blu-ray Discs, jamming, bad playback (when they did try to play) and overall lesser quality of my previous Samsung BD players, cnet should raise the Panasonic players to at least 3.5 stars and LOWER the Samsungs to no more than 3.5 stars or less! I had two other Panasonics that replaced my previous Samsungs (the BD10's) and these were above Samsungs in playback and QUALITY, that is why I trusted cnet with the the Panasonic BD35.
I would buy the Panasonic BD60 or BD80 if I had to do it all over again and if the need ever arises that I would need Wi-Fi, I would buy the addition that you can buy aftermarket instead of any Samsung BD player.
Pros Truly fantastic picture quality; decodes latest audio codecs; easy setup and use; NO reliability issues!
Cons No problems or issues whatsoever
Summary I value the Cnet editors opinions and reference their reviews when considering all technology purchases. However, I must say they missed on this product. A 3 star rating is ridiculous! To downgrade a product because it does not match the bells and whistles of another is simply wrong and misleading to people reading these reviews. I assume most people looking into Blu-ray are interested in upgrading their movie viewing experience and aren't as concerned with low quality YouTube or streaming content. Other players, at any price level, would be hard pressed to produce better quality image or sound than the Panasonic BD60, and that's what we're after in a Blu-ray player!
I have this player handle the disc player tasks in my home theater setup: front projection with a 110" wide screen format screen. The quality is truly amazing, from both Blu-ray and upconverted DVD's.
I have a second Panasonic Blu-ray player, the BD30, handling playback duties in a second HT setup with a 50" plasma and the results are the same, awesome picture and sound. Neither unit has ever failed to load a disc or cause me any issues of any kind. Load time isn't an issue either. I've never noticed either unit causing me any stress about how long they take to load. They may be slower or faster than other brands, I don't care, but I wouldn't trade the picture quality or reliablity of these players for any amount of increase in speed!
I suggest purchasing the BD60 and spending the money you saved on some Blu-ray discs to watch!!!
Pros Excellent image quality and set is a breeze. I bought the Panasonic after returning 2 LG BD390s and 1 Samsung BD3600. The LG had an audio problem with the sound sometimes disappearing when you forward a chapter. The Samsung simply refused to play.
Cons Load times are slow. Does not have bells and whistles of LG/Samsung such as Netflix streaming and wireless but works well with ethernet. Network setup took some time to figure out. The quality of remote seems cheap, buttons not very intuitive
Summary As I mentioned above, I returned 3 DVD players before getting the BD60. Panasonic is the good ol' faithful in my book. My first DVD player that I bought 11 years ago was a Panasonic and I have yet to face a problem with it. The image quality of the BD60 is second to none and it costs less than $200. Youtube and Picasa also works well via VieraCast plus you can access the weather, stock quotes, and headline streaming from Bloomberg. I heard that Panasonic will be adding Amazon VOD this month which will make it more competitive with the Samsung/LG. Highly recommend this player.
Pros When I rate a Blu-Ray player image quality and consistency of handling that image quality for both Blu-Ray and DVD is key. In that regard this player is better then the LG, Samsung etc.
Cons Does not have Netflix integration or some of the web service stuff offered on some other players.
Summary If you want the best image quality from your Blu-Ray or DVD player this one is it. If you also want Netflix and other web integrated services look at another player. This player based on playback quality should receive far more then 3 stars. Thats ridiculous Cnet.
Pros Everting about it is great to date
Cons Nothing yet
Summary Bought the Sharp at Costco. Took it back the same day. Would not play Slumdog Millionare. No problems with the Panasonic. Have see dozens of movies with no problems. FAST loading...