The BD55 is the bigger brother to the DMP-BD35 just as the BD50 was to the BD30. It is slightly different this time around as the little brother is a very credible alternative to the BD55, whereas the BD30 didn’t tick all the boxes to make it a product we wanted to review and recommend. The BD35 lacks very few features compared to the BD55 – however, some of these are likely to be very important for some of you.
Finished in piano black the Panasonic DMP-BD55 has an improved look over the BD50 – in a funny way it looks a bit more established as a Blu-ray player, with its more DVD like appearance. Build quality certainly seems to be there again, and in general Panasonic products do last well so this should be a safe buy.
Blu-ray playback is of course fantastic and picture quality is everything you would expect it to be. But importantly, DVD playback is good too this time around with standard definition films looking just as good as they always did, making this player a credible replacement, rather than addition to your DVD player. Both the BD35 and BD55 have an SD card slot and support full 1080p over HDMI, but the BD55 scores over the BD35 with the addition of 7 channel audio outputs and a better audio system, it also outputs bitstream HD sound which is useful if you have a newer HD capable amp such as the Onkyo 606.
What to consider before you buy the Panasonic DMP-BD55
It is significantly more expensive than the BD35 so consider if you really need the audio enhancements of the BD55.
Why you should buy the Panasonic DMP-BD55
We really like the Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player, especially because it is the first realistic replacement for our DVD players as well, and at this price point it make a very good buy.