Panasonic about to release its very pricey premium 4K UHD Blu-ray player

by on July 5, 2016

Stephan Jukic – July 5, 2016

It may be coming a bit later than some of the competing products but the Panasonic 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player is about to go on sale and quite frankly, it won’t be cheap. The electronics giant is retailing their new DMP-UB900 for a very hefty price tag of $699 and for a bit of perspective on how expensive this is, the rival 4K Blu-ray players from both Samsung and Philips (which are both on sale already) sell for a full third less than the DMP-UB900. Even some 4K UHD TVs are actually less expensive than this new Panasonic home entertainment toy.

That said, the DMP-UB900 is a cut above the rest, at least from what we’ve seen of its specs. This is a 4K Blu-ray disc player that has been built with high-end user tastes in mind, especially for fans of high-end audio formatting.

Thus in addition to including more standard features like 60fps 4K movie playback, high dynamic range support and the ability to stream 4K ultra HD media from home entertainment apps via its own internal smart OS interface, the DMP-UB900 also offers premium audio specifications that include High-res audio playback in the WAV, FLAC, DSD and ALAC formats, digital tube sound up-sampling, 71. Channel analogue audio outputs and isolated dual HDMI ports for audio and video both.

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Dual HDMI ports, one exclusively for audio, are part of the DMP-UB900’s specs

Now in order to really take advantage of all these features, your home entertainment system also would have to have its own heavy duty audio setup arrayed around it as well but for those of you who want a media player which also offers the best in compatibility with top-tier home audio technology, the DMP-UB900 is definitely the choice for you among the limited current selection of 4K disc players.

Those who want something a bit more conservative should however bear in mind that the Samsung UBD-K8500 and Philips BDP7501 –which is supposed to be going on sale already as of June—both cost much less at just under $400 while also supporting all the key 4K video playback and HDR specs most users could possibly need for now.

Also, Microsoft’s Xbox One S gaming console update to the original Xbox One is reportedly coming out as of August and it too will support 4K Blu-ray disc playback, HDR, streaming of 4K content from apps like Netflix or Amazon and also offers the added benefit of 4K console gaming graphics for 4K UHD TVs. The Xbox One S is even cheaper than any of the above options, with the basic 500GB model retailing for just $300.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Simon Dagostino
    July 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

    For me is the best 4K UHD Blu-ray player there is because I have one and me and my friends we test it with Sony 4K projector and I was very impressed withe picture and sound and is worth the money you pay for it plus you have many option the to set up the picture and with HDR work very well even 2k movies work perfect.


  • Ben Ballard
    July 6, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I’ve yet to see the Pana DMP-UB900, but I have seen and played with the Samsung UBD-K8500, and to be brutally honest, the Samsung is dire with it’s outputs and tweakability.

    First: The Samsung’s appearance is just horrible – it looks like a basic budget DVD player, with a REALLY horrible “brushed” plastic finish to it. The outputs on the back are non-existent and don’t take into account that people who buy high-end spec AV equipment, may already have a high end audio or surround system.

    Second: The Samsung one is curved, and to be honest if I was a savvy tech buyer who realised the gimmickry of a curved TV, and so went for a top end flat panel…I wouldn’t want a gimmicky, plasticky looking UHD Blu-Ray player. I’d want something that looked the mutts nut’s and had a cuting air of class to it.

    Third: The remote with the Samsung looks like it was designed by an 8 year old who has no idea of functionality or pricing. I say this as it looks like it costs about a tenner from a dodgy market stall dealer…. not very reflective of the high end cutting edge status of 4K TV and 4K Blu-Ray player.

    My opinion…..think about buying the Samsung, save until you have the money, THEN save that little bit more and buy the Panasonic.
    (The Phillips one looks worse than the Samsung one!)


    • Jrad
      July 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

      I agree with your post, I have replaced 2 Samsung 4k players so far. for various issue.

      I am now waiting for this Panasonic model to come out and not trying Samsung 4k players anymore.


      • Ben Ballard
        July 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

        Thanks…. still no word from Sony on their 4K Blu-Ray player either, I’ve been bugging the Sony rep for my area every week about it – I think he’s getting sick of them playing their cards so close to their chest on a release, either that or he’s starting to go off me! LOL

        It’s a shame that Sony haven’t mentioned anything and seems a little strange, seeing as Sony Pictures are one of the key players in Movie houses releasing 4K Blu-Rays on to the market. So why release the media for rival tech companies to capitalise on the playback of it, and not the original release company’s tech hardware division?

        Seems a little lacking in foresight tbh?


        • Stephen Otto
          October 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

          Looks like Sony will not release their 4k Blu-Ray Ultra HD Player until Spring of 2017. Also, LG is holding back as well, wish that either of these giants would hurry up and produce one for those of us that already have a 4k movie and are dying to watch it!! Also, I am hoping that along with the standard table top models of 4k players, LG will produce a model that fits into a Desktop PC! That way I can view 4k movies or do my gaming all from my Rig!


      • John
        August 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

        I will never buy another Samsung player for that reason. Burned once with poor quality, won’t be burned again.


    • dave
      July 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

      I’ve been using my Samsung since March and must say, for a 1st generation device – this machine is stellar. I’m just an average joe with an avergae 4k tv that doesn’t believe in picking nits on panels or spending $$$ on tv calibration. What I do believe in is a good piece of equipment at a good price. I’m not that vain where I want a diamond encrusted box sitting next to my shoddy comcast box. Yeah, Samsung may have put a bit more beef into the unit, big deal. It plays. And it is spectacular. As for audio, use the second HDMI run straight to your AVR, set the Samsung up to send bitstream and you have a pure signal that, if your AVR is capable, will play all the latest codecs. This a great working mans machine and the price is right. And the video is gorgeous.


  • Turboshandy
    July 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    This is totally wrong.. The UB900 has been out for a long time. The Phillips is yet to surface… They updated the release date from “Spring 2016” to “june 2016” back in late May, then it’s been radio silence since.

    Not a good move because since then the XBOX one S has gone on pre-order for £50 less than the Phillips.

    But yea, this article is bogus.


  • Iluv2raceit
    July 12, 2016 at 6:59 am

    With both the XBOX One S and PS4 NEO having a UHD Blu ray player included and to be released later this year, it just doesn’t make any sense for any company to put such a premium on a UHD Blu ray player. Case in point, why would I spend this kind of ludicrous amount of money for ‘just’ a UHD Blu ray player when I can buy a current generation gaming console AND large hard drive for storing content AND UHD Blu ray player for just $299?? Panasonic is getting ready to meet the expectations of an epic failure in marketing strategy.


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