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