Panasonic UHD Blu-ray

Panasonic launches its first UHD Blu-ray player, DMP-UB900

06 Jan 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

After having showcased several prototypes, Panasonic is finally launching its first UHD Blu-ray player. The DMP-UB900 delivers amazing picture quality through a combination of 4K, HDR and a wider color gamut. It will be available in April.

Movies in UHD and HDR

Today at CES 2016, Panasonic has unveiled its first UHD Blu-ray player. It marks the next generation of picture and audio quality in the living room, and has been developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Labs (PHL).

Panasonic DMP-UB900


The new UHD Blu-ray standard is capable of more than just 4K - or UHD - resolution. It combines three overall picture components to improve the viewing experience. Besides 4K, the UHD Blu-ray standard - and the UB900 player - supports HDR (high dynamic range) for brighter whites and deeper blacks as well as the BT.2020 color gamut, which covers a much larger part of the color spectrum that the human eye is capable of seeing compared to the current BT.709 color gamut standard.

The UHD player can reproduce movies in up to 60 frames per second but Hollywood still produces almost every movie in 24 frames per second.

Panasonic says that it has developed a new “4K High-Precision Chroma” processor in collaboration with its Hollywood lab. Even though the UHD Blu-ray standard brings improvements on several fronts it still uses chroma subsampling to compress color information. The processor converts movies from 4:2:0 chroma to 4:4:4 (full RGB) before the signal leaves the player instead of leaving the process to the TV. UB900 is also THX certified.

The player supports high-res audio formats and of course surround. It offers two HDMI ports; one for sending audio to a surround receiver. Panasonic has also included analog 7.1 outputs for owners of analog receivers, and says that it has used quality audio components from the bottom up.

Panasonic DMP-UB900


To get the full benefits of UHD Blu-ray you obviously need to invest in new UHD Blu-ray discs. All the major Hollywood studios have confirmed that they will support the format. Over the next few months, the studios will release new movies as well as catalog titles. Panasonic UB900 can also playback existing HD Blu-ray discs as well as DVDs and CDs.

UHD streaming too

Besides being capable of delivering impressive picture quality from disc media, UB900 supports 4K quality from streaming services.

Amazon is already streaming in HDR quality and Netflix will start soon. However, Panasonic has not confirmed whether HDR streaming is supported by the player.

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UB900 supports 4K photos and videos recorded with a camera, too. The remote control has backlit buttons, making it easier to operate in the dark.

Panasonic DMP-UB900 will be available in April. No pricing information was announced.

Specifications

High Quality Picture
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K/HDR)
  • 4K High-Precision Chroma Processor
  • 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
  • 4K 60p/50p Output
  • 4K Networking
  • THX Certification
  • Multi Contents 4K Up-scaling
  • FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
  • Picture Type Presets
  • High Quality Sound
  • TWIN HDMI PURE AV (Twin Isolated Output)
  • 7.1ch Analog Audio Output
  • High-quality Audio Parts (Power Supply, Audio Circuit, Digital Circuit)
  • High Clarity Sound Premium
  • HDMI Low Clock Jitter Process
  • Digital Tube Sound with Up-sampling
  • High-resolution Audio Playback (DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV)
  • 192kHz/32bit DAC x 5
  • 192kHz/96kHz Surround Re-master
  • Smart Networking
  • Internet Apps
  • DLNA (Client/Renderer)
  • Network Drive Access
  • External HDD Playback
  • Miracast
  • Web Browser
  • Operation
  • Wi-Fi Built-in (802.11n(11ac))
  • Stylish GUI
  • Quick Start
  • Home Screen Wallpaper
  • VIERA Link
  • Design
  • 3D Cut Design
  • Insulator



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