Archive for category Blue Ray Players
The Panasonic UB9000 will retail at £999 with release scheduled for Autumn 2018. Its price point and audiophile components suggest that the player is aimed squarely at the OPPO 205. From what we know at this time of writing, the Panasonic should have the upper hand in VOD (video-on-demand) apps such as Netflix 4K, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube 4K, HDR10+ support, as well as slightly better chroma upsampling; whereas the OPPO may win on SACD and DVD-A support, plus the company’s legendary customer service.
Today’s announcement that OPPO Digital is to cease the manufacture and design of new products will come as a shock to video and audiophile users. A sub-brand of China’s BBK Electronics, the company carved out a well-deserved position in the early days of upscaling DVD due to its exceptional customer service and attention to requests from video enthusiasts. It launched DVD players in the United States market in 2004, when flat-panel displays were finally beginning to gain a foothold in the television display market. Today’s announcement marks the end of a relatively short life for this respected brand.”
Aside from the basic controls on the front panel of the player itself, all the main setup and control is done via the provided remote. This controller is essentially the same as the ones included with Cambridge Audio’s regular Blu-ray players, aside from the addition of an HDR button, and it’s quite nicely designed with a soft rubber back and a black brushed metal effect on the front, which matches the player itself. The remote is comfortable to hold, easy to use with one hand and, importantly, it includes a backlight that illuminates the buttons very effectively. The overall layout of the buttons is reasonably simple, with the navigation and playback buttons in a central circle and various other buttons located above and below these central controls. However, as with previous Cambridge Audio remotes, we do find the majority of the buttons to be a bit small and since they’re all the same size and shape it can be hard to tell one from another. We also found the layout of the navigation and playback buttons to be less than intuitive sometimes, so overall it took a while to get used to the remote, but every control you need is there somewhere.”