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Panasonic’s Reference-class UB9000: Superior Picture Quality Meets Thrilling Sound

Summary
  • UB9000 offers unparalleled picture quality, supporting HDR10+* and Dolby VisionTM* dynamic metadata technology

  • UB9000 boasts unparalleled sound due to several technologies including a dedicated audio power supply and a newly-developed vibration-reducing chassis

  • Hands-free easy operation thanks to voice control from Google Assistant** and Amazon Alexa**

August 29th 2018 - Panasonic presents at IFA 2018 its reference-class DP-UB9000 UHD Blu-ray Player, which includes both HDR10+* and Dolby VisionTM * technology and reproduces Ultra HD Blu-ray, Video On Demand (VOD), and USB content. The new UHD Blu-ray Player will be available in stores within the month of September.

Powered by a Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) Processor, the UB9000 was expertly developed and refined by specialists in the heart of Hollywood. Regardless of the type of content, the result is a thrilling home entertainment experience, just as the filmmaker intended.

In addition to the high picture quality of its HCX Processor, the reference-class UB9000 offers extremely high sound quality thanks to its analogue audio circuits, including a dedicated audio power supply, a high-performance D/A converter, and XLR balanced output. Housed in a newly-developed vibration-reducing chassis with high rigidity and lower position for the centre of gravity, the UB9000 produces excellent sound quality. This exciting new model raises the bar for AV enthusiasts with the highest-ever picture and sound quality in the history of Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Players.

Panasonic's UB9000 supports voice control from both Google Assistant** and Amazon Alexa**. Simply speak to an existing Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa enabled device, and you can conveniently fast forward or pause your favourite movie without having to use the remote control.

Taking HDR to the max

The UB9000 supports HDR10+* dynamic metadata technology which will offer considerable benefits to viewers through optimising the viewing experience on a scene-by-scene basis. HDR10+ is an open, royalty-free dynamic metadata platform created by 20th Century Fox, Panasonic and Samsung. It also supports Dolby VisionTM*. Dolby Vision transforms entertainment experiences by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colours. From content creation to distribution and playback, Dolby Vision delivers a consistent and spectacular experience across a range of content and devices.

High-Quality Pictures: Proprietary technologies faithfully reproduce original images

The 4K engine powering the line-up is Panasonic’s proprietary HCX Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray. This has been improved by applying unique chroma and gradation processing to the video technologies which were developed at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL), the R&D facility for enhancing Blu-ray picture quality. Launched last year, the HCX Processor reproduces Ultra HD Blu-ray and internet-streamed 4K video images with stunningly precise colours and optimal brightness.

Precise Chroma Processing

The colour information in 4K source component signals compressed by formats such as Ultra HD Blu-ray is thinned to 4:2:0, or about 1/4 the original amount. To match the 4:4:4 requirement of a television display, chroma up-sampling is performed by the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. In basic up-sampling – known as a ‘2-tap process’ – the system samples adjacent, upper and lower colour pixels, and uses them to create intermediate pixels. Panasonic uses a ‘multi-tap process’ to compare the number of pixels in addition to those in the upper/lower/left/right positions, in order to create optimal pixels. By increasing the accuracy of the multi-tap process to interpolate the decoded 4K (4:2:0) signals of Ultra HD Blu-ray content to 4K (4:4:4), Panasonic delivers beautiful, natural pictures with life-like depth and vivid colours.

The UB9000 series have an original 4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling feature that up-converts Full HD to 4K resolution for displaying beautiful colours.

[A 4K/60p/4:4:4-compatible TV must be connected with an 18-Gbps-compatible high-speed cable. When reproducing Ultra HD Blu-ray content, 4:4:4/36-bit data is output for 4K/24p, and 4:2:2/36-bit data is output for 4K/60p.]

Optimum HDR Processing

With more and more HDR content available on disc and via streaming services, the optimal reproduction of HDR content has become essential. In addition to having a wide range of contrast, images from Ultra HD Blu-ray players must be reproduced with fine detail in both dark and bright areas. To achieve this, the new players use Panasonic’s three unique HDR processing technologies.

  1. HDR Optimiser

HDR-compatible TVs use tone-mapping to match the brightness range of images according to the static metadata within the content, but optimal results are sometimes not possible due to the limitations of the specific TV model. By conducting the tone-mapping on the player, stable HDR picture quality is delivered regardless of the TV. Panasonic's original image processing technologies achieve HDR images with higher definition while tone-mapping is used to adjust the brightness level of the content. Even HDR images from ordinary HDR10 and TV footage provide optimal playback.

