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Panasonic UB420 4K HDR10+ Player - £149 @ Currys
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Panasonic UB420 4K HDR10+ Player - £149 @ Currys

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Posted 26th Aug 2018

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I've just reserved one of these to collect in store tomorrow as its only 5 minutes from where I live but this seems incredibly cheap for a UB420. Elsewhere its going for quite a bit more. Either way, it will replace my UB300 player which lacks the HDR10+ feature.... which someday, Panasonic will bring to their TV line up.... tick tock...

Top features:

- See all the details in 4K Ultra HD

- HDR optimises your entertainment

- Beautifully realistic colour with HCX picture processor

- Stay entertained with Netflix and Prime Video in 4K

Even on PC Worlds Ebay store its £249.99.
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Looks like a misprice to me?
Heat added
Frank30uk39 s ago

Looks like a misprice to me?


People have collected as per AVforums, so seems genuine.
Isn’t everything digital nowadays what else can you do one this box apart from disks
Frank30uk10 m ago

Looks like a misprice to me?


Interesting
wakkaday11 m ago

Isn’t everything digital nowadays what else can you do one this box apart f …Isn’t everything digital nowadays what else can you do one this box apart from disks


Everything may be digital but not everything works as it should on digital, especially with 4K HDR content. Apple seem to do the best job and even thats not perfect. Licencing is a major issue on the digital platforms. A disc player would allow you to just stick the disc in, sit back and enjoy.
Reserved to collect tomorrow! need to do some more research to check features etc but looking like a great piece of kit.
Digital doesn't have the bit rate. Stand alone all day long. Best for picture and sound.
Looks good for £150, not sure it would offer anything my Xbox one can't do but I'm still thinking should I get one.
Decent price and Panasonic don't make rubbish. But the Sony x700 has Dolby Vision which is available now, whereas the Panasonic has HDR+ which isn't available anywhere yet (no matter what Amazon says). HDR+ isn't even available as an official standard yet so it won't be available on 4k discs for sometime yet.

But if you don't care about the Dolby Vision/HDR+ then this is a decent player. Looks like it's a Curries exclusive though.
Very good 4K player ... have some heat
Enet26/08/2018 21:17

Decent price and Panasonic don't make rubbish. But the Sony x700 has Dolby …Decent price and Panasonic don't make rubbish. But the Sony x700 has Dolby Vision which is available now, whereas the Panasonic has HDR+ which isn't available anywhere yet (no matter what Amazon says). HDR+ isn't even available as an official standard yet so it won't be available on 4k discs for sometime yet.But if you don't care about the Dolby Vision/HDR+ then this is a decent player. Looks like it's a Curries exclusive though.


I've a Panasonic 4K TV which doesn't do DV and will at some point get the HDR10+ update (he says...). So for me its a good opportunity to upgrade my older Panasonic player for one with newer features that I will be able to use... Eventually.
UiRChris_26/08/2018 21:24

I've a Panasonic 4K TV which doesn't do DV and will at some point get the …I've a Panasonic 4K TV which doesn't do DV and will at some point get the HDR10+ update (he says...). So for me its a good opportunity to upgrade my older Panasonic player for one with newer features that I will be able to use... Eventually.


Yeah Panasonic are definitely going down the HDR10+ route along with Samsung. But unless something changes, HDR10+ won't be around for quite some time yet, except "maybe" as dev product. Interestingly their top end player does support DV as well.

Panasonic generally make decent kit and their top end OLED TV recently won a TV shootout against the best of the rest. Their top end LED isn't too bad either.
Enet22 m ago

Yeah Panasonic are definitely going down the HDR10+ route along with …Yeah Panasonic are definitely going down the HDR10+ route along with Samsung. But unless something changes, HDR10+ won't be around for quite some time yet, except "maybe" as dev product. Interestingly their top end player does support DV as well. Panasonic generally make decent kit and their top end OLED TV recently won a TV shootout against the best of the rest. Their top end LED isn't too bad either.



