What is the Panasonic BDT460?
The DMP-BDT460 isn’t quite at the top of the Panasonic 2014 Blu-ray player range but it’s not far off.
Design & Connections
Obviously this is also where the disc tray emerges from and it does so with relative speed and a reassuring ‘thunk’. The tray mechanism is lovely and quiet during playback but you get the usual expected increase in activity when using seek functions. Around the back are two HDMI outputs to allow those with older HDMI equipped AV Receivers to send 4K/3D signals direct to the TV whilst still routing the audio through it. There’s also a S/PDIF digital audio output and both wired and wireless LAN.
One case where you will have to hit the ‘enter’ button is when entering the ‘Setup’ Menu where all the key settings are located. The Player Settings submenus, include the Picture Mode and the Picture Adjustment controls, although these can only be accessed in the User picture mode. The only other option is HDMI Output where you can select the HDMI Video Format (the resolution which now includes scaling up to 4K), the 24p(4K)/24p Output, the HDMI Colour Mode, the Deep Colour Output, Contents Type Flag and the HDMI (SUB) Output Mode, which controls the second HDMI output.
You can also partake in some social networking via Twitter and Facebook apps, surf the web using a reasonably effective browser or listen to streamed music, courtesy of the AUPEO internet radio app. A delve in to the Viera market will uncover further downloadable goodies, although we could only see Vimeo that was of any interest over and above the pre-installed selection.
We couldn’t get the Panasonic 2012 Blu-ray Player mobile app to work with the BDT460, so it appears there is no compatibility and there is no newer version to try, at present. We’ve contacted Panasonic for an update on this and will relate the information back here when we get it. In the meantime you can use your Digital Media Controller (DMC) compatible phone or tablet to playback contents via any DLNA servers you have on your network.
As mentioned in the intro, this particular sample is of the multi-region variety for Blu-ray and DVD and it almost couldn’t be simpler to activate. For DVDs, it’s all done automatically and for selecting Blu-ray player region, it’s done by pressing the numeric 1,2,3 keys, whilst the unit is in standby, whereupon it will automatically boot up in to the corresponding region. We know a lot of you like to get your hands on Blu-ray releases early, from over the pond, so this is a very neat feature, very well implemented.
Panasonic BDT460 Disc Playback
That said, if you still have a sizeable collection of DVDs, you will see some benefits with even cleaner and crisper scaling performed by the player, which really did render some of ‘our’ better discs looking incredibly good. House favourite, Tangled, was a particularly fine example of that, looking almost Blu-ray standard on the AX802, when the player was at the helm of the major processing duties.
You will find a variety of Picture Modes in the Setup menus, or by hitting the Option button on the remote control but your best advised to leave it be in the ‘Standard’ option for an un-tampered-with signal. The ‘User’ preset does provide some ‘front panel’ controls but you’re only ever likely to need them for a fine calibration. And even then, it’s unlikely you’d want to touch them. The other options – Soft and Fine – either slightly blurs or slightly edge-enhances pictures, so best left alone. We’ll leave you to work out which does what.
Panasonic BDT460 Video Review
- Perfect Blu-ray playback
- Excellent colour upsampling
- Great scaling
- Nice selection of VoD apps
- 2 HDMI outputs
- 4K jpeg support
- Build quality isn't amazing
Panasonic BDT460 (DMP-BDT460) Blu-ray Player Review
But you could throw all that Smart TV functionality in the bin, were not the BDT460 a great disc player, and it is precisely that. Whether you want to feed it DVDs or Blu-ray, it’s not found wanting with some superb colour up-sampling and flawless colour reproduction. It’s very quiet in operation as well, although if you’re lucky enough to own a 4K TV, it will probably make a slightly better job of scaling than the BDT460. However it’s great for showing off your hi-res photo collection with native 4K jpeg support. In fact, there’s barely nothing you could fault the BDT460 on. Highly Recommended!
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