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Meet Panasonic’s new and more affordable UB700 4K HDR Blu-ray player

by on August 31, 2016
 

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 new Panasonic UB700 next to the older and pricier DMP-UB900

The new Panasonic UB700 next to the older and pricier DMP-UB900

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.

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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.

Story by 4k.com

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  • BRYAN FERREIRA
    September 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Any idea of US availability? I was set on getting the UB900 this month, but now I’m not so sure.

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  • MrSatyre
    September 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

    How is it lacking 7.1 surround sound? That’s a standard spec of both DVD and Blu-ray. You’re telling me that this new model will only output a 5.1 audio format? How is that possible? What about Dolby Atmos? Or DTS:X? Those are both 9 or 11 channel formats.

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  • david
    September 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    how much is “cheaper”? I’m not seeing a price here…

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 2, 2016 at 5:29 am

      The UB700 is for now only selling in the European market but if we translate the retail price in Euros that it’s being released for to USD, it comes out to about $520, which is a fair bit cheaper than the UB900’s price of just under $700. However the Panasonic Blu-ray player is still a lot cheaper at just over $300 and the Xbox One S as well (it supports 4K Blu-ray and HDR10).

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