Panasonic DP-UB820EB, DP-UB420EB and DP-UB320EB Owners Thread

gibbsy

Moderator
Putting a combined HDMI Audio: Off and Analogue Multi Channel: stereo button on the remote should have been possible for Panasonic (but they didn't bother). It may even be possible to program something this as a macro command sequence into a Harmony type remote.
Certainly a fairly big clanger dropped there. All actions should be able to be actioned from a remote and going from analogue to digital output is a fairly big one. A standalone CDP is going to be the right decision for @neuty in view of his misgivings and the lack of capable UD players on the market because of the current world pandemic problems.
 

IvanFraser

Active Member
Something seems a miss here with the audio issue of the 820. Why disable something on just one player when all others with the relavant connections have them enabled.

I will scream if a firmware comes out and I have returned mine. LOL
Decided I'm getting a dedicated CD Player anyway. It simplifies the whole process for me.
I'm on the latest Chinese fw 1.66 which isn't the official UK one but works fine.
I can get optical audio out fine.
If you just want spdif cd out to your amp it would work fine.
It's only analogue stereo that doesn't automatically output without changing the hdmi to off.
 

neuty

Distinguished Member
I'm on the latest Chinese fw 1.66 which isn't the official UK one but works fine.
I can get optical audio out fine.
If you just want spdif cd out to your amp it would work fine.
It's only analogue stereo that doesn't automatically output without changing the hdmi to off.
I was able to get digital audio and hdmi working fine no problems.

As posted and confirmed in the thread, analog audio and digital was a no go.

Carl
 

Doctor Smith

Well-known Member
Finally managed to get a refurbished ub820 from Panasonic outlet for 179. If anyone's interested at the time of writing they have 2 in stock.
Will be pairing it with a c9 oled. Are there any settings I should change on the player or TV when I go through setup? Thanks
 

goingoingong

Distinguished Member
Finally managed to get a refurbished ub820 from Panasonic outlet for 179. If anyone's interested at the time of writing they have 2 in stock.
Will be pairing it with a c9 oled. Are there any settings I should change on the player or TV when I go through setup? Thanks
If your C9 is like my E8: TV UHD deep colour needs to be on for the HDMI port the player is connected to (will probably auto set to this when it first detects a UHD signal, TV will then reboot. )

Player
display type: Oled
If playing audio through something which can decode HD soundtracks
all audio types: bitstream
secondary audio: off

Apart from that 'automatic' or player set settings are usually OK.
 

Doctor Smith

Well-known Member
If your C9 is like my E8: TV UHD deep colour needs to be on for the HDMI port the player is connected to (will probably auto set to this when it first detects a UHD signal, TV will then reboot. )

Player
display type: Oled
If playing audio through something which can decode HD soundtracks
all audio types: bitstream
secondary audio: off



Apart from that 'automatic' or player set settings are usually OK.

If your C9 is like my E8: TV UHD deep colour needs to be on for the HDMI port the player is connected to (will probably auto set to this when it first detects a UHD signal, TV will then reboot. )

Player
display type: Oled
If playing audio through something which can decode HD soundtracks
all audio types: bitstream
secondary audio: off

Apart from that 'automatic' or player set settings are usually OK.
Do I turn off tone mapping on the TV?
 

goingoingong

Distinguished Member
Do I turn off tone mapping on the TV?
Up to you. I usually prefer it off (I find it elevates the black levels) but sometimes have it on.
AFAIK the C9 DTM has improved over that in the E8 so always on may be fine to your eyes.

I have two HDMI cables going from my AVR to the E8, one to a port with DTM off and one to a port with DTM on. So it's fairly easy to flick between on or off by changing the HDMI port in use.
 
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IvanFraser

Active Member
I was able to get digital audio and hdmi working fine no problems.

As posted and confirmed in the thread, analog audio and digital was a no go.

Carl
It looks like you've made the right decision.
According to the following tests Panasonic DP-UB820 UHD Player Review the ub820 has sub par performance over the analogue stereo outs.
I'm glad I kept the 900 for its ability to play stereo analogue well because it has a better separate dac dedicated to the analogue section that is of a higher quality. So I can continue to enjoy my hi res blu discs via headphones unencumbered by the 48khz downsampling imposed via the spdif circuit.
I think I did notice an inferior sonic performance over analogue stereo when I first got the 820 and assumed it was merely a case of it being new and as yet not burned in.
This fellow also examined the 9000 and found its analogue stereo performance to be very good Panasonic DP-UB9000 UHD Player Review
On balance, I think the extra outlay for the 9000 to achieve the better analogue stereo would be justifiable if making a first purchase upgrade from something much cheaper. As a dac and cd transport to upgrade a standalone cd player and uhd player in one go, this would be a no brainer.
As it stands, I think I've convinced myself that I have a decent hi res analogue player in the 900 with a great av hdmi setup in the 820. I can use the spdif to the headphone dac/amp from the 820 and get decent stereo or mono performance whilst watching it.
(for serious hi res dsd listening, the pc wired to the pre amp via ethernet is superior - even the 900 is vastly inferior)
I also have the the 820's to my preamp through the spdif in the tv in pcm and so gain decent stereo audio over the stereo speakers or via headphones that way, even for dolby or dts encoded 2 channel material, without having to mess with any settings in the 820.
I do that regularly when watching older movies in stereo/mono rather than go through the av amp.
All bases covered then. No longer coveting the 9000 :0)
 
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Teej71

Standard Member
I purchased one of the two refurbished ub820’s on eBay, that Doctor Smith advised above. Just testing it on my only 4K disc -The Revenant...I’m not exactly feeling any ‘pop’. Do all these ‘0 nit’ readings look right,& anyone any tips as to how to correct? Cheers
 

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goingoingong

Distinguished Member
I purchased one of the two refurbished ub820’s on eBay, that Doctor Smith advised above. Just testing it on my only 4K disc -The Revenant...I’m not exactly feeling any ‘pop’. Do all these ‘0 nit’ readings look right,& anyone any tips as to how to correct? Cheers
Yes. It's a disc without any metadata and 1000 nits. As such HDR Optimiswer can't do anything.
However The Revenant is one of thr best looking discs out there and shouldn't need any pop.
What is your TV?
 

Teej71

Standard Member
Yes. It's a disc without any metadata and 1000 nits. As such HDR Optimiswer can't do anything.
However The Revenant is one of thr best looking discs out there and shouldn't need any pop.
What is your TV?
An ez952 65’. I think what you’re saying is that because the disc isn’t hdr10+, it’s regular hdr-that this section, regarding Metadata, isn’t relevant?
 

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