Panasonic introduces new UHD Blu-ray players at CES

Panasonic has announced the launch of its latest Ultra HD Blu-ray players, the DP-UB150 and DP-UB450 series, with both models supporting HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology and the UB450 series also offering Dolby Vision.

By optimising the brightness of each image, scene by scene, these cutting-edge HDR formats reproduce HDR images that match the creator’s original intentions. Thanks to these image-optimising technologies, both the DP-UB150 and DP-UB450 series deliver a highly cinematic experience with richly textured images.

Both players feature Dolby Atmos compatibility, using height channels to precisely place sound effects or the sounds of individual objects at or above ear level.

The addition of the UB450 and UB150 series to Panasonic’s UHD Blu-ray family follows the recent launch of the highly acclaimed ‘EISA High-end UHD Blu-ray Player 2018-2019’ reference model, the UB9000 Series.

Both players feature HDR (high dynamic range), which has a wider, brighter dynamic range than conventional SDR (standard dynamic range) to produce more natural, more lifelike images when viewed on an HDR compatible TV.

Pictured top: The DP-UB150. Below: The DP-UB450

More than that, both models are also compatible with HDR10+, the latest version of HDR, which uses ‘dynamic’ metadata to re-optimise the brightness continually throughout the movie rather than sticking to a single ‘static’ setting. In addition, the UB450 supports Dolby Vision, a similar alternative to HDR10+.

4K camcorder video and JPEG playback

4K videos (MP4 format) made with a camera or camcorder can be reproduced using Panasonic’s 2019 Ultra HD Players, while JPEG data can be output in 4K resolution so users can enjoy the memories of vacation trips in all their natural beauty.

As well as this, Panasonic’s new Ultra HD Blu-ray players are equipped with High-Resolution Audio reproduction. In addition to conventional MP3/AAC/WMA formats, additionally high res audio music files such as DSD (11.2MHz/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) ALAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF can be reproduced. Simply by connecting to a home audio system users can enjoy music sources with the unmatched studio master sound quality.

Lastly, the UB450 series and UB159 model feature dual HDMI outputs for isolating and separately transmitting TV (4K video) and amplifier audio. By separating audio and video signals unwanted noise is suppressed, which results in the highest-quality sound reproduction.