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Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player w/ HDR10+ & Dolby Vision (DP-UB820-K) EXPIRED
Thanks to community members supermanrob & av911 for finding these deals.
- Enjoy a new level of premium home entertainment with high dynamic range playback in four 4K/HDR formats — HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby vision and hybrid log-gamma (hog)
- Panasonic powerful HCX Processor (Hollywood Cinema experience) delivers precise Chroma and HDR processing for beyond-dazzling color and detail in all your 4K/HDR content
- Works with Alexa - command a variety of operations without your remote with Alexa, Plus Access a wider variety of 4K content with 4K VOD streaming from Prime video, Netflix and YouTube
- 192-kHz/32-bit 4-DAC for high-res audio that reveals both rich and delicate tones. Twin HDMI terminals separate and transmit A/V signals for higher sound quality.
- Connect to your audio system for Hi-Res studio Master sound from DSD (5. 6 MHz/2. 8 MHz/11. 2MHz) and ALAC music files and WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA/AIFF formats.
Editor's Notes & Price Research
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
Priority for AV budget:
V: Display quality -> calibration of display -> source quality
A: Room sound treatment -> Receiver/Amp quality -> Speakers quality
Bad calibration = no point in picking premium sources
Poor sound in room = no point in wasting money on higher end speakers (unless you are trying to hear more clarity in your reflections)
People that know what's the best, go here for tips and help calibrating and setting up the home theater.
People that don't care, don't bother with this. Above your pay grade.