Digital piñata – that is Panasonic’s top Blu-ray recorder DMR BST 800 (950 euros). The Universal Multimedia Center provides satellite TV and radio, Internet, network receiver plus server.
When Panasonic introduced the current generation of Blu-ray recorders in June the press, marketing strategists emphasized the new name for the product category first: “HDTV receiver and Blu-ray disk recorder”. That actually more accurately describes what makes the third evolution of the so-called DIGA recorder, but it sounds kinda bulky.
The Japanese can namely archive to DVD or Blu-ray, while allowing the devices of all potential competitors only to record to the hard disk. Panasonic leads so basically before eyes, how german is the habit of archiving. Because the Blu-ray recorder (let’s call them despite the handicap just) be developed exclusively for the local language and produced.
Base models of the new series are DMR BST 700 and its Silver Twin 701 (EUR 750). The here tested, big brother is DMR BST 800. It has a 500 Gigabyte hard drive, a dual HDMI output and integrated Wi-FI. The smallest of the new DIGA recorder, DMR XS 400 (550 euro), 700, resembles the BST bakonyi off but on a DVD recorder.
The reception, disk, and network capabilities are all brothers and sisters together. The new DVB-S dual tuner generation is now inclusive of single-cable feed, allows also a retrofit for receiving double.
Two CI +- and HD +compliant CI slots allow for the first time optional record encrypted programs with subsequent decryption – or decrypted recordings in the context of what the copy protection allows. So an encrypted program can be decrypted live look, and encrypted to record another program at the same time – it is decrypted it during playback. The hard disk recordings can go so far as loss-less with the same bit stream or save space with re encoding at lower bit rate across the stage.
Window in the Internet
Of course, the Japanese again integrated its Viera cast Internet portal in the recorder. There’s a rich number of applications, from image to the online video library newspaper Meanwhile ACE Trax. But the DIGA recorder now dominate even the Internet telephony via Skype.
The free calls from Skype to Skype video and audio requires a camera with an integrated microphone array TY-CC10 (price: 170 euro) and then allows the increasingly popular video calling without a computer. The system – provides even a Skype answering machine provided, the recorder was switched on and inserted an SD card to store.
The developer but not only the possibilities with Internet, but also the local networking have expanded. So can you still no live TV shows stream, but the new generation allows for the first time play of still ongoing recordings via the local area network provided that reproduce device are to identify themselves also as Panasonic. Whether this annoying limitation on technology or marketing is based, the testers could not determine. Actually, only completed recordings reproduction could be move with non-Panasonic clients.
The world in 3D
A major issue in the news team is 3D. The sat receiver will need no special skills, thanks to side-to-side transmission channel. The recording on the hard disk can do it also relaxed. It is nice that even USB and SD card reader now dominate the 3D-Variante of the JPEG image called MPO. The most 3D cameras, of course also the Panasonic, use MPO and provide full resolution in 3D. You can actually just take the media out of the camera, plug into the recorder and hey presto: 3D photos on the TV screen. So be it.
Of course, also the Blu-ray Recorder easily masters the playback by 3D-Blu-rays. As only a few player offers two HDMI outputs, what makes it possible, on a 3D display and the HDMI sound parallel to one to watch movies to send not 3D-tauglichen amplifier. Not enough: Videos let network itself from all sources including real-time 2D to 3D convert. Only with live TV – can’t, after all, with shots from it, has to do with the signal paths in the player. The conversion works pleasantly artifact arm, the 3D effect to GDP but discreet and can be adapted to TV and distance.
Easy to manage diversity
The multi media machine with all its capabilities and possibilities is gratifyingly clear. Who is time tangled simply presses the button “function menu” and is again in the clearly arranged main selection window for all basic functions. From here, the system directs the user in clear German and unique pictograms through configuration, sorting, copying, network functions and so on.
The amazingly clear for such a function Monster remote control also helps the handling. It remains only puzzling why a device designed for the German market with German menu has an English labeled remote transmitter.
Like in the previous series the Panasonic developers held back, what’s the file variety of formats of storage media and network. USB, SD-Card , and network only the formats you can with again, which could come from the tuner, a CD from camera or camcorder. Audio formats like FLAC or video in the MKV container are not playable. For this, you can transfer CDs 1:1 uncompressed to the hard disk and as a high-end music players use them.
The hard disk plays a sound relevant role elsewhere – the engineers have made it as one of the sources of interference for the playback of CDs, DVDs and BDs. She can be shut during the playback of disc media. Actually, the tester could trace a significant purification of parked hard disk sound picture. A good idea. Only drawback: is the hard drive in a very deep sleep, no timer recording or tasks such as BD-Live is also to transmit; for this, the playback sounds free and lively. A fair compromise.
Image and sound at its best
The image quality of all media and the tuner showed up on high level: hot, quiet and wonderfully vivid. De-interlacing and scaling work top, assuming, you turned off 24 p playback and the function of “Super resolution” – provoked annoying double contours. In terms of digital audio quality showed an abnormality of the recorder of any medium. He was always fine and dynamic, perhaps he lacks a touch of force and mass.
The switchable “remaster”-upscaling helped some more fine detail shots up to 48 kHz sampling frequency, the switchable emulation of various tubes found no friends among the testers. The analog stereo output surprised with pleasant balance and above all with amazing plastic room playback for a device of this class. A fine resolution rounded off the positive image.
If you are looking an universal multimedia center with good operating concept as well as a wonderfully balanced picture and sound quality, is expected to be BST 800 just right the Panasonic DMR.
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