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Panasonic DMP-UB900

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Reviewed by John Archer

22 April 2016

Panasonic DMP-UB900

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The best 4K Blu-ray player on the market

Key features:
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray support
  • HDR support
  • Proprietary upscaling
This is the new royalty among Blu-ray players. The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is a 4K Blu-ray player that delivers the best image quality we’ve ever seen from a deck.

If you have the money to spend, it’s unbeatable right now. Conscious that there aren’t all that many 4K Blu-ray discs available at launch, Panasonic has built great upscaling into the machine too, and there's support for HDR.

The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is also a looker, with a smoked glass-effect front.

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At time of review the Panasonic DMP-UB900 was available for £600.

Our Score:

10

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Ike Bottema

February 23, 2016, 12:42 am

You must be Kidding! Either that or you actually haven't tried the BP550 yourself.

OK the Blu-ray itself is fine. No issue there. But the WiFi frankly sucks ... like big time! Set it up to connect, Fine so far. but notice there are no options to speak of. IP address and DNS etc cannot be set manually for example. True, not many people play with that level of detail however get this... it doesn't save passwords! So when the link goes down and you reconnect, guess what, it's time to reenter the password again! That gets old real quick when the link is somewhat flaky.

That's bad enough but now you're connected and using Netflix say. Now you get to experience frequent pauses as the buffer overflows (presumably). Brings me back to several years ago using an underpowered PC and low-bandwidth Internet connection. "Oh it must be your connection" you say? No. Not so much. I have tried other Blu-ray players with WiFi as well as a WD TV Live media player that I can hook up easily to compare. Nothing performs as dismally as the BP550.

Another fail is the fact that no CD playlist info is displayed when playing music. And some CDs are flagged as faulty but reinserting them a few times will finally allow them to be played.

Out of a scale of 0 to 10, I rate this Blu-ray player a minus 5!

Ike Bottema

February 23, 2016, 12:53 am

I tried the Sony BDP-S5500 myself. Not bad. Slick setup and nice user interface. The remote isn't prone to fat-fingering so that's nice too. The biggest problem I have with the Sony is that the player has to call home to do anything. I found out about that after purchase because I was having a problem (can't recall exactly what it was) so went to the Sony site to get the manual --- you know when all else fails RTFM :) Anyway while at the site, I read some of the reviews and it seems many people had extended periods of Netflix unavailability because as it turns out, Netflix was working just fine but a Sony server was down (apparently for several weeks and not just a one-time thing) I said to myself "screw this, I'm not going to chance an unnecessary point of failure" so brought the unit back.

Ike Bottema

February 23, 2016, 12:57 am

The Samsung BD-J7500 isn't bad but the remote sucks big time. The buttons are too close together even the arrow navigation arrows. It becomes very frustrating attempting to navigate through menus esp when emulating keyboard functions. One wrong move and kiss a long string goodbye! So I kissed the player goodbye.

EM87

June 3, 2016, 6:41 pm

Eh, i'm buying the Sony BDP-S6500. It's just amazing for its price (100€).

Rex Steinkuller

June 12, 2016, 6:29 pm

So I got the Samsung BD-J5700 cause it has "Opera TV Store" but there's no Opera browser there?! Samsung support was clueless! I finally figured out, on my own, I should've gotten the J6300 which also has 3D which I don't want...arghh!

edward brady

August 26, 2016, 3:24 am

Oppo is Clearly the Best! period!

Lexington Goyle

January 7, 2017, 8:02 pm

Streaming is convenient but disc formats have superior quality over streaming. The layman looks at the resolution but an enthusiast can clearly see the difference between streaming/digital download and disc playback. Most streaming movies are maybe a gig or two in size where on disc the movie is anywhere from 20-60 gigs depending on the production. And this is only with the 1080 format.

At the end of the day I prefer to maintain a physical library with superior quality video for my money. Unfortunately the layman, being larger in numbers, will ultimately influence this and it will be betamax vs vhs all over again with the layman choosing an inferior format over superior and the superior format ultimately being killed off because of it.

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