Totally agree Andy. I seen a box re-opening on YT and this player looks nice from the front but seems plasticy, light with just the usual set and quality of inputs you would expect from a player over £150.Thanks for the review Steve, I think I'm actually going to get the Samsung after reading that, I can't justify another £170 for what sounds like very minimal improvements. Other reviews have definitely suggested the colours seem better on the Panny compared to the Samsung (more saturated) and the picture is sharper compared to the Samsung, do you not agree that those differences are particularly noticeable then if indeed they do exist?
Aye, and the included films aren't a barebones UHD disc with no BD and no digital copy like the Samsung pack-in edition Martian, you really are getting £50 worth of retail UHD discs in the box. That brings the difference down to £120 (or £70 in my case as I've got the player on order for £550 ) and IMO it's worth that for the adjustable SDR conversion alone over the Samsung.Whilst it may not be £170 better I think it has enough edge (plus the extra film) to be the no 1 choice.
Plus its pretty certain which ever one you get that some people will upgrade to nxt years model and this model will hold its value better than the Samsung.
Show it how? Isn't part of the historical waffle about Oppo also due to the hefty audio tech that they include, so that would make it just as useless as this player, no? And I find it plenty ironic that a lot of people champion the Oppos for them being a great media streamer, which for me completely belies the point of spending £1000 on a disc player that's built like the proverbial brick outhouse.Totally agree Andy. I seen a box re-opening on YT and this player looks nice from the front but seems plasticy, light with just the usual set and quality of inputs you would expect from a player over £150.
£600 even for this is way overpriced imo. Apart from the UHD/HDR capability and the seemingly more reports of incremental improvements of UHD, this player looks basic for a £600 player.
Maybe the Audio capability makes it worth it for some, I don't know.
I think Oppo will show why a player can command more around this price apart from the super high-end players That may come like say a UHD version of the Oppo 105 or the likes of a Marantz native 4K £1200 player... If they go ahead. I dont know anything about confirmation of high-end units.
With features like HDMI inputs, using an up to date processor, yes media streaming for convenience which is going to become even more apparent, the multitude of C.I.H options for PJ users and general convenience. I havent had the experience with the '103 that you have had with the '95 (since I stopped using both USB inputs).Show it how? Isn't part of the historical waffle about Oppo also due to the hefty audio tech that they include, so that would make it just as useless as this player, no? And I find it plenty ironic that a lot of people champion the Oppos for them being a great media streamer, which for me completely belies the point of spending £1000 on a disc player that's built like the proverbial brick outhouse.
I was always skeptical about the Oppo hype and after having actually owned one - the 95, which was the buggiest BD player I've ever used - I was even less convinced. Is the Panasonic overpriced for what it is, considering that UHD Blu is an evolution of the tech rather than a revolution? Absolutely. But Panasonic don't have the monopoly on overpriced Blu-ray players, that's for sure.
Oh, I'm not after exchanging fully itemised lists of features but now I do have a better idea of what you're after, so thanks. I'd say that expecting something like an HDMI input seems a little unrealistic seeing as no-one but Oppo (AFAIK) has done such a thing, and the aspect options for CIH are great but extremely niche (though the Panny does have subtitle shift), and it's probably obvious where I stand on streaming: couldn't give a monkey's.With features like HDMI inputs, using an up to date processor, yes media streaming for convenience which is going to become even more apparent, the multitude of C.I.H options for PJ users and general convenience. I havent had the experience with the '103 that you have had with the '95 (since I stopped using both USB inputs).
Granted I should have been more clear about my own expectations and by the way you abruptly asked "Show it how?" as your 1st part of your post, we may end up going back and forward, to and forth. It was a personal observation not meant to upset anyone that likes the panny.
Only way to find out is to use a colourimeter and measuring software. My 55X9005B digs out 466 nits at 100% peak brightness.An excellent in depth review, thanks Steve How do I find out what the peak brightness is on my panel? I have a Sony KD 79X9005B which has a VA panel, but I can't find any information on its peak brightness anywhere. It did have a major update recently which some say was to help with HDR content, but again finding out what the update actually did seems to be another Sony secret as there's no information out there!
You may not have something setup right. Lookup the whathifi review on this player, they've used the 520 and were blown away and their review is in-line with this one. You do realise that HDR needs a different picture setup?I tested the Panasonic DMP-UB900 with a projector Sony VPL-VW520ES and the results have been dismal. The HDR does not work properly and the picture looks very bad.
Clearly, Sony should resolve this issue and it takes too long to do so.
This issue says little in favor of Sony, who sells a projector with HDR with a very high price that does not meet the parameters correctly.
It's a brave new world alright. Fun times ahead!Of course Geoff I understand it's a whole new player , anyone that has the UHD resolution screen is in for a treat I'm sure... and it's not before time either. I don't normally bother mention YT videos as any type of guidance and perhaps should have left it out as we all know how YT vids can be interpreted. I also know your reasons for your opinions regarding specification also. Thanks for taking the time to explain.
Well I am looking forward to hopefully good positive feedback from the likes of yourself as I know you know your way around decent kit, and any other owners who are able to get it performing as it should.
This time a few days we all may be looking at a whole new breed of UHD TV screenshots from both players and for that I will be grateful, as if we want to enjoy UHD at it's full capability PQ wise, along with new audio codecs, this is the direction we all must go.
If there is no sign of a DV capable player by then, what would you be waiting for? I think you have answered your own query with the latter part of your post.I will get a LG E6 this summer (July) would you guys recommend me to wait for a DV 4k player or should i get a Panasonic/Samsung 4k player before so i can watch some 4k blu rays?