Panasonic announces DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Posted 04 January 2017 18:42 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Panasonic today announced the DMP-UB400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player which supports  HDR, 4K streaming services and according to the Japanese electronics giant, is ready for 8K Ultra HD as well.

The DMP-UB400 is a fully fledged and complete Ultra HD Blu-ray player which not only plays Ultra HD Blu-ray discs but is also able to stream 4K video on demand. It is able to display HDR content and supports the latest BT.2020 standard for a large color gamut.

Interesting about the announcement is that Panasonic claims that the player is 8K Ultra HD ready, although it’s unclear how this will works in the future.

The DMP-UB400 has two HDMI outputs that separate audio and video signals to suppress unwanted noise and achieve high-quality audio reproduction. Panasonic uses its HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) CPU in the player that is able to upscale 2K video to 4K Ultra HD quality.

The DMP-UB400 is also able to playback high resolution audio. Besides the traditional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA-formats also DSD- (5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) and ALAC-music files can be played back.

Panasonic has not announced any information on the release date nor any price indication. Full specifications can be found here.

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Posted on: 04 Jan 17 19:54
"two HDMI outputs that separate audio and video signals to suppress unwanted noise and achieve high-quality audio reproduction"

This is pure BS. The separate HDMI audio output is for users who don't have an AVR that can do 4- or 8K passthru to their TV or projector. The main HDMI connection carries video to the display device and the audio output carries HD audio to an AVR. Using one connection for audio and video has no detrimental effect or "unwanted noise" on the audio, period. Anyone who claims otherwise is engaging in audiophoolery.
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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Jan 17 21:32
The newer, high bandwidth audio signals can not be transmitted over SPDIF connections. TRueHD DTS-HD/MA etc. need the HDMI connection to be transmitted to the receiver. I wonder if some receivers will have issues with an HDMI connection only containing audio signals?

Also, I have a decent Denon AVR that does 4k but I don't use it for video playback except for the cable TV box. I get much better video quality connecting the computer's video card directly to the TV. I use the motherboard's HDMI output to feed audio to the AVR. The two HDMI connections allow the user to do the same even if their AVR is 4k capable.
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