Panasonic rolls out new full HD 3D and 2D Blu-ray disc players

Panasonic also has a quartet of new Blu-ray disc players ready for home entertainment systems this year, including three that are ready for 2D to 3D conversions.

Panasonic also has a quartet of new Blu-ray disc players ready for home entertainment systems this year, including three that are ready for 2D to 3D conversions.

Those would be the BDT310BDT210 and BDT110, all set for stepping up the quality on video playback from both DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Using PHL Reference Chroma Processor 2 technology, the vertical color data has been increased by 1.5 times.

These three models can also be operated by an iPhone as a remote control and come with full Viera Cast connectivity for access to Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and more. Skype has been singled out as a highlight when paired with Panasonic's 720p HD freetalk conference camera, which will be released this month for $99.

The BDT310 and BDT210 are definitely the best of the bunch, made obvious by the higher numbers in the product names but also these two sport touch-less sensors to open and close the disc tray.

One aspect that all of these Blu-ray disc players share besides the Panasonic label include a greener focus. All four models use 50% less packaging than the 2010 models, which "significantly [reduces] CO2 emissions," and sport slimmer designs.

Unfortunately, not much attention has been paid to the 2D-only BD75, but at least this Internet-connected device only costs $95.18.

The basic BD75 is listed to ship in either March or April. The 3D-ready BDT110 and BDT210 are supposed to be available now, although the product pages say otherwise. The last of the 3D models, the BDT310, will follow in May.

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