Blu-ray Players

Panasonic BD-60 Blu-ray Player

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Design

The Panasonic BD-60 is a very compact Blu-ray player that will be easy to fit into your AV rack.

Lightweight and shallow, but still feeling reasonably solidly built, you'll find the majority of the connections that you are looking for on a Blu-ray player: HDMI, Component and Composite video, RCA and Optical audio outputs, and the BD Live required Ethernet jack.

On the front panel you have SD HC and and USB ports that are hidden behind the front panel. The one missing feature that some people might want are multichannel analog outputs, which would be nice considering the BD-60 can decode TrueHD and DTS-MA HD audio internally and transmit it as PCM over HDMI. However, Panasonic does offer this feature on their step-up BD-80 model, so people that don't need this feature won't have to pay extra for it to be built into their player. I do wish that Panasonic would provide the internal memory for BD Live instead of relying on an SD card, or including the SD card in the package, but since most other entry-level players seem to require this as well, it's not a deal breaker by any stretch.

One thing that I did like was the included remote. While not backlit and fairly lightly constructed, it has a nice, simple layout with large numbers and icons on the commonly used buttons and felt good in my hand. Since the remote is one feature that so many companies seem to get wrong on Blu-ray players, it's nice to see that Panasonic got it right by keeping it simple and easy to use.