DMP-UB900 is Panasonic’s first UHD Blu-ray player. It was launched in Europe back in April and is coming to the US in September for $700, the company has confirmed via HDGuru.
Coming in September
Samsung and Philips have already launched UHD Blu-ray players in the US, and Microsoft will unleash the new Xbox One S with built-in UHD Blu-ray in August. Panasonic’s UB900 will be the fourth player to hit the US market.
UB900 will be significantly more expensive than all of the other models as it will carry a $700 price tag. For comparison, Samsung’s K8500 and Philips’ BDP7501 are both selling for $400, and Microsoft’s Xbox One S will start at just $299. Sony and Oppo have also confirmed plans to launch UHD Blu-ray players.
The player obviously supports all elements under the UHD Blu-ray standard, including 4K, HDR, and wide color gamut. To justify the high price Panasonic has thrown in analog 7.1 audio outputs, Miracast, apps (Netflix, Amazon, YouTube), THX certification, advanced video processing/conversion, and a range of audio formats. It has two HDMI output ports (one for video, one for audio) and supports BDs, DVDs, and CDs, too.
FlatpanelsHD published full specifications on DMP-UB900 in January 2016.
To fully enjoy UHD Blu-ray discs you need an HDR-capable 4K TV. The industry has also created the ‘UHD Premium’ certification to specify minimum requirements for HDR on TVs. The certification was recently expanded to cover UHD Blu-ray players and Panasonic’s player will bear the logo.
Panasonic has for some reason yet to release its flagship DX900 LCD and CZ950 OLED TVs in the US, forcing potential buyers of the UB900 player to pair it with a high-end TV from another TV brand.
Panasonic DMP-UB900 will launch in the US in September for $700. It is already available in Europe for 799 Euro.