It is well known that the new 3D 1.4 HDMI video
is incompatible with the 1.3 HDMI gear, especially relievers and AV controllers/processors. So manufactures of 3D Blu-ray players have developed some interesting solutions.
While largely unspoken, Panasonic appears to be competing with Oppo by improving it players overall performance with the added bonus of 3D playback. While last year’s models were designed to sell for $130, the new 300/350 are placed at $400, squarely in Oppo territory.
So what inovation and performance does the Panasonic 350 offer over the Oppo?
The Britsh sites typical offer more in-depth explanations:
True to Cinema Picture Quality
New UniPhier Image Processor
The improved processing capabilities of this new
engine make it an excellent match for the Frame Sequential technology used in FULL HD 3D. Its vibrant colour reproduction faithfully renders the original quality of each 3D image. Panasonic's unique technologies (PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus and Adaptive High Precision 4:4:4) also reproduce colours and details with even the slightest nuances, textures, and atmosphere of full-HD movies in 1080p— just as the filmmakers intended.
PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus
PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of the Blu-ray DiscTM video signal in the vertical direction. It reproduces colour data with twice the accuracy of conventional systems to keep colours faithful and sharp.
Adaptive High Precision 4:4:4
Adaptive High Precision 4:4:4 reproduces the colour signals in horizontal directions with higher resolution. Not only Full HD movies in 1080p, concert and documentary films saved in 1080i are now reproduced with greater details than ever before
. DMP-BD65/BD45 is compatible with High Precision 4:4:4.
New P4HD Enhanced Full HD Upsampling
With the new P4HD Enhanced full HD upsampling, the standard definition movies in DVD also approaches full HD quality. The picture is intelligently analyzed to have the best matching process done on each pixels.
-----HDMI Jitter Purifier
In order to reduce this jitter error to the minimum in HDMI transfer, an HDMI Jitter Purifier has been added to our Blu-ray Disc™ player so for any AV receivers or TVs, the maximum Blu-ray sound potentially can be achieved.
One output can be dedicated to an audio signal output. The twin HDMI gives better sound quality
and matches the needs of the users to have the customised cinema system with their legacy* audio equipments. (*Legacy referring to audio system incompatible to 3D content)Digital Tube Sound
Panasonic has been studying the sound of vacuum tube amplifiers for over years. And now, we are able to faithfully simulate the characteristics of the distinctive warm comforting sound of the tube amplifiers. With this feature, 3 different kinds of vacuum tubes with different personalities can be enjoyed.
High Clarity Sound
When the analogue video terminal is not being used, the electrical current that flows through the analogue video circuit can be stopped. This prevents adverse effects on the audio signals and produces clearer sound
. (* This functions only for Blu-ray disc™, DVDs, CDs and SD memory cards.)
7.1ch Analogue Out
The 7.1-channel analogue signal converted by the new 192kHz D/A converter
is transmitted in high quality. This signal can be connected to a receiver that does not support HDMI.
With these new performancing enhancing features, I'd like to see a face-off between the OPPO 83 and the Panasonic 350.
The Japanese strategy to recapture market share (and raise prices) with 3D may just be working!http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_G...880/index.html