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Stumbled upon B&H having a sale on the Panasonic DP-UB820-K, DP-UB420, and DP-UB9000. Missed the last Best Buy sale on the 420 and 450 but glad I waited and grabbed a 820.

Panasonic DP-UB820-K - $349.99
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...layer.html NLA

Panasonic DP-UB420 - $149.99
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...ra_hd.html NLA

Panasonic DP-UB9000 - $899.99
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...u_ray.html

Best Buy is having the same sale.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tv-h...~Panasonic

Crutchfield is having the same sale.
https://www.crutchfield.com/fg_27...ayers.html
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It looks like the DP-UB420 is $169.95 at B&H Photo. Am I missing a coupon, promo code, or something?
Same. Seems B&H raised their price on the DP-UB420.

FYI everyone, Crutchfield has the same prices for the three players listed as BB currently.
https://www.crutchfield.com/g_279...|Panasonic
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Canceled my B&H order and picked up the 820 at BestBuy. Blackout curtains + popcorn and I'll be set. Cheers
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I bought this from Best Buy a month back. Will they do a price adjustment?. The online rep was not able to help me out.
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I'll give my opinion since I have compared these two to other players including the x700/x800 and xbox.

Just understand the main thing that separates players is how they handle tone mapping and upscaling.
Since there is no set standard to it they all have their own process.

Panasonic's Optimizer and upscaling processing was hands down better than the other players.
The unique and great thing about it, basically dials in the best picture your display is capable of.

Between the the 820 & 420 the major differences are DV and more flexibility with PQ adjustments.
Keep in mind making those adjustments has a high learning curve and TBH 99% of us wouldn't need to, it's more beneficial to PJ owners.

For people asking about Xbox it was at the bottom especially with upscaling. Since Xbox only does DV with Netflix app the 420 would be more a comparison which there isn't one regarding PQ.

These are so good comparing DV digitally vs no DV on disc, it's been just as good and sometimes better.

Keep in mind the quality of your equipment, expectations and even the transfer of the movie plays a role here.
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Comparing the 420 and the 820 question. You are paying $200 more for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support? That markup is more than the cost of the 420.

I have a 55" Sony A8H OLED. Can't justify spending this much on something I would use once a month at best.
I think of this way, get for now the 420 and wait a couple of years to an upgrade when new players appear to the market, I still have hopes that OPPO come back with a best player, so for now the 420 is enough for me.
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parents just got a 4k tv. was thinking of maybe getting them either one of the two 'cheaper' players. they dont have a sound system outside of a soundbar and a sub. is there any reason to get the 350 over the 150?

thanks in advance!
simple answer no they most likely will not see/get a benefit. A good thing with these is no disc issues and the upscaling for them.
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Have the LG 77OLEDCX television, no 4k physical discs but many legacy Bluray discs. This worth the purchase to upscale those Bluray discs?
For me that is one of the biggest benefits, the upscaling.
Since I am a much bigger fan of the AQ side of movies(the better side IMO) unless it's a movie I really want and or it only got half a movie upgrade(no Atmos/X) it's not really worth the difference.
Since most movies don't get a reference transfer the upscaling on these makes it a minimal upgrade.

I get people get caught up with DV but IMO if the transfer of the movie isn't that great it's a pretty much minimal upgrade compared to the upscaling on this onto a OLED(C9).

Upon saying that if the 820 was $300 I would probably bite and replace the 420 in our living room to match the 820 in our theater room Wink5
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thanks! I buy the 420 on Crutchfield for $147 (I have some points).
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Thanks for the link on the HDMI cables and since the short ones are on sale with free shipping, I'm replacing all my cables.

I'm running an HT setup that includes: LG OLED B7A, Atmos 5.1.2 setup on an Onkyo RZ-720 firing up Martin Logan speakers, and my LG BD player that I got two years ago sucked so much that I gave up and left the discs aside and continue to stream 4K.

Time for an 820? or is there a reason to spend 900 bucks on the 9000 model? TIA and repped for your previous input!
The UB9000 has Balanced & RCA audio outputs for extreme audiophiles. If you were the type of person that would benefit from a UB9000 for this reason, you'd probably already have one. The only two other things the UB9000 offers is the metal casing (important to some people) and there is an extra Tone Mapping selection for very low nit displays.

