I posted the below information in the Blu-ray.com thread for the Panasonic UB820 and UB9000 players, and there were some follow up posts, and also (apparent) confirmation that the Panasonic UHD players won’t pass high resolution audio when files are played via USB or over the network. This is unfortunate, but if that is that important to you, this capability is in the OPPO UDP-203.
HDTVTest (Vincent Teoh) has shown that the earlier generation Panasonic HCX processor in the Panasonic DMP-UB900 beats the OPPO UDP-203 in video quality, so the generation 3 HCX processor in the DP-UB820 should beat the UDP-203 as well.
The other feature it was hoped Panasonic would improve upon in the newer generation of HCX processor was the dynamic tone mapping. However, there is some speculation that the capability has not been improved, but this needs to be confirmed by reviewers. Oppo’s dynamic tone mapping solution is apparently not that good either.
I hope this helps, and if anything is wrong, please chime in.
Originally Posted by Wobulater View Post
The 820 manual shows the available audio formats:
Thanks for the link to the manual.
I am very curious about the Panasonic DP-UB820 capabilities concerning playback of 4KUHD backups, and looked through the manual accordingly.
For others interested in playing 4K from a USB flash drive or a FAT32/NTFS formatted HDD in a USB 3.0 enclosure), it looks like 4KUHD backups can be played back via the USB 3.0 port on the rear of the player, as it is stated on page 7: "For playback of 4K videos...".
Playback via the network appears to be more restrictive, and may not support the lossless audio formats (see page 44). Below are the specific pages from the manual where I found information; I typed in some of the information, since the PDF is secured. If interested please look to see if I am interpreting this correctly.
I am trying to decide between this player and the OPPO UDP-203 (I have one, unopened), and the decision is based upon a multitude of factors, not just picture quality.
It supports USB devices, and will play the following file types: AVCHD, AVCHD 3D, MKV, MP4, MPEG2, JPEG, MPO, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (DFF, DSF), FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
USB device: For playback of 4K videos stored on a USB device, use USB 3.0 port on rear of the unit and USB device conforming to USB 3.0.
Network playback instructions.
Network Drive Connection: This unit can access a hard disk shared folder on a network and play back videos, still pictures, and music.
Specifications, File Format: For MKV, it is stated: Resolution up to 3840 x 2160 25p/30p, 4096 x 2160 24p. The video file and subtitles text are inside the same folder, and the file names are the same except for the file extensions. Some MKV files may not be played back correctly, depending on the video resolution, frame rate condition, subtitle format and so on.
Supported format for Network Contents Playback:
Video codec: H.264 HEVC
Audio codec: AAC, PCM, Vorbis, FLAC
Video codec: H.264
Audio codec: Dolby Digital
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