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Topic # 220258 2-Aug-2017 12:32
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Just noticed

 

 

 

https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-home-entertainment/players-recorders/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-ub300-ultra-hd-4k-blu-ray-player/333187/

 

 

 

Seems its the same interface/hardware etc but without wifi and a single HDMI output but apart form that the same as the big brother.

 

 

 

Anyone see a problem with it as the price seems quite cheap (at the moment)


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  Reply # 1845074 11-Aug-2017 11:45
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Hmm I had been meaning to see what the difference is between this and the UB900. I guess I can live without WiFi, and only need one HDMI out. The Sony UBPX800 also look interesting.

 

 

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  Reply # 1849331 20-Aug-2017 18:33
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I have a DMP-UB300 bought with Hotpoints, and it seems to be multi-zoned for Blu-ray disks.

 

Both region A and region B disks play, at least for the few disks I tried.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1849332 20-Aug-2017 18:34
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is there an advantage to getting these over an xbox one s? which can be bought as low as $300 on special... just curious.


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  Reply # 1849336 20-Aug-2017 18:41
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MarkC:

 

I have a DMP-UB300 bought with Hotpoints, and it seems to be multi-zoned for Blu-ray disks.

 

Both region A and region B disks play, at least for the few disks I tried.

 

 

I'd question whether the discs are actually region locked in the first place; many aren't these days (and I believe that UHD ones don't even support it). Panasonic has historically loved region locking.


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  Reply # 1849343 20-Aug-2017 19:23
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Behodar:

 

I'd question whether the discs are actually region locked in the first place; many aren't these days...

 

 

Yes!, that's it, the movies I tested are confirmed region free disks @ http://regionfreemovies.com/, Thanks for the hint.


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  Reply # 1854108 28-Aug-2017 14:50
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FWIW I ended up buying the Sony UBPX800 from JB.

 

https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-home-entertainment/players-recorders/sony/sony-ubpx800-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-player/333278/

 

 

 

Its price/feature ratio worked for me. First thing I realised after getting it was how poorly my TV was set up PQ wise, which I have taken steps to resolve. I have only watched one full movie in 4K so far (Fast and Furious 8) which looked pretty good picture wise, however it did show issues with fast moving objects (cars) still showing some judder which I gather is a limitation of 24fps movies. I have watched a few scenes of Alien Covenant and it looks _stunning_. Have also got GotG 2 lined up to watch. Shame how much the discs still are (even overseas) hoping its not too many more months before we start getting some better deals on them. 


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  Reply # 1859997 6-Sep-2017 22:32
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Wolf man- can you tell me what streaming apps come with the X800?

YouTube 4k and Amazon 4K?

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  Reply # 1860393 7-Sep-2017 16:05
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I'll have to have a look tonight, but from recollection - stuff all. Youtube, Netflix... The Berlin Philharmonic channel... yeah not much.

 

EDIT: TBH I dont mind as have the apps I use on my Samsung, or on the cheap aliexpress android TV box that I already had. Spotify is built into my Onkyo amp. 


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  Reply # 1861695 10-Sep-2017 10:08
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WolfmanNZ:

 

I'll have to have a look tonight, but from recollection - stuff all. Youtube, Netflix... The Berlin Philharmonic channel... yeah not much.

 

EDIT: TBH I dont mind as have the apps I use on my Samsung, or on the cheap aliexpress android TV box that I already had. Spotify is built into my Onkyo amp. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks. I was thinking of swapping my Panasonic for the Sony. As the only app the Panasonic have is Netflix. While I have a 4K TV, my main viewing environment is a dedicated room with JVC projection, which of course lacks any apps, so I rely on my Intel NUC media PC (which can't do 4K 60P, unless get a new one with the Gen 7 Intel's). 

 

The problem with these cheap Android boxes is that they don't do 4K streaming from Netflix/Amazon, and it's an unknown quality regarding their upscaling quality.

 

 


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  Reply # 1862473 11-Sep-2017 18:03
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703:

 

WolfmanNZ:

 

I'll have to have a look tonight, but from recollection - stuff all. Youtube, Netflix... The Berlin Philharmonic channel... yeah not much.

