Panasonic UHD Blu-ray Player Due in September

Panasonic will join Samsung and Philips to become the third company to offer an Ultra HD Blu-ray player in September when it ships the DMP-UB900.

Previewed at CES in January, the player supports high dynamic range (HDR) playback, is THX-certified, and incorporates image enhancing technology from the prestigious Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. 4K image color signals (4:2:0) are interpolated into 4K (4:4:4) by a multi-tap chroma process for natural textures and depth, according to Panasonic.

The DMP-UB900 will sell for $700 on and at retail locations including Best Buy Magnolia.

The player supports internet-delivered 4K video from YouTube and Netflix, Miracast content mirroring, and features a 192 kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for compatibility with high resolution music files, including DSD.

Features include:
• 4K 60p/50p output
• 4K networking
• 4K upscaling
• Picture presets
• 7.1ch analog audio output
• High-quality power supply and audio circuitry
• Twin HDMI with “low clock jitter” processing
• DLNA (client/renderer)
• Network drive access
• External HDD playback
• Wi-Fi and Web browser
• Quick start playback

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CinemaDude's picture

Am I reading this correctly...a $700 price-tag and they didn't throw in the capability to playback 3D BDs? I guess I'll wait until the price drops like stone as has been the case on every generation of optical disc playback systems EVER. I wonder what this player or one with the same specs will cost a year or two from now.

My first CD player was a Techniques -- it was $800 back in the late 70s, and adjusted for inflation, that probably actually cost me $1,800 back then; it did nothing but Play, skip Forward & Backward, power On and Off...didn't even have scan.

Quite frankly, a BR player that won't play 3D discs is dead to me.

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