A projector owner like myself might actually benefit from a UB9000 but I've chosen the HDR Optimizer + SDR2020 instead of the Tone Mapping. (SDR2020 bypasses the Tone Mapping functions and when SDR2020 is enabled, you set your projector/display to Gamma 2.4 and the BT2020/Wide Color Gamut color profiles.)

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I do have these cables already,but also have the X900 tv now. Just grabbed the UB420 player, and I wanted to stick under $200 budget wise, and the Sony seem to have issues.
Do I need to be looking for the 120hz 2.1 cables now?
Those would be called Ultra Certified Cables and Ultra High Speed (make certain it says exactly "Ultra Certified"). It looks like Best Buy and maybe Amazon sells them but they are kind of spendy. Might be best to wait until Monoprice starts to sell Ultra Certified Cables to get a better value. Whatever you get, make absolutely certain it is a Certified Cable It should come with a sticker and a QR code to verify certification with HDMI.org.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/rock...Id=6430950

Unless you really think you need HDMI 2.1 cables (for a gaming system that can do 4K @ 120 Hz) I'd suggest sticking with the Certified Premium cables at Monoprice: https://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=15431. It's definitely all you need for this player.
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my understanding is that Dolby Vision is an industry buzzword but essentially useless.

a) your television (especially OLED) is incapable of putting out enough brightness (nits) to even do HDR 10 (needs 1000 nits) let alone Dolby Vision (4000 nits).

b) moves are mastered at HDR 10 so even if your TV can get very bright your source is never Dolby Vision.

Eventually televisions will be able to get bright enough. But will movie studios spend the money to remaster these in 8k Dolby Vision? With physical media seemingly dying and on its way out? I'm fairly certain only movies shot in film will be able to be remastered this way and all the digital movies will just be upscaled from 2k and 4k.
Dolby Vision is actually more beneficial with an OLED than an LED...probably one of the reasons why Samsung has yet to adopt it

I can definitely see the difference in an OLED.
HDR on an OLED is also different..it doesnt get as bright as the higher end LCD's
However the fact that the black levels are true black make a huge difference in your perception

I have a couple of LCD's that can get 1500-1800 nits...Sony Z9D and X930E...so I know what a bright screen looks like
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Does this do Dolby Atmos?
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Dolby Vision is actually more beneficial with an OLED than an LED...probably one of the reasons why Samsung has yet to adopt it

I can definitely see the difference in an OLED.
HDR on an OLED is also different..it doesnt get as bright as the higher end LCD's
However the fact that the black levels are true black make a huge difference in your perception

I have a couple of LCD's that can get 1500-1800 nits...Sony Z9D and X930E...so I know what a bright screen looks like
Dolby Vision is inarguably NOT more beneficial with an OLED lmao. It's the exact opposite. Holy smokes!!

The black levels improve contrast and therefore PQ is unmatched. I know. I've got the LG C9. But that has nothing to do with color gamut. You cannot achieve these wide color gamut standards without the requisite nits .

It's great that you think it looks better though and that's all that really matters Smilie
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Dolby Vision is inarguably NOT more beneficial with an OLED lmao. It's the exact opposite. Holy smokes!!

The black levels improve contrast and therefore PQ is unmatched. I know. I've got the LG C9. But that has nothing to do with color gamut. You cannot achieve these wide color gamut standards without the requisite nits .

It's great that you think it looks better though and that's all that really matters Smilie
I think you are getting caught up in what is possible versus what is realistic in displays today

DV is more beneficial for OLED's than LCD's today
https://www.thetechlounge.com/blo...by-vision/

You should AVS forum as well as Vincent Teoh videos(HDTV test on You Tube)

And to reiterate...My eyes agree with what is stated by the professionals in regards to Tv's in my home



I would like to know what Tv's you own and what your personal experience is?
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Anyone know what the -K suffix is in the model number? I've usually only seen DP-UB820, and when I google to find out the difference I get nothing
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