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Panasonic unveils combo Dolby Vision / HDR10+ UHD BD player

07 Jan 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

Panasonic will this year launch the first UHD Blu-ray player that supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, the two premium HDR formats.

Panasonic UB820 player

Panasonic’s TVs do not support Dolby Vision but the company’s new disc player will. The UB820 will in fact be the first to support both of the premium HDR formats.

Panasonic explains that it has chosen to support Dolby Vision in response to user demands. This comes as a suprise considering that the company is a founding member of an alliance that aims, with HDR10+, to create an open and royalty-free alternative to Dolby Vision. Samsung and 20th Century Fox are also founding members of the alliance and neither of these have released - or announced plans to release - home entertainment products with Dolby Vision.

Panasonic UB820 Dolby Vision HDR10+


Of course, this also means that HDR10+ is now a part of the UHD Blu-ray specification. To date, the specification has mandated HDR10 and included Dolby Vision as an optional format. The official announcement will hit once CES 2018 starts.

Another new feature is an 'HDR Optimizer' that does tone mapping on the player to adjust the brightness values before outputting video to the TV. This can improve HDR picture quality on some TVs that have limited HDR capabilities. The players will also support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free control.

The company will also release a more affordable UB420 with HDR10+ support but without Dolby Vision. Both of the new players are based on Panasonic’s HCX video processor.

The players will be available in black (*20) and silver (*24) finish. For more details see below. Launch and pricing details will be announced in February.

Panasonic DP-UB820/824 - specifications

High Quality Picture
Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K/HDR)
HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Supports HDR10+/ Dolby Vision dynamic metadata technology
4K High-Precision Chroma Processing
4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 Output
HDR Optimizer
FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
High Quality Sound
7.1ch Analogue Audio Output
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 (11.2MHz/2.8MHz/5.6MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
192kHz/96kHz Surround Re-master
Smart Features
Works with Voice Assistant (Naming Tentative)
4K VOD Supported (NETFLIX/ YouTube/ Amazon*2)
4K Networking (4K Video/ 4K Jpeg Playback)
Internet Apps*1
DLNA (Client/Renderer)
Network Drive Access
External HDD Playback
Mirroring with Smartphone / Tablet
Web Browser*1
Wireless LAN Built-in
Stylish GUI
Quick Start
Home Screen Wallpaper
Control by HDMI Connection

Panasonic DP-UB420/424

High Quality Picture
Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K/HDR)
HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Supports HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology*1
4K High-Precision Chroma Processing
4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 Output
HDR Optimizer
FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
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 (11.2MHz/2.8MHz/5.6MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
192kHz/96kHz Surround Re-master
Smart Features
Works with Voice Assistant (Naming Tentative)
4K VOD Supported (NETFLIX/ YouTube/ Amazon*3)
4K Networking (4K Video/ 4K Jpeg Playback)
Internet Apps*2
DLNA (Client/Renderer)
Network Drive Access
External HDD Playback
Mirroring with Smartphone / Tablet
Web Browser*21
Wireless LAN Built-in
Stylish GUI
Quick Start
Home Screen Wallpaper
Control by HDMI Connection

Panasonic DP-UB330/320

High Quality Picture
Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback (4K/HDR)
HCX(Hollywood Cinema Experience) Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
4K High-Precision Chroma Processing
4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling
4K 60p/50p/4:4:4 Output
FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
High Quality Sound
HDMI Low Clock Jitter Process
High-resolution Audio Playback (DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz), ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF)
Internet Apps*3
DLNA (Client/Renderer)
Network Drive Access
External HDD Playback
Web Browser*3
Wireless LAN Built-in*1
Stylish GUI
Quick Start
Home Screen Wallpaper
Control by HDMI Connection



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