Join Date: May 2003
Location: Chisholm, Australia
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As I've now had the player for a few days now, I though I would comment on the DMP-UB900's performance with a 4K TV (Sony XBR-65X900A) that does not have HDR, wide colour gamut or HDCP 2.2...
First off, let me say the standard Blu-ray up-scaling capability of this player is phenomenal! I have an Oppo 103D for comparison. If you have the Avatar blu-ray, throw that on and be impressed! Here lies the issue. I'm actually having a bit of a hard time seeing the differences between a standard blu-ray up-scaled by this player and a 4K one. With a 4K blu-ray the player tries to do pseudo HDR and it does not look all that different to an up-scaled standard blu-ray. I also have to fiddle with the brightness a bit on 4K HDR blu-rays because of this. 4K blu-rays are a touch sharper if you are close to the screen, but once you stand back more that a couple of metres its hard to tell them apart. Colours are maybe a touch better on a 4K blu-ray, but it is pretty close. Panasonic should be congratulated in doing such an outstanding job with the up-scaler.
If you have a TV that supports HDR and wide colour gamut you will be blown away watching 4K blu-rays or up-scaled standard blu-rays with this player. It makes me a little sad that I really should have a newer TV to appreciate the full capabilities of the DMP-UB900.
As a side note, I'm using a HD Fury Integral to overcome the lack of HDCP 2.2 copy protection on my TV. This device works exceptionally well. I told the Integral my TV supports 4K 50/60Hz at 4.2.0 and the Integral takes care of the rest. Pressing the info button on the Panasonic shows that 4K blu-rays are being received by my TV in 4K/24p 4.2.2 12bit and look great. I'm using a 10 metre powered HDMI cable which works fine at 4K/24p 4.2.2, but can't comment on 4.4.4.
Edit: I may have to retract some of what I said above. I just received the 4K version of 'Lucy' this afternoon and it looks absolutely stunning even on my 3 year old TV!
Last edited by whmacs; 09-06-2016 at 03:28 AM.