Panasonic New Zealand has today unveiled New Zealand's first 4K
Ultra-High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray Player, the DMP-UB900, an
exciting new product that brings breath-taking picture quality, far
better than the cinema into the home.
Heralded by critics globally as the leading Ultra-High
Definition Blu-ray Player in the market, Panasonic's new flagship
UB900 UHD Blu-ray Player supports next-generation UHD 4K Blu-ray
video disc standard.
Delivering both high-quality 4K images and High Dynamic Range
(HDR), the DMP-UB900 provides precise detail and stunning colour
depth, transforming movie and TV show viewing experiences into a
Grant Shaw, Audio Visual Group Product Manager at Panasonic New
Zealand says demand for 4K entertainment options are on the rise
and the UB900 offers an exciting new viewing experience for those
who are after the finest picture and sound quality.
"When pairing the UB900 with Panasonic's new 4K Pro Smart
Ultra-High Definition TVs, Kiwis will enjoy movies at home with a
quality more superior than they would see in a cinema.
"Ultra HD Blu-ray is a big step up compared to traditional
Blu-ray - it brings a level of picture performance that is to
Hollywood standard and hasn't been seen in the home before. We are
viewing more and more content at home and now we can watch our
favourite movies, documentaries and TV shows with crisp and vibrant
colour, along with phenomenal detail," says Grant.
Panasonic's Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) Blu-ray Research and
Development facility refined new imaging technologies including
chroma processing to create the Ultra HD Premium certified
DMP-UB900. These innovative technologies deliver cinematic-quality
images, which is exactly how Hollywood filmmakers intended them to
In addition, the UB900 offers dramatically improved audio and
truly life-like surround sound so viewers can get immersed in the
world they are watching and intensify their viewing experience. It
features carefully selected high-quality audio parts for a rich
sound expression, and the UB900 also supports high-resolution audio
formats such as DSD and ALAC.
"The UB900 features high-quality audio components which are
equivalent to those found in Panasonic's hi-fi audio range. Viewers
will feel as if they are part of the action when watching
thrillers, blockbuster action movies, all the way through to
documentaries," says Grant.
Ultra HD Blu-ray: next-generation video disc standard
Ultra-High Definition Blu-ray is the next-generation Blu-ray
Disc™ standard that not only delivers 4K-resolution pictures, but
also goes beyond the capabilities of 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160
pixels) by supporting HDR.
It achieves true-to-life 4K image reproduction with high frame
rates of up to 60p for smooth motion and a brightness range of up
to 1,000 to 10,000 nits.
Bringing a cinematic-experience to your home
The UB900 has recently achieved ULTRA HD PREMIUM certification
by the UHD Alliance's programme for outstanding brightness,
resolution, contrast and HDR performance. In addition, its ability
to render finely nuanced colours and rich, detailed images has
earned the UB900 certification from THX® Ltd. a renowned
independent quality assurance group.
High-quality audio parts for unparalleled sound
For the UB900, Panasonic has drawn on their extensive and
innovative history in hi-fi audio product development to ensure
It comes with numerous digital and analogue terminals to suit a
wide-range of home entertainment set-ups. The new twin HDMI ports separate audio and video
signals to suppress unwanted noise and achieve high-quality audio
reproduction. It also supports analogue 7.1-channel audio for a
direct connection to a home theatre system for an even more
powerful surround sound experience.
Additionally, the UB900 has been designed for high-resolution
audio reproduction. In addition to the conventional
WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD and ALAC music files can be
reproduced by connecting a home audio system. This allows Kiwis to
enjoy music sources equivalent to studio master sound quality.
Kiwis can enjoy a variety of 4K entertainment with smart
With the 4K Video / JPEG Playback function, Kiwis can enjoy 4K
videos (MP4) which they've taken with a camera or camcorder, and
they can also view JPEGs in 4K resolution. This feature makes it
easy to view precious photos of family and friends, along with
enjoying memories from holidays in detail.
The UB900 features DLNA connectivity, making it easy to share
content, such as photos, video and music - with other connected
devices throughout the home. Every member of the family can enjoy
their favourite content, anytime and anywhere in the home.
Kiwi entertainment fans can enjoy 4K video streaming services,
including NETFLIX and YouTube, through the UB900's range of apps.
The UB900's remote control also features a dedicated NETFLIX button
which seamlessly and easily launches the NETFLIX app.
Simple and elegant design gives the UB900 a stylish
With an elegant and stylish design, the UB900 perfectly matches
any flat-panel TV. Its mirrored front panel features a 3D bevel cut
finish design on all four sides of the unit, which presents a
subtle and sleek, yet distinctive presence.
The UB900's unique remote control has backlighting for easy
operation, even in a darkly-lit room, making it perfect for home
theatre systems. In addition, the remote features a dimmer button
which automatically adjusts the brightness of the player's display
to match the room's ambient lighting.