Panasonic is still very committed to the Blu-ray format and has announced six new players for 2014. The flagship DMP-BDT700 can process 4K content and has a HDMI 2.0 output - despite the lack of a 4K Blu-ray standard.
Panasonic 4K Blu-ray without 4K Blu-ray
A new 4K Blu-ray-standard will not be announced until year-end, but Panasonic already has a Blu-ray player that can process 4K content.
We picked up on the first details of the DMP-BDT700 in February, and Panasonic has now confirmed details and the design. The Blu-ray player supports 4K in up to 60 fps and can process a 4K signal from start to end without downscaling. Panasonic is not making it clear why this is necessary as current Blu-ray discs cannot store 4K content, but Panasonic says that it is possible to reproduce 4K photos from a camera in all their glory. Full HD Blu-ray discs will also be upscaled to 4K.
The player has two HDMI outputs and also packs analog 7.1 audio outputs. It offers TV apps and supports 192kHz/32bit audio. Lastly, it has built-in WiFi, Miracast and support for Flac.
Panasonic is also launching five other Blu-ray players that you can learn more about here. We have included the specifications for all models below. The Blu-ray players will be available soon.