Panasonic unveils DMP-UB400, DMP-UB310 and DMP-UB300 4K Blu-ray players at CES 2017

posted on Wednesday, 4th January 2017 by Steve May

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Reflecting growing sales of 4K discs, Panasonic has announced two new Ultra HD Blu-ray player ranges at CES 2017, comprising three models: the DMP-UB400, UB310 and UB300. The trio join the brand’s lauded DMP-UB900 and DMP-UB700 decks. The UB300 lacks Wi-fi.

All three models sport twin HDMI outputs, and 4K Netflix streaming and are compatible with High-Res Audio formats such as WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD (5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz). The UB400 also offers Panasonic’s vacuum tube listening modes, with 96-kHz/192-kHz up-sampling. In the UK, Panasonic will launch only the UB300 and UB400.

The players employ a 4K image engine developed by Panasonic Hollywood Labs, dubbed the HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) Processor. This upsamples native 4K/24p 4:2:0  Blu-ray discs to 4:4:4. 4K/60p content is output with 4:2:2 colour upsampling. Colour accuracy is said to be high. In ordinary up-sampling, the system samples adjacent, upper and lower colour pixels, and uses them to create intermediate pixels in what is called a ‘2-tap process.’ Panasonic uses a ‘multi-tap process’ to compare a number of pixels in addition to those in the upper and lower positions, and to therefore create optimal pixels.

The models also boast a 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling function, to deliver 4K-quality pictures from 2K content.

Panasonic UHD Blu -Ray Player _UB300_rear View

Interestingly, the incoming decks also introduce a new mode for viewing in rooms with high ambient light. The user can activate the function to forcibly raise the brightness of low-brightness areas. Both the UB700 and UB900 models will receive this feature via a firmware upgrade. 

The 3D Glass Cut chassis design with a bevel cut finish on all four sides is different from last year’s models.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but the new models are expected to sell for less than the UB700, when they launch in the spring.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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