Panasonic launches new cheaper UB90 UHD Blu-ray player in Japan

10 Aug 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

Panasonic was one of the first to launch a player based on the UHD Blu-ray specification with UB900. The company has now launched a much more affordable UB90 in Japan.

More affordable UHD Blu-ray

The new cheaper DMP-UB90 has been launched in Japan but has yet to be confirmed for Europe or the US. Panasonic is also selling the more expensive DMP-UB900, which is available in Europe and the US, in Japan.

It seems plausible that Panasonic could announce UB90 for Europe at the IFA show next month but that is of course just speculation at this point. However, even if UB900 is not planned for Europe and the US, Panasonic has demonstrated that it is ready to reduce the price of a UHD Blu-ray player drastically. UB90 is almost half the price of UB900 (130,000 vs. 70,000 Yen).

Panasonic UB90


The difference between the two is that UB90 has no analog audio outputs and no coaxial audio output. It also uses a less advanced chroma picture processor and has not been THX certified. It looks slightly less premium and has a different remote. UB90 still offers two HDMI outputs; one for audio.

UB90 obviously supports all elements of the UHD Blu-ray standard, including UHD resolution, HDR (high dynamic range) and the larger Rec.2020 color space.

Prices on UHD Blu-ray players have dropped significantly since the launch of the first player only 6 months ago. Microsoft recently launched Xbox One S which is also the cheapest UHD Blu-ray player to date.

We will know for sure if Panasonic intends to launch UB90 outside Japan very soon. IFA 2016 kicks off on September 2.

- Source: AVwatch (japanese)



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