Panasonic DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray Player £175 Amazon Prime Day
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Panasonic DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray Player £175 Amazon Prime Day

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Cracking price indeed
But do I keep the ub700 ordered 30 minutes ago at £199, or change to this newer version at £24 less
Can't decide

update.... cancelled UB700 @ £199 and ordered UB400 @ £175. This new player performs the same as the older players according to most reviews (everyone should take anything what hifi says with a large pinch of salt)
Edited by: "pud77" 11th Jul

Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking as i am not sure

pud77

Cracking price indeedBut do I keep the ub700 ordered 30 minutes ago at … Cracking price indeedBut do I keep the ub700 ordered 30 minutes ago at £199, or change to this newer version at £24 lessCan't decide



Keep the UB700. It’s a better player.


msiddiq1989

Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking … Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking as i am not sure



Depends. These play 4K discs correctly whereas the Xbox One S’ gamma curve isn’t outputting correctly (which affects the HDR quality). Picture and sound quality are better on these too. All depends if you’ll notice these things but the Xbox One S isn’t anywhere near as good as these. There are also issues with some discs freezing and refusing to play on the Xbox One S too.

If you want just a dedicated 4K blu ray player then I’d go with one of the Panasonic players. If you don’t think you’ll notice the difference in sound and picture quality and want a games console then maybe the Xbox One S would be better.

Is this region free?

cutthroat_jake

Is this region free?


No, it's taken

Are there any 4K players without a chassis fan? I find the fans noisy and distracting.

@ Biddy2
The UB700 order is cancelled now. But I would love to know if you have personal experience with both ? Better play in what way ? AV Forums and HDTV test could not find any difference other than the UB400 having a few better buttons on the remote
Oh and I have an LG 65C6 so I do appreciate quality, but I think buying the older 700 here would have been placebo
Edited by: "pud77" 11th Jul

cutthroat_jake

Is this region free?



As far as I’m aware, 4K blu rays are region free but these players will be region locked for standard bluray and dvds. Silly, I know.

pud77

@ Biddy2The UB700 order is cancelled now. But I would love to know if you … @ Biddy2The UB700 order is cancelled now. But I would love to know if you have personal experience with both ? Better play in what way ? AV Forums and HDTV test could not find any difference other than the UB400 having a few better buttons on the remote



Picture and sound quality is the same from what I hear. It’s mainly down to the player’s build quality and little things like the LED front display on the player. It all depends if the extra £24 is worth that to yourself. It was those little things that pushed me towards the UB700 but I’m fussy.

Whichever you choose between the two, you can’t go wrong really.

You're right they are both great deals, and I'll pass on the LED display for £25 to greet me with hello and throw light into the room .Thanks for your input
The LG UP970 is also a good deal at £220 with DV and HDR You-Tube.
But @ £175 you cannot go wrong with this deal. Jump on it before it goes
Edited by: "pud77" 11th Jul

msiddiq1989

Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking … Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking as i am not sure



The ub700 has a gigabit ethernet port on the back, I the ub400 is only 100 megabit, from what i know that is the only difference, against the more expensive 700, on the plus side the 400 has a couple of new features that the 700 does not have, i cant remember what they are of the top of my head.lol.

Info button on the remote and the quick access hdr adjustment setting is what the 400 has over the 700.
But it's irrelevant now because the 700 is back up to normal price

I said to myself that I would wait until a dedicated uhd player hit £150 before purchasing. But this is so tempting...

Yes, it will be an improvement over my xbox one s, but should I or shouldn't I....?

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pud77

Cracking price indeedBut do I keep the ub700 ordered 30 minutes ago at … Cracking price indeedBut do I keep the ub700 ordered 30 minutes ago at £199, or change to this newer version at £24 lessCan't decide

msiddiq1989

Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking … Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking as i am not sure


UB700 has better build quality, a screen and is bigger but playback wise they are identical. I personally went with the 400 as I prefer the smaller form factor.

Multi Region for normal DVD by hack remote

msiddiq1989

Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking … Isn't buying the xbox better option with 4K player built in? Just asking as i am not sure



Spot on, buy an Xbox one S, which you can get a great £180 bundle on here with extra controller and game. Sell the spare controller for £30, so basically pay £150 for a 4k player....and a console. Instead of this £175 for just a player. Madness

davieshotspurs

Spot on, buy an Xbox one S, which you can get a great £180 bundle on here … Spot on, buy an Xbox one S, which you can get a great £180 bundle on here with extra controller and game. Sell the spare controller for £30, so basically pay £150 for a 4k player....and a console. Instead of this £175 for just a player. Madness



I don't know about madness, using a dedicated player like this will be a better experience than using an Xbox. I am using an Xbox One as a bluray player at the minute and compared to a dedicated spinner it's rubbish frankly. It's mearly useable as opposed to a great experience you get with a real player.

Xbox One is worse than PS3 for Bluray playback, but to be fair PS3 was a really good player.
Edited by: "baseley09" 11th Jul

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davieshotspurs

Spot on, buy an Xbox one S, which you can get a great £180 bundle on here … Spot on, buy an Xbox one S, which you can get a great £180 bundle on here with extra controller and game. Sell the spare controller for £30, so basically pay £150 for a 4k player....and a console. Instead of this £175 for just a player. Madness



Not everyone has an interest in games or wants an ugly white box under their TV. Plus, as already mentioned a dedicated player will deliver a far better experience than the Xbox.

cutthroat_jake

Is this region free?



- UHD disks have no region coding
- Blu Rays are region-sensitive, so would imagine only plays region-free or Region B disks.
- For DVDs, it probably isn't region-free 'out of the box' but you can get service remotes from EBay for about £12 that make the machine region-free in a couple of minutes.

I bought the UB700 a couple of weeks ago, from Hughes, for £225 (Father's Day sale), and would highly recommend it.

Here's a cnet review from last month.

cnet.com/new…po/

Not the greatest review but they say they can't notice a difference in picture quality.

Stupid question from me here. When i set up my xbox s, i will obviously set my tv to game mode hdr. When i want to watch 4k movies, i take it i will have to change my tv picture settings to lets say movie hdr? I have a lg c6 tv. Maybe this could be why some reviews have said there is a slightly worse picture quality, reviewing in game mode?

I bought a xbox one s this morning, getting it tomorrow. I will have a play about with it to see if there is a difference between the 2 modes.

Edited by: "smcbeath" 11th Jul

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smcbeath

Here's a cnet review from last … Here's a cnet review from last month.https://www.cnet.com/news/4k-blu-ray-player-shootout-xbox-one-s-vs-samsung-vs-sony-vs-oppo/Not the greatest review but they say they can't notice a difference in picture quality.Stupid question from me here. When i set up my xbox s, i will obviously set my tv to game mode hdr. When i want to watch 4k movies, i take it i will have to change my tv picture settings to lets say movie hdr? I have a lg c6 tv. Maybe this could be why some reviews have said there is a slightly worse picture quality, reviewing in game mode? I bought a xbox one s this morning, getting it tomorrow. I will have a play about with it to see if there is a difference between the 2 modes.



I think it is highly unlikely that they would leave it in the wrong input mode.
If you read the HDTV test review and others, they all say the one S pushes too much red, thus not displaying natural colours and affecting IQ.
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