Panasonic announces DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Look out Oppo, here comes Panasonic

by Steve Withers Feb 14, 2018 at 9:01 PM

  • Panasonic pulled a surprise at their 2018 European Convention by announcing a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that is clearly taking aim at Oppo.
    The DP-UB9000 is a high-end universal disc player that includes both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision technology, as well as Panasonic's HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) processor and THX certification.

    It also has a newly-developed drive base with a 3-dimensional, thick steel plate that fixes the optical disc drive to the centre of the 2-layer chassis to reduce vibration and noise during disc rotation. The use of a 2-layer structure with a heavy steel plate for the chassis achieves a low centre of gravity and low vibration. In addition thick aluminium is used on the front and side panels, which raises the rigidity of the chassis and also reduces vibration.

    The UB9000 has twin HDMI outputs and balanced XLR analogue stereo outputs, along with support for analogue 7.1-channel audio for direct connection to a home theatre system. In addition, the UB9000 terminal is gold-plated to resist oxidisation and maintain high signal conductivity. The new player is also designed for high-resolution audio reproduction. In addition to conventional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD (11.2MHz/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz), ALAC and AIFF music files can also be reproduced.

    The UB9000 (and the UB820 and UB420) will include all the features already available on previous Panasonic 4K disc players but adds a new one in the form of the ability to select either HDR/Rec.2020 or SDR/Rec.2020 output. This can be useful for displays with limited or no HDR support such as projectors and older Ultra HD TVs, where you can still take advantage of 4K, 10-bit and a wider colour gamut but strip-out the HDR metadata.

    The DP-UB9000 will be available in the autumn and is expected to cost around £999, which would place it between the Oppo's UDP-203 and UDP-205 players.

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