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On 18/06/2021 at 11:37 AM, stevoz said:

Been on a bit of a movie watching spree over the last week. I have my new tele (Blaupunkt QLED 65" 4K), the new Panasonic 4K bluray player (DP-UB820) has arrived and I have finally got the leads all set.....so have been auditioning some blockbusters.

 

Started with the 4K bluray of "Avengers: Infinity War".....at this point I was still using an old HDMI lead because it was long enough to reach the TV as the new high speed lead was not long enough, so I got normal bluray standard picture, which was still bloody amazing as the player upscales. The film itself was very enjoyable with the usual cracking audio track.

 

Avengers: Infinity War | JB Hi-Fi

 

I then got the longer high speed HDMI lead and re-watched parts of the above to check picture quality and it was stunning in true 4K.....but I must say, this new player upscales normal bluray so well, it is pretty hard to tell the difference between it and true 4K.....both are amazing.

 

Next was "Anna", another 'gorgeous spy chick' action film in the vain of 'Red Sparrow' and 'Atomic Blonde' and directed by Luc Besson. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and it's clever plot and 'looping' timelines.....it's a beauty and the action (and audio track) is great. She kicks arse!

 

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I then continued with 'The Hobbit' series with the final instalment "The Battle of the Five Armies" bluray and like 'The Desolation Of Smaug", it was visually stunning, great audio track and brilliant action if a little drawn out. Overall, an enjoyable trilogy. I think I'll watch The Lord Of The Rings trilogy again now.

 

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Last night it was the final Avengers movie "Endgame" on bluray.....three hours of far fetched mayhem that I really enjoyed and that looked and sounded brilliant as is to be expected.

 

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Very happy with the new set up although while the audio is great, does it compete with my former Cambridge Audio player for sonic brilliance? Not quite.....with dialogue slightly less defined and the overall presentation not quite as 'lush' in it's beefiness as the CA Azur player, however it is still thunderously satisfying overall......via the CA Azur AV receiver. :thumb:

 

 

Thanks for that review, I've been looking to replace my AZUR BD player for a 4K player, and stopped short a year or even two ago... Does the Panasonic have coax output? I'd like to feed it into the DAC.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

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2 hours ago, betocool said:

Thanks for that review, I've been looking to replace my AZUR BD player for a 4K player, and stopped short a year or even two ago... Does the Panasonic have coax output? I'd like to feed it into the DAC.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

 

No it doesn't have a coaxial output (HDMI out x2 = 1 x video/audio and 1 x audio only, optical out and 7.1 RCA analogue out).....and beware, it doesn't play SACD's (as the CA Azur will) if that is important to you.

 

According to the manual, it is also not region-free, only playing B region blurays and DVD 4 discs....which annoyed me a little as I have a few 'other region' blurays because the CA player played EVERYTHING!

 

Post edit: I have since learned that is actually region free. The manual is badly worded with an 'example' showing local region codes that confused me into thinking they were the only regions playable. This is good news.

 

It is a bargain high quality performer.

 

Here's one for $445 which is ridiculous.....way cheaper than what I got mine for ($549). The RRP at most sellers is $719.

 

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17 hours ago, stevoz said:

 

No it doesn't have a coaxial output (HDMI out x2 = 1 x video/audio and 1 x audio only, optical out and 7.1 RCA analogue out).....and beware, it doesn't play SACD's (as the CA Azur will) if that is important to you.

 

According to the manual, it is also not region-free, only playing B region blurays and DVD 4 discs....which annoyed me a little as I have a few 'other region' blurays because the CA player played EVERYTHING!

 

Post edit: I have since learned that is actually region free. The manual is badly worded with an 'example' showing local region codes that confused me into thinking they were the only regions playable. This is good news.

 

It is a bargain high quality performer.

 

Here's one for $445 which is ridiculous.....way cheaper than what I got mine for ($549). The RRP at most sellers is $719.

 

DP-UB820GNK Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (appliancecentral.com.au)

 

Thanks for that... no COAX is a bit of a deal breaker for me, as I listen to my CD's through the DAC.

 

Having said that, if the stereo out is good enough, the DAC would still do optical and COAX. I only ever listen to stereo anyway. Are you using the stereo out or the 7.1? Optical I already have busy for the telly streamers and USB for the audio streamer.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

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2 hours ago, betocool said:

 

Thanks for that... no COAX is a bit of a deal breaker for me, as I listen to my CD's through the DAC.

 

Having said that, if the stereo out is good enough, the DAC would still do optical and COAX. I only ever listen to stereo anyway. Are you using the stereo out or the 7.1? Optical I already have busy for the telly streamers and USB for the audio streamer.

 

Cheers,

 

Alberto

 

I'm using the 7.1 RCA outs (5.1 in my case) and the same for stereo CD listening. As a CD player it's very good. Different sound signature to the CA 650BD of course but not shy that's for sure. I'm enjoying it and it even had me searching for a few certain CD's to hear how they sounded. Detail retrieval is impressive indeed.

 

I did forget to mention that it also has a LAN ethernet connection for wireless streaming if that makes a difference.:thumb:

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Cheers,

 

Alberto

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