Panasonic DP-UB9000 Review

9.4
Expert Rating

The Panasonic DP-UB9000 is regarded by most as a high end Ultra HD Blu Ray player, and this stature is well reflected by both its price, and its wide range of features and capabilities. The Blu Ray player is well constructed, and if given the chance, it can easily serve as the centerpiece of your home theater system. With support for both 4K playback & HDR content, the Panasonic DP UB9000 is sure to deliver the sharpest images, and that together with its high end sound quality makes for a very enjoyable viewing experience. Sit tight as we delve into what makes this Blu Ray player tick, and also try to find out if it could be the best 4K Blu Ray player in the market for a consumer that wants nothing short of a premium quality product.

Why We Like It – Panasonic DP-UB9000

As one of the most specced out 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray players around, the Panasonic DP-UB9000 delivers high clarity audio performance courtesy of its ability to process a wide range of audio files. Combined with top of the range support for content in Dolby Vision HDR10 or HDR format, this UHD player has just enough firepower to wow most people.

Pros
  • Can decode HDR, HDR10 & Dolby Vision content
  • Wide range of Audio formats supported
  • Streaming services integrated into the User Interface
Cons
  • No support for DVD Audio discs

Performance

The Panasonic DP UB9000 is powered by a second generation Hollywood Cinema Experience picture processing engine, which comes with a HDR optimizer that improves tone mapping to deliver best in class picture quality. This however may be bypassed by the player if the content that you’re watching happens to be encoded in a Dolby Vision format. On top of that, the HD Blu Ray player can also upscale your content to a high quality 4K resolution, and thanks to top of the line audio support, owners will also be able to enjoy Advanced Surround Sound capabilities. The player easily handles 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray disc playback, and is compatible with both HDR & HDR10 content – something we can also say about the Sony Ultra HD 4K Blu Ray player.

Design

As you’d expect from a flagship product, the build quality of this 4K UHD Blu Ray player is beyond reproach. It’s brushed-metal finish adds a lot to its premium feel, making it slightly more attractive than the LG UBK80 Ultra HD Blu-ray Compatibility player. Nonetheless, we do appreciate the 2 HDMI inputs that this 4K HD Blu Ray disc player comes with, the 7.1 multi channel analogue output that allows it to connect to an AC receiver, and the two channel outputs that rely on both RCA phono and balanced XLR connectors. As you can see, its audio outputs are pretty versatile, and this allows you to enjoy a wide range of Hi Fi audio playback options such as DTS HD.

Value

Like most modern Blu-ray players, the Panasonic DP UB90000 Ultra HD player comes with built-in support for streaming services such as Netflix Amazon and even YouTube. This makes it a fantastic choice for people that prefer on-demand content, and thanks to the on board HDR optimizer, content from these services will get even sharper than you’re used to. In terms of digital output, the 4K HD Blu ray player supports high resolution formats such as DSD files, but you’ll have to forego DVD audio playback as well as SACDs since the two aren’t supported. All in all, this Panasonic DP UB9000 Ultra HD player will still play a wide variety of Blu ray discs that you would want to watch, but if it’s price is a bit to steep for your liking, you’re welcome to have a look at the Panasonic DP UB820 – a close cousin that still offers premium features at a more palatable price.

Panasonic DP-UB9000 Wrap Up

Now that you’ve come to the end of this UHD Blu ray player review, it should be pretty clear that there’s not much that you can throw at the UB9000 that it won’t be able to handle. Aside from DVD digital audio discs, most Blu rays shouldn’t be a problem.

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Design9.2
Value9.5
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Kenn Muguna

Kenn is a writer that's fascinated by all things tech. Having been born curious about how everything works, he spends his time taking things apart to put them back together, and shares what he finds out through writing.

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