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Panasonic launches UB450 UHD BD player with HDR10+ & Dolby Vision

04 Jul 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

Panasonic's new UB450 UHD Blu-ray player that was announced at CES back in January is now available in Europe. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

The first UHD Blu-ray players on the market only supported the HDR10 base format. Later on, players with either HDR10+ or Dolby Vision support were introduced.

Last year, we witnessed the emergence of the first UHD Blu-ray players to support both premium HDR video formats but these were fairly expensive high-end models. With UB450 Panasonic is launching a more affordable player with HDR support for HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, allowing the user to experience movies in the optimal way, regardless of what format the studio has opted for.


 Panasonic DP-UB450 UHD Blu-ray


UB450 comes equipped with the company's HCX video processor as well as two HDMI outputs (one for video/audio, one dedicated to audio). It can also spin HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and CDs, and it supports object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Panasonic says that it features a few built-in apps but has not provided a list.


 Panasonic DP-UB450 UHD Blu-ray

Panasonic outlines the way forward

Panasonic is not only committed to the UHD Blu-ray format but has outlined the way forward as other manufacturers are exiting the market or demonstrating a lack of interest.

Oppo and Samsung have both abandoned disc players while Sony has chosen not to implement UHD Blu-ray in the PlayStation 4 Pro. LG has not announced any new UHD Blu-ray players for 2019.

Besides UB450, Panasonic is launching a cheaper UB154 that "lacks" Dolby Vision. It has a single HDMI output.

Panasonic DP-UB450 is available now across Europe. The company has not announced plans to bring it to the US where it sells its flagship UB9000 player.

Panasonic UB450 - price & dealers

ModelFeatures Price
DP-UB450 UHD Blu-ray
HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
2 HDMI outputs
(UK)
(DE)
DP-UB154 UHD Blu-ray
HDR10, HDR10+
1 HDMI output
(UK)
(DE)



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