Meet Panasonic’s new and more affordable UB700 4K HDR Blu-ray player
Stephan Jukic – August 31, 2016
Panasonic’s existing 4K UHD Blu-ray player, which was released for sale earlier this year and is arriving on sale in the U.S in September, is already known for its rather hefty price but it does at least come with a fairly robust roster of premium specs and features to soften the blow for those who want to buy it. However, for many users, the $699 price tag of the DMP-UB900 is still a bit too much. This is especially the case now that competing Blu-ray players from Samsung and Philips, as well as 4K Blu-ray capable devices like the Microsoft Xbox One S are also available (with the Sony PlayStation Neo with its own 4K Blu-ray capacity also coming out soon).
Thus, to remedy the competitive deficiency, Panasonic has released yet another product which costs less, offers most the same specs and basically undermines the company’s own previous product in a tacit show of acceptance that they need to compete with something better than the original 4K BD device.
The result is the new Panasonic UB700. It also includes 50fps 4K video playback, HDR support, high resolution audio in the WAV, FLAC, DSD and ALAC formats and of course, 4K content streaming from a selection of entertainment apps which offer ultra HD video releases of their shows and movies.
The only major differences between the new UB700 and its pricier predecessor are the lack of THX certification in the new model and a lack of the superior quality of 7.1 Surround Sound.
The UB700 is thus a much closer competitor to the other 4K Blu-ray players already on sale and its price tag will reportedly make it much more favorably comparable to the Samsung UBD-K8500 and Microsoft Xbox One S, which respectively sell on Amazon.com for $317 and $299.99.
Of course, both the Samsung and Panasonic 4K Blu-ray player models lack the diverse gaming specs of the Xbox One S, so for the consumers who are deciding on which to go for among these machines, we’re pretty sure that gaming considerations or a lack of them are going to play a part in the decision making process.
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