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If you feared that the era of high-end universal UHD disc players was all but over, following the exit of fan-boy favourite Oppo, then breathe easy. This Pioneer is every bit a comparable performer. Image quality is excellent and
its music playback outstanding. Compatibility with SACD and DVD-A, alongside hi-res audio, make this a fine choice for a top-flight sound and vision system. Those after an upgrade from a premium Blu-ray player to 4K (with wide HDR support) should consider it a leading contender.”
“If you thought that we were done there, think again. The UDP-LX500 isn’t just all about being a proficient 4K Blu-ray spinner, it’s also non-too shabby at playing music too.
The LX500 will happily play your Super Audio CDs, DVD- and Blu-Ray Audio discs, as well as regular CDs. Great news if you are like me and are always willing to give a variety of formats a go.
The player employs an Asahi Kasei AKM AK4490EQ DAC for stereo duties and it does a great job. Additionally, the power supply, digital processing, and analogue audio have all been segregated to minimise interference. Just as you would expect from any of your audiophile components.”
Direct function can be used to shut down digital audio and video circuits, to better serve high-resolution sound sources and CDs. When using the stereo analogue stage, you can also select one of three DSP filters (Sharp, Short and Slow) to fine-tune the output to your liking. Differences here are best described as subtle.
The player does a transformative job with high-grade CD pressings. There’s no metallic edge, no sibilance, not even the vaguest sense of discord. Even the worst excesses of mass-produced platters are largely tamed.
Ditto for SACD playback. Spinning saxophonist Tommy Smith’s modern jazz outing Blue Smith (Linn Records) is probably the next best thing to being in the recording studio for a live session. The soundstage has tangible girth, and resolution in reserve.”
“Don’t shed any more tears over the demise of Oppo. The Panasonic DP-UB820 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player steps up to the plate and hits a home run on its first at-bat. With fantastic 4K processing, terrific upscaling, seamless Netflix streaming, razor-sharp 3D playback, and a couple of handy tools to optimize and customize HDR to your personal viewing environment, this high-quality 4K UHD Blu-ray player instantly rises to the top of its field. Once it gets its Dolby Vision firmware update this fall, the UB820 will be the standard bearer for all future 4K UHD machines. And at a list price of $499, it’s cheaper now than the Oppo UDP-203 ever was. Is it perfect? No home video component ever is. But it’s close enough to make me glad I waited for it. Forget spending upwards of a grand for an Oppo 203 on eBay. Get the Panasonic UB-820 instead. You won’t be disappointed. On the contrary, I bet you’ll be thrilled. Highly Recommended.”
Physical integrity is also accorded some serious thoughts as the entire structure are reinforced with 3mm high rigidity steel plates to cut down on structural vibration.In addition to HDR, the UDP-LX500 is also designed to be HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible with the proper UHD Blu-ray movies.No price was available at the time of display at the KL International AV Show 2018 and it is expected to hit the stores sometime in late September/early October”