  1. HDR Adjustment for various viewing conditions

All 2018 models have an HDR adjustment feature which reproduces dark and bright areas with high fidelity regardless of the viewing environment. Dark scenes in HDR images are sometimes difficult to see when viewed in a bright room and may require brightness adjustment. Because HDR signals are inherently different from SDR signals, existing adjustment functions are insufficient. The UB9000 series use an original technology to optimise HDR video signals, which enables them to freely adjust the brightness of the HDR images. An HDR Setting button on the remote control allows the user to simply select the optimal setting for the viewing environment.

  1. HDR to SDR conversion (Optimised Tone Remapping for SDR-TV)

Dynamic Range Conversion reproduces images with greater brightness and beauty than ordinary Blu-ray Disc images when played on a non-HDR TV with standard dynamic range (SDR-TV). This feature maximises the image expression that is inherent to Ultra HD Blu-ray.

UB9000 Reference Quality Sound: Unique audio technologies achieve rich sound reproduction

Dedicated Audio Power Supply

  1. AC/DC Conversion Circuit

The use of a positive/negative, isolated power conversion circuit for audio provides a high dynamic range, and reduces the voltage fluctuations and noise caused by digital circuits. In addition to this, high-quality audio grade electrolytic capacitors and a newly developed OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) switching transformer decreases the impedance of power.

  1. 10-Line Isolated DC Regulator Circuit

The digital and analogue power supplies for the D/A converter are isolated. The analogue channel is further separated into 2 channels and 7.1 channels, and for the 2-channel output, the reference voltage of the left and right channels is isolated, making a 10-line regulator circuit and reducing mutual effects to improve distortion. Moreover, high-quality audio grade electrolytic capacitors are used in the analogue channel to minimise noise.

Analogue Audio Circuit

  1. High-Performance D/A Converter

    A high-performance D/A converter with input compatibility, high S/N, and high dynamic range is provided for each of the 2 channel and 7.1 channel circuits.

  2. Special Circuit Board for Analogue Output

    The analogue circuits for 2 channel and 7.1 channel output are mounted onto special glass-epoxy circuit boards. Together with the use of quality components, such as low-noise operational amplifiers and audio grade electrolytic capacitors, a totally balanced signal transmission is achieved by using differential circuits all the way from the D/A converter output to the XLR output terminal

  3. 2 Channel (RCA/ XLR) and 7.1 Channel Output Terminals

    The 2 channel and 7.1 channel output terminals are also separated. Moreover, the 2 channel output is equipped with a balanced XLR output terminal in addition to the RCA terminal.

Chassis with High Rigidity and Lower Position for the Centre of Gravity

  • Newly-Developed Drive Base and Centre Mechanism

A newly-developed drive base with a 3-dimensional, thick steel plate fixes the optical disc drive to the centre of the 2-layer chassis to reduce vibration and noise during disc rotation.

  • 2-Layer Chassis

    The use of a 2-layer structure with a heavy steel plate for the chassis achieves a low centre of gravity and low vibration.

  • Aluminium Front and Side Panels

Thick aluminium is used on the front and side panels. This raises the rigidity of the chassis, and reduces vibration.

7.1-Channel Analogue Audio Output

The UB9000 supports analogue 7.1 channel audio for direct connection to a home theatre system for life-like surround sound. In addition, the UB9000 terminal is gold-plated to resist oxidisation and maintain high signal conductivity.

Twin HDMI Pure AV (Audio/Video Isolated Twin HDMI)

High-Res Audio Playback

The new Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray players are designed for high-resolution audio reproduction. In addition to conventional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD (11.2MHz***/5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) ALAC and AIFF music files can also be reproduced. Simply connect to a home audio system to enjoy music sources equivalent to studio master sound quality.

Digital Tube Sound with Up-Sampling

Smart Networking: Fully fledged network functionality to easily enjoy a variety of 4K sources

Viewing Experience Controlled via Voice

Panasonic's UB9000 supports voice control from Google Assistant** and Amazon Alexa**. By simply speaking to them, a variety of operations, such as fast forward and pause, can be carried out by voice without having to use the remote control.

Compatible with 4K VOD

The new Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray players support 4K VOD (Video on Demand) services, offering a paramount video viewing experience for those who demand uncompromised quality in picture and sound when watching streamed content.

4K Camcorder Video and JPEG Playback

Design: The stylish design provides a high-quality presence

All of this advanced technology is packed inside a stylish body. The aluminium on the front and side panels of the UB9000 enhances sound quality while adding a touch of luxury to the design that ideally suits a reference model.

*Enabled by software update (coming soon)

** Available in German and English languages 

To learn more about the HDR10+ license program, please contact the HDR10+ license administration office at info@hdr10plus.org.

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About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global.