PANA­SONIC STAYS TRUE TO BLU-RAY IN NET­FLIX AGE

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // PANASONIC - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

Prov­ing lo­cal de­mand for qual­ity Blu-ray play­ers still ex­ists, Pana­sonic has fur­ther ex­panded its port­fo­lio with four new mod­els – the af­ford­able DP-UB320, DP-UB420, DP-UB820 and flag­ship DP-UB9000.

The Ja­panese com­pany af­firms it has the “in­dus­try’s widest 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray range”.

Just like its new 2018 OLED TVs, Pana­sonic’s 2018 Blu-ray play­ers in­cor­po­rate its up­graded HCX (Hol­ly­wood Cin­ema Ex­pe­ri­ence) pro­ces­sor.

The UB420, UB820 and UB9000 fea­ture HDR10+ dy­namic meta­data tech­nol­ogy, which claims to sig­nif­i­cantly op­ti­mise the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on a scene-by-scene ba­sis.

The UB820 and UB9000 also sup­port Dolby Vi­sion.

All 2018 Pana­sonic Blu-ray play­ers are Ul­tra HD Premium cer­ti­fied and launch­ing later this year will fea­ture voice con­trol sup­port via Google As­sis­tant and Ama­zon’s Alexa.

In­ter­act­ing with the dig­i­tal as­sis­tant, users can fast for­ward, rewind, pause and more us­ing sim­ply their voice.

All of Pana­sonic’s 2018 Blu-ray play­ers sup­port high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio, and 4K video play­back for stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix and YouTube.

THE JA­PANESE COM­PANY AF­FIRMS IT HAS THE “IN­DUS­TRY’S WIDEST 4K UL­TRA HD BLU-RAY RANGE”.

The new “ref­er­ence class” UB9000 will land lo­cally near Christ­mas and will fea­ture Pana­sonic’s high­est ever Blu-ray pic­ture and sound qual­ity.

Pana­sonic af­firms last year notched “strong” per­for­mance for its Blu-ray di­vi­sion, and the new 4K Ul­tra HD mod­els ex­pand on this suc­cess.

All 2018 mod­els will fea­ture orig­i­nal 4K Di­rect Chroma Up­scal­ing, to con­vert Full HD to 4K for strik­ing dis­play res­o­lu­tion and colours.

Three HDR ad­just­ment func­tions are also de­ployed on the new de­vices – HDR Op­ti­miser, HDR Ad­just­ment and HDR to SDR con­ver­sion.

The de­vices’ im­age pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies claims to de­liver HDR with higher def­i­ni­tion, along­side ‘tone

map­ping’ for op­ti­mal bright­ness ad­just­ment.

‘Dy­namic Range Con­ver­sion’ claims to pro­duce im­ages with bet­ter bright­ness and qual­ity than reg­u­lar Blu-ray disc im­ages on a non-HDR TV.

All of Pana­sonic’s 2018 Blu-ray play­ers sup­port high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio, and 4K video play­back for stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix and YouTube.

The forth­com­ing “ref­er­ence class” UB9000 claims to “raise the bar” for AV en­thu­si­asts, with THX cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and sur­round sound just as film­mak­ers in­tended.

Pana­sonic’s new Blu-ray play­ers will re­lease from June this year.

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