The best of Blu-ray at CES 2019

CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is the annual global gathering that celebrates the most breakthrough and innovative advancements in consumer technology. The conference is a proving ground for forward thinking tech design and has been for the last 50 years. This year saw the debut of three new Blu-ray players with lots to offer anyone in the market for an Ultra HD upgrade.

Panasonic DP-UB450 

The first of two Blu-ray players debuted by Panasonic at this year’s CES was the high spec DP-UB450, which supports Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs and HDR10+. This compatibility allows the picture’s brightness to be adjusted on a frame-by-frame- basis, gifting the viewer a more detailed image than ever before.

The player also supports Dolby Vision and can operate Dolby Atmos via a third- party sound system or sound bar. This will give an overall immersive cinematic experience, allowing consumers to get the most out of their Blu-ray disc.

Prices and availability are yet to be confirmed.


Panasonic DP-U150

The second Blu-ray player debuted by Panasonic at CES 2019 was the DP-UB150.

Like the DP-UB450, it supports Ultra HD Blu-rays and HDR10+ for crystal clear viewing and Dolby Atmos passthrough, but doesn’t support Dolby Vision.

Price and availability still yet to be confirmed.


Sony X800M2 4K

Sony released X800M2 4K at this year’s CES. A player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs with HDR10, as well as Dolby Vision HDR formats. The unit also supports Hybrid Log Gamma HDR content and DVD- A Disc.

The Blu-ray player will also house streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, which are built into its smart platform – bridging the gap between physical and streamable media.

Sony has announced the player will be available in May 2019.

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