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Panasonic launches cheaper UHD Blu-ray players

16 May 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Technology from Panasonic’s more expensive UHD Blu-ray players has found its way into the more affordable UB400 and UB300 players that are now available in Europe.

Cheaper UHD Blu-ray players

UB400, UB300 and a design version dubbed UB310 were announced at CES in January and are now available in Europe. Panasonic’s more expensive UB900 and UB700 models will remain in circulation, which brings the portfolio up to a total of five UHD disc spinners.

UB400 and UB300 do not offer the same audio technologies as the more expensive players but will deliver similar picture quality. A built-in HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) picture engine ensures that the players conform to the UHD Blu-ray standard and deliver 4K resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range). Panasonic has decided to ignore Dolby Vision.

Panasonic UB300


The difference between UB400 and UB300 is that the latter has only 1 HDMI port. There are also built-in apps for Netflix and Amazon.

A new feature in the players makes it possible “to forcibly raise the brightness of low-brightness areas”, which Panasonic believes can be an advantage when watching UHD Blu-ray movies in a brightly lit room since UHD Blu-rays movies are often graded to be watched in a dimly lit environment. This feature will be added to the existing UB900 and UB700 players via a firmware update.

UB400 and UB300 are now shipping in Europe starting at around Ł250 / €250.

Pricing & retailers:
  • UK: Panasonic UB400
  • UK: Panasonic UB300
  • DE: Panasonic UB400


    DMP-UB400 Main Features :

    High-Quality Picture
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K)
    HCX Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray
    4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
    4K 60p/50p Output
    Multi Content 4K Up-scaling
    Full-HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
    Picture Type Presets
    High-Quality Sound
    TWIN HDMI PURE AV (Twin Isolated Output)
    High Clarity Sound Premium
    HDMI Low Clock Jitter Process
    Digital Tube Sound with Up-sampling
    High-resolution Audio Playback (DSD (2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV)
    192-kHz/96-kHz Surround Re-master
    Smart Features
    4K VOD Supported
    4K Networking (4K Video/ 4K Jpeg Playback)
    Internet Apps
    Network Drive Access
    External HDD Playback
    Mirroring with Smartphone / Tablet
    Web Browser
    Wireless LAN Built-in
    Stylish GUI
    Quick Start
    Home Screen Wallpaper
    VIERA Link
    Design
    3D Cut Design
    Compact Design

    DMP-UB310/300 Main Features:

    High Quality Picture
    Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K)
    HCX Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray
    4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
    4K 60p/50p Output
    Multi Content 4K Up-scaling
    Full-HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
    Picture Type Presets
    High-Quality Sound
    HDMI Low Clock Jitter Process
    High-resolution Audio Playback (DSD (2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV)
    Smart Features
    4K VOD Supported
    4K Networking (4K Video/ 4K Jpeg Playback)
    Internet Apps
    Network Drive Access
    External HDD Playback
    Web Browser
    Wireless LAN Built-in
    Stylish GUI
    Quick Start
    Home Screen Wallpaper
    VIERA Link
    Design
    3D Cut Design
    Compact Design



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