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2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

Here are the current models of UHD players, their features, and their Black Friday prices.

ListBF SaleRetailerModel YrWiFiDolby VisionHDR10+HLG3DHDMISACD/DVD-ABluetooth
LG UBK80$199$169Best Buy2018 X1
LG UBK90$299$199Best Buy2018XX X2
Panasonic DP-UB150$179$99Best Buy2019 XXX1
Panasonic DP-UB420$299$149Best Buy2018X XXX2
Panasonic DP-UB820$499$349Best Buy2018XXXXX2
Panasonic DP-UB9000$999$899Best Buy2018XXXXX2
Sony UBP-X700$249$149Best Buy2018XX X2SACD
Sony UBP-X800M2$299$199Best Buy2019XX X2SACD/DVD-AX
Sony UBP-X1100ES$599$499Best Buy2019XX X2SACD/DVD-AX


Aside from the Playstation and Xbox, there were no new UHD players introduced in 2020. Samsung and Philips exited the market in 2019. We may not ever get any new UHD player models.

From what I've read, HLG is mainly used for broadcast TV, so I'm not sure why it's included on a disc player.

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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

Iíll be getting both PS5 and XBSX, so Iíll be good with 4K players for a while.
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

Appreciate this thread. Just upgraded to a 4K television and had barely started checking out prices on a player.
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

Do the region free sites (220 or bombat) typically do BF sales?
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

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Appreciate this thread. Just upgraded to a 4K television and had barely started checking out prices on a player.
If your tv does Dolby Vision, make sure your player does too. If it's something you think you'll want. I made the mistake of not thinking about that with my first Philips player. Got a Sony a few months later.
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

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Do the region free sites (220 or bombat) typically do BF sales?
I don't believe so.
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

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Iíll be getting both PS5 and XBSX, so Iíll be good with 4K players for a while.
It's worth noting that neither of these (currently) support Dolby Vision from UHD discs. This was confirmed by the Digital Foundry guys, and while there may be DV updates in the future for the consoles, there's been absolutely no confirmation of that from either Sony or MS.
So if DV matters to you (as much as Dolby Atmos sound, for example ) then it's good to know that that feature isn't there.
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I’m well aware, and I have a player that has it. But I use that for the theater room TV. The ones in my bedroom and another room are also TV’s with DV, but that’s for my kids and living room. And I’m more interested in using the new systems for gaming, and AFAIK, none will support DV. Man, but that would be awesome is they had Atmos!
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The breakfast room deserves its own 4K hub.
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Brotha...the breakfast nook envy continues... size and acoustics while having coffee and chorizo and eggs demands that the nook have a wee little 42” Toshiba.
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Brotha...the breakfast nook envy continues... size and acoustics while having coffee and chorizo and eggs demands that the nook have a wee little 42Ē Toshiba.



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The PS5 really fucked my plans up. I was counting on that having Dolby Vision. I already own a decent region free BD player. It’s hard for me to justify the PS5 cost plus the cost of a region free UHD capable player.
I guess I could look into the quality of HDMI splitters/switches.
The price on that x700 is tempting. I’m borrowing that player now. I will say it is loud and manually changing DV on/off gets annoying, but it’s a decent player.
I read today that the LG’s have a DV compatibility issue with Sony Tv’s. I should look further into that and if Panasonic has the same issue.
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

I feel so out of touch with 4k. When DVD came out, I knew all the specs and standards forwards and backwards. Bluray, not quite as much but I still mostly grokked it.

But 4K is so confusing. What is the difference between UltraHD and 4K? HDR? DolbyVision? I see we still argue about Dolby vs DTS, so I get that part, lol.

What's with the other stuff though?
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Re: 2020 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Holiday Buying Guide

Have you checked YouTube? There's plenty of videos on each question.

But, to me, in a nutshell:
1. No real difference.
2. High Dynamic Range - I like to think of it as punchier color
3. DolbyVision - HDR on steroids
4. Other stuff - ???
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The PS5 really fucked my plans up. I was counting on that having Dolby Vision. I already own a decent region free BD player. It’s hard for me to justify the PS5 cost plus the cost of a region free UHD capable player.
I guess I could look into the quality of HDMI splitters/switches.
The price on that x700 is tempting. I’m borrowing that player now. I will say it is loud and manually changing DV on/off gets annoying, but it’s a decent player.
I read today that the LG’s have a DV compatibility issue with Sony Tv’s. I should look further into that and if Panasonic has the same issue.
FYI, here's the breakdown on Dolby Atmos for the next XBox and PS5. In short, none will currently provide DV via disc, but streaming apps do.

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FYI, the Panasonic DP-UB820, probably the best high-end player available, unexpectedly went on sale this week. It can be had for $350, its lowest price ever, at Best Buy, B&H, and Crutchfield.

Additionally, all the other Black Friday pricing on 4K players is live now at bestbuy.com. Prices are good through Saturday.
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FYI, the Panasonic DP-UB820, probably the best high-end player available, unexpectedly went on sale this week. It can be had for $350, its lowest price ever, at Best Buy, B&H, and Crutchfield.

Additionally, all the other Black Friday pricing on 4K players is live now at bestbuy.com. Prices are good through Saturday.
this is really tempting. Now to decide between this and a region modded Sony 700.
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this is really tempting. Now to decide between this and a region modded Sony 700.
Thereís a trick you can do on Panasonic players that allows you to bypass region coding on some (not all) discs:

https://www.hidefninja.com/community...s.16109/page-2

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