Yeh, I have the ex750b. When the HDR10+ update does arrive it will be a nice addition to an already great set.
sucramco26/08/2018 20:55

Digital doesn't have the bit rate. Stand alone all day long. Best for …Digital doesn't have the bit rate. Stand alone all day long. Best for picture and sound.



yeah its true disc has more data available and therfore has better picture and sound

thing is with everything going digital and it being so much cheaper to distribute without manufacturing and physically distributing and selling via stores whats to say that everything that can go digital games, movies, music, software, tv shows isn't just about to go digital only

dont know what the down sides are for this but the savings to be made by the producers of the material is astronomical, surely its only a matter of time before physical media goes extinct ?
Somebody forgot to say this is a Blu-ray & DVD player...
ijwia26/08/2018 23:00

yeah its true disc has more data available and therfore has better picture …yeah its true disc has more data available and therfore has better picture and soundthing is with everything going digital and it being so much cheaper to distribute without manufacturing and physically distributing and selling via stores whats to say that everything that can go digital games, movies, music, software, tv shows isn't just about to go digital onlydont know what the down sides are for this but the savings to be made by the producers of the material is astronomical, surely its only a matter of time before physical media goes extinct ?


Trouble is, they don't pass on a lot of savings to us... music and games is still at a premium digitally. However I do buy a lot of games this way...but I game share and buy from other countries. So at least I get a great deal that way.
This player also has a enhanced firmware update to make it Multi-Region playback for DVD and Blu-ray HERE
Not much use if your 4K TV HDMI does not support it correctly. It is often neccessary to use the apps built into the TV
Just collected. Comes with a free 4k Blu-ray voucher for Zoom as well which is a nice bonus.
Going to collect mine shortly... Looks much better than the amazon Sony one
Edited by: "Dhiraj1" 27th Aug 2018
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sucramco4 h, 8 m ago

Trouble is, they don't pass on a lot of savings to us... music and games …Trouble is, they don't pass on a lot of savings to us... music and games is still at a premium digitally. However I do buy a lot of games this way...but I game share and buy from other countries. So at least I get a great deal that way.


that is a true perversion of the process that digitally in a lot of cases they charge more than a manufactured disc that has to be made first then data imprinted on it then transported accross the world then distributed to shops who then add their cut on top of the process

that they can do all that and still at times be cheaper than digital is beyond comprehension, ofcourse there are costs in digital but nothing compared to the traditional physical product
Dhiraj127/08/2018 11:11

Going to coect mime shortly... Looks much better than the amazon Sony one


What makes you think that? Has this one got better reviews?
Sanzai27/08/2018 11:22

What makes you think that? Has this one got better reviews?


Much better reviews and more future proof
Dhiraj152 m ago

Much better reviews and more future proof


Ah, I have been trying to pick between the two but gone with Sony in the end. I have an LG OLED TV which supports Dolby Vision and most reviews of the Sony seemed to be very positive.

The Panasonic one does support HDR10+ which is the future-proofing you refer to I guess? My TV is only just acquired though, and doesn't display HDR10+ - I don't think I can afford another TV for a long while, so think I will not miss the lack of HDR10+!
Edited by: "Sanzai" 27th Aug 2018
Dhiraj127/08/2018 11:45

Much better reviews and more future proof


There are currently no HDR10+ TV's apparently Panasonic will release firmware updates for some models at some time in the future, there are currently no 4K HDR10+ discs, Samsung the only other HDR10+ supporter have released nothing either TV or player which is HDR10+ capable. Amazon claim some titles are HDR10+ but no one seems to be able to find them and in the USA they use DV anyway.

I think HDR10+ will be another HD-DVD format.

DV is the future and the Sony X700 is excellent value. If you don't need DV then this player is also excellent value but not future proofed. The Panasonic UB-820 at £399 has DV and will have HDR10+ soon, so that is as future proofed as any player can be at the moment, but at price.

