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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.
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I don't typically buy extended warranties. I have had no issues with the three Panasonic players I've had. That said, the Best Buy 4-year warranty for $48 seems reasonable.

Not out of the box. Some have used external devices to trick Dolby Vision with varying results (I don't recommend it). I had a UB820 on my projector for about a year but sold it and got a UB420 when Panasonic released it.

FWIW, people had a lot of issues with the original Sony X800.

Only the Panasonic players have the built in HDR Optimizer and Tone Mapping functions, 100% worth it. These functions allow you to adjust the disc HDR information to match the capabilities of your display. This is way beyond simple "brightness" settings. I should note, I do seem to recall either the Tone Mapping, HDR Optimizer or both do not work during Dolby Vision playback (by design). Not certain on that but I think so. No matter, not every disc is Dolby Vision anyhow...

There isn't a single reason to buy any other 4K Blu-ray player. Honestly. Nothing is better than these Panasonics.



I also STRONGLY recommend the Monoprice 4K Certified Premium High Speed HDMI Cables. They are cheap and certified to work. 4K is finicky with HDMI cables, I wouldn't mess around with cables unless you enjoy random issues. If you are new to 4K, this is a great time to replace all of your HDMI cables. My old "4K compatible" HDMI cables did not work so I replaced them all in 2016 and have had ZERO cable issues.

https://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=15431
I think this is the biggest sale I've seen on the UB820 so far. As far as I remember it's only been on sale for $400 in the past. I assume this is the still regarded as the best player under the $1,000 UB9000 which is $100 cheaper right now. I'm not sure I've seen the UB9000 on sale before. I don't have a dolby vision TV so I did buy the UB420 last month when it went on sale for $150. I'm tempted to get the UB820 also for when I get a dolby vision TV but I'll probably just wait for it to go on sale again after I get a new TV.
Wow, didn't know they sell $900 players.

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I think this is the biggest sale I've seen on the UB820 so far. As far as I remember it's only been on sale for $400 in the past. I assume this is the still regarded as the best player under the $1,000 UB9000 which is $100 cheaper right now. I'm not sure I've seen the UB9000 on sale before. I don't have a dolby vision TV so I did buy the UB420 last month when it went on sale for $150. I'm tempted to get the UB820 also for when I get a dolby vision TV but I'll probably just wait for it to go on sale again after I get a new TV.
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how these compares against an XBOX One X?
I used to play 4k movies and works fine
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How does the Panasonic compare to the Sony - Streaming 4K Ultra HD Hi-Res Audio Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player - Black
Model:UBPX700.

It's still $150
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Thanks OP. I was waiting to see if this would drop like this since other models saw more deeper discounts than normal.

Glad I waited.
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How does the Panasonic compare to the Sony - Streaming 4K Ultra HD Hi-Res Audio Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player - Black
Model:UBPX700.

It's still $150
Wondering the same thing.

Currently have the x700 with a 65" LGC9. Wonder if the extra $ is worth it. This is the lowest its seemed to have been so I'm contemplating pulling the trigger.
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Pulled the trigger on the 420, but now I'm wondering if I should get the 820 instead. Is it really worth more than twice the price for Dolby Vision?
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Thanks! Been waiting for the UB820 to go on sale again.
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how these compares against an XBOX One X?
I used to play 4k movies and works fine
It doesn't. All consoles as of now don't do DV or HDR+ and in some cases are producing poor black levels.
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Shame the cheaper one doesn't do DV
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Shame the cheaper one doesn't do DV
That's the point of the 820, my friend. That one destroys any other UHD player. Panasonic gotta make money somehow 🤣
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Wow, didn't know they sell $900 players.
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These players are excellent, nothing better especially if you have a projector. The built-in tone mapping and HDR Optimizer make these players better than any other plus the glorious SDR2020 functionality for projector owners. Get the UB820 if your display supports Dolby Vision, UB420 if it doesn't. Otherwise functionally identical.
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These players are excellent, nothing better especially if you have a projector. The built-in tone mapping and HDR Optimizer make these players better than any other plus the glorious SDR2020 functionality for projector owners. Get the UB820 if your display supports Dolby Vision, UB420 if it doesn't. Otherwise functionally identical.
need your opinion would you buy the extended warranty for the panny 820 ? thanks
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