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Panasonic DP-UB420 4K HDR10+ (non-Dolby Vision) Blu-ray Player now available..
Next concern regarding UHD and Blu-ray playback...
I bought two copies of The Great Wall and put one 4k UHD disk in my new UB420 and the other 4k UHD disk in my $100 LG UP870. I spent hours yesterday comparing the two watching through basically the whole movie and switching back and forth as fast as I could push DVD or Bluray on my AVR and the signal could lock in. I couldn't tell the difference. I called my 8 year old daughter down to see if it was just me. She couldn't either. I then threw in both Blu-rays of the same movie to compare, and it still was so close I’m not sure I could tell the difference between both upscalers either - though their might have been a small inconsequential difference that nobody would notice in real life without direct A/B. So the upscaling from 1080p to 4k concern is no carrot from my previous gear. Either my LG is good or this Panasonic is overrated. Since streaming interface and functionality appears poor (see previous post) that leaves HDR optimizer as the carrot.
Can anyone point me to something the HD Optimizer clearly excels in on the Panasonic? Its still new to me, but I tried immediate switching with 2 disks of The Great Wall, and switched a single 4K UHD disk back and forth of The Greatest Showman and Passengers to further compare and I can see a very small utility for the HD Optimzer, but this isn't some massive must have difference over my LG player that has no equivalent function. At this point I’d rather have my $150 bucks. Now I know people say this functionality was worth the original nearly $1k price of the original UB900 and thats the perspective I was expecting (tempered realistically of course). (For reference I thought the Darbee was worth $200 for 1080p quality increase — so Im not a “shun all enhancement” type enthusiast)
So far I’m just not understanding why this Panasonic player gets so much praise?
I don't have a true 4k projector. I have a Epson 5040UB that is a pixel shifter for faux 4K. Also I have the 10Gbps HDMI chip limitation on my projector, which to be fair may hamstring my satisfactory results — but then if I had the perfect 1000 NIT HDR display device I wouldn't need the whole selling point behind HD Optimzer.
So outstanding question is: what movie will sell me on HD Optimizer functionality?
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