Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current Blu-Ray Player Reviews here.
The Panasonic BDT460 is the newest model from its line of Blu-ray players. This year Panasonic released four different Blu-ray players, including two other 3D-capable models and a 2D model. The 460 is as sharp and sleek as the picture it displays, boasting a futuristic look that is slender with sharp edges. This Blu-ray player has the video technology and features to match its beautiful design.
This 3D Blu-ray player can also play BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, WAV, WMA, MKV, JPEG, FLAC and AVCHD, among other video formats. We were disappointed that this player does not support DivX format, but that is only a small blemish in the overall video format versatility that this player displays.
Panasonic takes steps toward the future by including built-in 4K upscaling. The best Blu-ray players we’ve reviewed include this feature. With it, your Blu-ray player ups the resolution of high-definition video to four times the resolution of 1080p before the picture hits your display. With older media or lower-resolution videos, this Panasonic will upscale the video content to 1080p.
One special feature the BDT460 boasts is the ability to turn almost any 2D content into realistic 3D. This feature can freshen up your favorite old movies. Only the top three Blu-ray players we reviewed have 2D to 3D conversion.
Viera Connect is your Blu-ray’s connection to the web browser, apps and other online activities. Through Viera Connect, you will be able to access apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Skype, Facebook and Twitter, to name a few.
If you want the ease of having all your digital media sources connected, you are going to want a Blu-ray player such as the BDT460 that is DLNA certified. When your Blu-ray and PC or network drive are DLNA certified, it essentially works like cloud storage for all of your digital media. Once you set up this connection, you will have the ability to access your photos, videos and music from anywhere within your network.
If you're a parent, you know how important it is to keep a watchful eye over your children. With the parental lock feature on the BDT460, you can manage the content your child has access to by setting the ratings on your DVDs and Blu-rays along with password-protecting Viera Connect.
Another feature on the BDT460 is the Miracast (display-mirroring) feature that allows you, with one swipe of your finger, to display what is on your Android smartphone or other Android mobile device onto your television. What is special about Miracast is it allows you to send 1080p-quality video – and it can even play on surround-sound speakers.
One addition that you don’t see on many Blu-ray players is the BDT460’s external HDD Playback. You can connect an external hard drive to your Blu-ray player and play files from the hard drive.
This Panasonic model is set up to support all of your surround-sound needs. It supports audio systems such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. That means you can crank your movie up to 11 and have the movie theatre experience in the comfort of your living room.
Another unique quality of the BDT460 Blu-ray player is its SD slot. This slot is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Through the SD card, your player will be able to display formats such as JPEG, MPO, MPEG2, AVCHD and MP4.
Along with only a handful of Blu-ray players we reviewed, this Panasonic has dual HDMI ports. This can be important if you need to run a separate HDMI connection to your TV and an A/V receiver that may not be able to support 4K or 3D.
Along with an Ethernet port and a digital audio output, the BDT460 has a USB port you can plug into and play various media formats such as MP3, FLAC, WAV and AAC. There really isn’t much this Blu-ray player can’t do, other than play DivX formats.
The Panasonic BDT460 is about as sleek as a piece of hardware can be. And great style is not the only thing this player boasts. Once you start playing with it, you will realize why it landed so high on our list of the best Blu-ray players.