by Oliver Amnuayphol
Panasonic recently debuted an all-new, four-model lineup of Blu-ray players that are sure to please. Three of the models are native 3D and 2D-3D conversion capable--the DMP-BDT310 ($229), DMP-BDT210($179), and the DMP-BDT110 ($149)--while the entry level DMP-BD75 ($99) should suit folks not interested in 3D. And yes, those prices are correct, meaning this year's crop of quality Blu-ray players is more affordable than ever before. What's more, all of Panasonic's new models sport super quick load times, and the top two feature built-in Wi-Fi while the 110 includes a wireless network adaptor. Other features include Viera Cast on all models, HDMI jitter purifier, and a cool new sensor feature on the player that opens the drawer when you waive your hand over it. Sweet! The DMP-BDT310 will be available in May; the rest are available now.
If you have a Denon 5308CI or an AVP-A1HDCI in your home theater rig, there may be a nice little upgrade available to you: TWICE is reporting Denon will soon be offering Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 and DSX for these models, as well as a Dolby Pro Logic IIz upgrade. Unfortunately, these will not be firmware upgrades, but instead options added at the Denon factory, which means you'll have to ship your units back and forth--so hang on to those boxes just a little bit longer! Upgrades should be available by October of this year; pricing has yet to be determined.
Movie Releases for Last Week.
DVD: The Fighter; Hereafter; The Switch; Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection; Yi Yi: The Criterion Collection; The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest; au revior les enfants: Criterion Collection; Gunslinger Girl; The Complete Collection.
Blu-ray: The Fighter; Hereafter; The Switch; Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection; Yi Yi: The Criterion Collection; The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest; au revior les enfants: Criterion Collection; BMC Bandits.