Panasonic DMP-UB900 Review – Just Deal With the Remote

What is the Panasonic DMP-UB900? It is basically the more luxurious half of the Ultra HD Blu-ray’s UK release. UHD Blu-ray, for those who like to call it this, is now (at the time of writing) the next-generation of Blu-ray that is able to support up to 4K resolution, as well as High Dynamic Range playback (HDR). It does cost a bit extra when comparing it to some of its rivals like the Samsung UBD-K8500 deck. But for that extra price, you get a number of premium video and audio features of which the company advertises it will enable to unlock the full potential of UHD Blu-ray. While it has the potential to achieve that, if only the remote wouldn’t be such a handful (no pun intended).

Panasonic DMP-UB900 Review - Just Deal With the Remote

The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is Said to Unlock the Full Potential of UHD Blu-ray

Right off the bat, the Panasonic DMP-UB900 sets the tone for being a premium device. This is due to an eye-catching beautiful design as well as with an impressive build quality. For its top plate, it has a great brushed metallic finish, while it has the fascia is placed by a drop-down smoked-glass-effect cover that does a good job of hiding its disc tray. The unit also has front-mounted USB and SD card slots, which is a good choice since users won’t have to fiddle around the sides or behind the device for the ports.

In terms of design, the DMP-UB900 has a more handsome face as compared to the Samsung’s K8500 deck. This, partly, explains the difference in the price tags. However, its looks are just the tip of the iceberg as to its price point.

For starters, the SD card slot and USB port can be used to play videos, photos, and music when connecting the device to your TV/AV audio system. For the connections on the deck, it includes a 7.1-channel analogue audio outputs along with two HDMI outputs found on its rear. Speaking of these two HDMI outputs, one is capable of bringing both picture and sound to a TV, the other is designed for audio only that can connect to a compatible AV receiver.

But what about the picture quality of the Panasonic DMP-UB900? It is nothing short as stunning. Couple that with amazing audio, along with clever scaling features, to make watching shows and movies a truly enjoyable experience. But perhaps the only real caveat of this Blue-ray deck is not with the unit itself, but with the remote. It is too cumbersome so you might fiddle around with it first so it does pose a bit of a learning curve. But when you get the hang of it, all you need to do is enjoy.


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