 

EDIT: TBH I dont mind as have the apps I use on my Samsung, or on the cheap aliexpress android TV box that I already had. Spotify is built into my Onkyo amp. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks. I was thinking of swapping my Panasonic for the Sony. As the only app the Panasonic have is Netflix. While I have a 4K TV, my main viewing environment is a dedicated room with JVC projection, which of course lacks any apps, so I rely on my Intel NUC media PC (which can't do 4K 60P, unless get a new one with the Gen 7 Intel's). 

 

The problem with these cheap Android boxes is that they don't do 4K streaming from Netflix/Amazon, and it's an unknown quality regarding their upscaling quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

703, what player do you have??


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  Reply # 1862598 12-Sep-2017 06:54
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UB400

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  Reply # 1862772 12-Sep-2017 13:00
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703: UB400

 

 

 

How do you find it?, it seems the UB700 (not for sale in NZ) and the UB900 are the panasonic models to get, (according to reviews) but the sony also got 5 star reviews and is only $500 compared to the $750 UB900.

 

What tv do you use it with, i have a panny dx902, and it didn't play nice with my LG soundbar, so a little concerned the sony/panny set up might cause an issue.


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  Reply # 1863001 12-Sep-2017 18:43
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razor2000nz:

 

703: UB400

 

 

 

How do you find it?, it seems the UB700 (not for sale in NZ) and the UB900 are the panasonic models to get, (according to reviews) but the sony also got 5 star reviews and is only $500 compared to the $750 UB900.

 

What tv do you use it with, i have a panny dx902, and it didn't play nice with my LG soundbar, so a little concerned the sony/panny set up might cause an issue.

 

 

 

 

I use it on a JVC projector. 

 

 

 

It has the same audio and video processor as the UB900, in fact UB300, UB400, and UB900 is the same in that regard. So the OS and picture is exactly the same. Don't let some lessor reviewers lead you believe that the UB900 has better picture / sound quality. It has a USB 3.0 port, which the UB900 doesn't. Didn't go for the UB300 as that is built like crap.

 

Pros: Picture quality - doesn't get any better (both bluray and UHD bluray). Build quality is not bad, doesn't take up much space.

 

Cons: As I mentioned above, Streaming apps is lacking (however it does support Netflix 4K and HDR). Not that great as a media file playback, some audio codecs not supported (this is the same with the UB900).

 

 

 

Only had it for a few weeks, I am thinking of selling it and trying the X800 for streaming apps. But also heard the X800 is not as stable (crashes often with certain UHD bluray discs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1863050 12-Sep-2017 21:10
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703:

razor2000nz:


703: UB400


 


How do you find it?, it seems the UB700 (not for sale in NZ) and the UB900 are the panasonic models to get, (according to reviews) but the sony also got 5 star reviews and is only $500 compared to the $750 UB900.


What tv do you use it with, i have a panny dx902, and it didn't play nice with my LG soundbar, so a little concerned the sony/panny set up might cause an issue.



 


I use it on a JVC projector. 


 


It has the same audio and video processor as the UB900, in fact UB300, UB400, and UB900 is the same in that regard. So the OS and picture is exactly the same. Don't let some lessor reviewers lead you believe that the UB900 has better picture / sound quality. It has a USB 3.0 port, which the UB900 doesn't. Didn't go for the UB300 as that is built like crap.


Pros: Picture quality - doesn't get any better (both bluray and UHD bluray). Build quality is not bad, doesn't take up much space.


Cons: As I mentioned above, Streaming apps is lacking (however it does support Netflix 4K and HDR). Not that great as a media file playback, some audio codecs not supported (this is the same with the UB900).


 


Only had it for a few weeks, I am thinking of selling it and trying the X800 for streaming apps. But also heard the X800 is not as stable (crashes often with certain UHD bluray discs).


 


 



Thanks, yeah saw that they all have the same processer, but all the reviews I've see say the top 2 panny models manage to produce a slightly better picture.

And since the ub400 and the Sony a priced at around $500 my mind says go for the top of the range Sony as opposed to the mid tier panny.

Would be interested in hearing your thoughts about the Sony if you do pull the trigger on it.

Where abouts are you located?



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  Reply # 1863092 12-Sep-2017 22:31
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The Panasonic has a superior chroma upscaler. Neither the Sony or Oppo can match it. Also has a useful HDR slider as some don't like HDR to be too bright or dim depending on their TV set and time of day.

Sony is built more solid.

I'm fairly central in AK. PM me if you want the panny at a reasonable price. Or I might list it online.

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