Edited May 15, 2021
at 04:50 AM
So Best Buy has the Panasonic DP-UB820-K 4K Player on sale for $399. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/pana...Id=6278202
This is not the lowest it's been($350) but if you were in the market for the best player on the reasonable market this is it.
Some things people always ask, what makes this better than the other players:
The main thing that separates all the players is how they process HDR thru tone mapping & their upscaling.
Since there is no set standard, every manufacturer has their own criteria.
This is what separates Panasonic's 820(& 420) to the others, their "optimizer" processing and upscaling is easily better than the others.
Panasonic claims that the "optimizer" optimizes the best picture your display is capable of delivering, whatever it does it does very well.
I have personally compared them side by side to Sony(X700/X800),LG,Xbox and found it easily better than them.
Other common question 820/420 vs Xbox: If gaming is in the picture at all just go with Xbox, no reason to have two components.
820 vs 420:
820 has DV, 7channel output & more intuitive PQ adjustments.
The PQ adjustments most of us would not use/need.
The 7 channel outs are for people that don't want to change receivers/pre pro
DV comes down to how much you value it.
Again this is not the lowest it's been but seems the sale doesn't pop up as much as it did in the past.
If you can live without DV, the 420 is a tremendous value especially when it's goes down under $150, which hasn't happened in awhile.
FYI looks like Amazon has jumped in at $397 and Crutchfield is at $399 also.
https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-...1627823810 >Now $397.99