Panasonic DP-UB9000 is the new Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will be positioned at the top range, taking the place of the previous UB900. Many of the features are in common with DP-UB820, the model was introduced at CES 2018 in January.
Panasonic UB9000 will be the second player on the market to support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The processor is the same HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) that we find on UB820, able to manage not only dynamic metadata but also various elaborations. We are talking about chroma upsampling, ie the ability to process signals sampled in 4:2:0 and convert them to 4:4:4.
HDR Optimizer is a feature that applies the “tone mapping” on the player, in order to optimize the luminance levels before sending the signal to the TV. The management performed by the reader will be particularly useful on televisions not equipped with advanced video processing. Always related to the signals in HDR are the brightness settings, useful for optimizing the yield in relation to the amount of light in the environment, and the conversion from HDR to SDR (Standard Dynamic Range), developed to ensure better video performance on TV not compatible with HDR.
The chassis has been designed to guarantee high rigidity and to contain vibrations. The internal structure is built with a double layer and with a heavy steel plate on the bottom. The front panel and sides are made of aluminum, while the reading mechanism is fixed to the center of the chassis.
The Panasonic UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player will have 7.1 analog outputs, balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA stereo outputs and a dual HDMI output called “Pure AV” (both will be isolated) and will also pay attention to playing music. It is present the media files in high resolution, including DSD up to 11.2 MHz, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF. Panasonic also talks about HDMI Low Clock Jitter Process, Digital Tube Sound with Upsampling and 192khz / 96kHz Surround Re-Master.
The smart features include the availability of a web browser and various applications such as YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. You can, of course, connect USB hard drives, mirror from smartphones and tablets and use streaming from the local network via DLNA. Connectivity also includes Wi-Fi. The Panasonic DP-UB9000 price has not yet been defined precisely and should arrive in the second half of this year.