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“Like its Panasonic siblings, the DMPUB400EBK delivers class-leading HDR-to-SDR conversion for users who don’t own a HDR television, or projector owners who do not wish to trigger HDR mode for fear of elevating black floor without noticeable peak luminance benefits. Colour conversion looked properly saturated, blacks were not clipped and there’s no visible posterisation, none of which could be said of OPPO 203′s attempt.”
“For the less important but still noteworthy chroma upscaling, the OPPO 203 also does a good job. All Blu-ray players must upscale chroma on all displays, because the 4:2:0 chroma subsampling method used by DVD, BD and UHD BD stores the colored layers of the picture at half the resolution of the luminance. Panasonic frequently touts the superior quality of its own proprietary chroma upsampling method, and it’s true that this can result in higher color detail, again most notably on large projection-sized setups. For example, the red and blue diagonal lines on the Spears & Munsil test disc’s Color Space checker appeared less jagged on Panasonic’s UB900 when compared to the OPPO UDP-203″
But that aside, the BDT180EB is a very competitive product, offering a quality picture at a low price point that will be at home on both HD and 4K screens.
Whether it’s DVD, Blu-ray or video streaming, this player can handle them all.”
“We’re also big fans of Sony’s [Smooth Gradation] feature which was missing from last year’s XD93 series but reinstated on the ZD9/ Z9D and now the XE93. Even with [Smooth Gradation] disabled, the KD55XE9305 was already rendering gradients in 4K UHD Blu-rays in a smoother fashion than HDR TVs from other brands, but it’s a useful option to smooth out posterisation in videos with lower bit-depth and heavier compression.”
“I certainly won’t return to it for the story or the acting. The movie just didn’t work for me, except in spurts. Vin Diesel, as the unit’s lead NCO, is hampered along with the rest of the cast by often stilted dialogue. Perhaps it sounded artificial to me because the film’s all too photorealistic look (in comparison to what we normally see from movies) also sets a higher bar for the dialogue than the screenplay delivered.
“You don’t have to be a connoisseur of 4K discs to enjoy the Oppo, either. It’s just as enjoyable and discerning when playing normal Blu-rays and DVDs, and its music credentials are worth making a song and dance about, too.”