Panasonic's upcoming DMP-UB900 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will go on sale in April for £599...

Panasonic's European convention is currently under way in Frankfurt and the company has finally divulged some key pieces of information about its brand-new 4K disc spinner. The DMP-UB900 will cost £599 (we were originally told it would be under €1000/£730) and the machine will be available to buy in April.

But that's not all. Anyone who splashes the cash on the player will get a couple of 4K Blu-ray discs thrown in as part of the deal - Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas.

Panasonic already has the DMR-UBZ1 4K Blu-ray recorder on sale in Japan, but this is the company's first machine dedicated purely to disc playback.

As we reported back at CES in January, The DMP-UB900 is capable of playing Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, with support for 4K/60p playback as well as HDR (High Dynamic Range) video. 

It is THX Certified, has a wide colour gamut of BT.2020 and a brightness range of up to 10,000 nits. In short, the Panasonic 4K player promises to deliver finer detail, vivid colours and better contrast between light and dark areas than ever before. We can't wait to test it.

More after the break

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The DMP-UB900 will also support 4K video-on-demand services. While the services haven't been officially named yet, we're hoping that  Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube are on the list.

There are twin HDMI outputs, an optical output, and 7.1-channel analogue audio outputs.

It's not all about the 4K video resolution, though: the player is equipped with five 24-bit/192kHz DACs for each channel, and can support all popular hi-res formats including ALAC, FLAC and DSD (5.6 and 2.8 MHz). Music files can also be upsampled.

The DMP-UB900 is a fully networked player, with built-in wi-fi and DLNA on board, meaning you'll be able to stream music and videos from compatible devices. You can also share and watch 4K footage shot on a compatible camera.

And finally: there is a backlit remote control.

MORE: Panasonic DMP-UB900 4K Blu-ray player: everything you need to know

Comments

gel's picture

Cheers WHF!

Cheers WHF!

stevee1966's picture

SACD

I wish Panasonic would go 'universal' and include sa-cd and dvd-a formats on their players.

johnjay's picture

Scantish features for £600

Expensive disc spinners are a media piece of any enthusiasts set-up with improved network compatibility & most important the apex of PQ and movie SQ. Would it kill Pana to inlude an HDMI input esp. as it will likely come with proper upscaling and another USB port?

Oppo will show them...again, how to bring a high quality player to the market.

Barry Colgan's picture

No recording/tuner

For £599 I'd expect a bit more.

Personally I wish they would do the BD Recorder with dual Freesat tuner built in.

The DMR-BW850 was and is a great machine and it would be great to get a 4K version.

Graham Luke's picture

Yeah, but....

Yeah, but will it be better than my VHS player, the superb Chung Wah 2000 I picked up in the Cowdenbeath Co-op? It came free with 'Rocky VI'.

Offers welcome...

Vincent Rubino's picture

My Life's DREAM!

My life's dream is to buy this ultra HD player and buy the Ultra HD discs! I have a sony 4k hard drive 4k player, but th emovies are so expensive and they take days to download! I can't wait for this machin to come out in the united states!!! I can't find it on the panasonic website though.

Great job Panasonic! And it looks SO much nicer than the hideous Samsung 4k player.