I own a Sony X700 and a Panasonic UB300 so have a foot in both camps but neither player supports HDR10+.
Edited by: "OBH6UK" 27th Aug 2018
OBH6UK27/08/2018 12:39

There are currently no HDR10+ TV's apparently Panasonic will release …There are currently no HDR10+ TV's apparently Panasonic will release firmware updates for some models at some time in the future, there are currently no 4K HDR10+ discs, Samsung the only other HDR10+ supporter have released nothing either TV or player which is HDR10+ capable. Amazon claim some titles are HDR10+ but no one seems to be able to find them and in the USA they use DV anyway.I think HDR10+ will be another HD-DVD format.DV is the future and the Sony X700 is excellent value. If you don't need DV then this player is also excellent value but not future proofed. The Panasonic UB-820 at £399 has DV and will have HDR10+ soon, so that is as future proofed as any player can be at the moment, but at price.I own a Sony X700 and a Panasonic UB300 so have a foot in both camps but neither player supports HDR10+.


The sony one is good as well, I didn't say it was bad. The Sony one has a power brick and also doesn't do multi region playback.
Dhiraj127/08/2018 12:46

The sony one is good as well, I didn't say it was bad. The Sony one has a …The sony one is good as well, I didn't say it was bad. The Sony one has a power brick and also doesn't do multi region playback.



What wrong with a power brick? Means you could run it of 12V DC if required.

I have a Limit Blu-ray player if I need MR for DVD or Blu-ray, 4K discs are region free.

My main TV supports DV and will not support HDR10+.
Edited by: "OBH6UK" 27th Aug 2018
I guess it depends if you value the convenience of one player with multiregion or value Dolby Vision. I only have a few films with Dolby Vision but I don't need multiregion. The two players happen to be same price today so I went for the Dolby Vision.

As long as neither make the noise my briefly-owned LG UP970 did though, I would be happy enough either way!
How well will this work with a Sony 55x8509c
OBH6UK1 h, 25 m ago

What wrong with a power brick? Means you could run it of 12V DC if …What wrong with a power brick? Means you could run it of 12V DC if required.I have a Limit Blu-ray player if I need MR for DVD or Blu-ray, 4K discs are region free.My main TV supports DV and will not support HDR10+.


My problem is the space it requires... It looks aesthetically unappealing to me that's all. Multi region is good feature to have, I woild love the DV option with it but just have to make a choice. The Panasonic one is more of a price drop too comparatively.
UkMark12327/08/2018 10:59

This player also has a enhanced firmware update to make it Multi-Region …This player also has a enhanced firmware update to make it Multi-Region playback for DVD and Blu-ray HERE


Hi do you have to sign up and request the firmware or is there a link to it somewhere?
Free 4k blu ray with this as well via zoom... Gonna get thor ragnarok, blade runner 2049 also included as an option
Prosamuraiman27/08/2018 14:45

Hi do you have to sign up and request the firmware or is there a link to …Hi do you have to sign up and request the firmware or is there a link to it somewhere?


You have to make a donation or “Describe precisely how you intend to contribute to our development project. A contribution can either be something we consider useful for our development work or a monetary donation. If you want to contribute by monetary donation, leave this field blank.”

I offered 5 euros and got declined.
unclecuddles1 h, 25 m ago

You have to make a donation or “Describe precisely how you intend to c …You have to make a donation or “Describe precisely how you intend to contribute to our development project. A contribution can either be something we consider useful for our development work or a monetary donation. If you want to contribute by monetary donation, leave this field blank.”I offered 5 euros and got declined.


I offered 20 and was declined, the minimum is 40. Seems a little steep, I think I'll just make do without it.
Someone wants €40 minimum for unofficial firmware? Is that a joke?
Is this an upgrade on the Panny UB700? I have he UB700 and am disappointed with the poor compatibility playing digital files from usb containing Dolby Atmos demos as none of them would play the audio.
Are the Panasonic ub400 and the ub420 the same model , with the later exclusive to Currys?
xanth28/08/2018 13:31

Are the Panasonic ub400 and the ub420 the same model , with the later …Are the Panasonic ub400 and the ub420 the same model , with the later exclusive to Currys?


UB420 is a newer model. Its also called UB424 outside the UK.
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