Within the age of streaming, DVD and Blu-ray gross sales have dipped dramatically, with unit shipments for the worldwide Blu-ray gamers market anticipated to lower from 72.1 million in 2017 to 68.zero million in 2023, according to market researchers.
With solely three new Blu-ray gamers launched at CES 2019, the choice for streaming over bodily media is changing into ever extra obvious – however that doesn’t imply firms like Panasonic and Sony aren’t nonetheless innovating within the Blu-ray participant market.
There are literally fairly a couple of advantages to watching movies on Blu-ray versus streaming; whether or not it is the uncompressed video and audio high quality and the extra particular options of a Blu-ray disc you are after, or want to upscale normal definition or 1080p content material to Full HD or 4K respectively, an amazing Blu-ray participant can ship a very cinematic expertise.
So, with out additional ado, right here’s our roundup of the most recent Blu-ray gamers to return out of CES 2019.
Panasonic unveiled two high-spec Blu-ray gamers on the client tech present, demonstrating that there’s nonetheless a spot for bodily media within the streaming age.
The primary is the DP-UB450, which helps HDR10+, permitting the brightness of the image to be adjusted on a frame-by-frame foundation. Panasonic claims this may present a extra detailed picture than ever earlier than.
The DP-UB450 additionally helps Dolby Vision, and might function Dolby Atmos through a third-party sound system or soundbar, making for a completely immersive cinematic expertise – if in case you have the suitable equipment, that’s.
The brand new Blu-ray participant additionally helps 4K camcorder movies (MP4 format) in addition to JPEGs, which may be outputted in 4K.
Proper now, costs and availability are nonetheless to be confirmed, however we’ll replace this text as quickly as we get the small print.
The second Blu-ray participant to be debuted by Panasonic at CES 2019 was the DP-UB150.
Just like the DP-UB450, it helps HDR10+ for crystal clear viewing and Dolby Atmos passthrough, however doesn’t help Dolby Imaginative and prescient.
Once more, costs are to be confirmed, however phrase is that the DP-UB150 would be the extra inexpensive of the 2 new blu-ray gamers.
Sony X800M2 4K
The opposite giant firm to launch a brand new Blu-ray participant at CES 2019 was Sony, with the X800M2 4K. Because the title suggests, it helps 4K Extremely HD Blu-ray discs with HDR10, in addition to Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR codecs.
It additionally helps Hybrid Log Gamma HDR content material and DVD-A discs. Not like the choices from Panasonic, the X800M2 4K doesn’t help HDR10+, but it surely is ready to upscale the image of non-4K content material similar to normal Blu-rays to close 4K high quality.
In addition to that, the Blu-ray participant additionally has streaming providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime constructed into its sensible platform, bridging the hole between bodily and streamable media.
Sony says the X800M2 4K will probably be accessible in Might 2019, and in accordance with What Hi-fi?, it’s priced at £350 – this works out at round $450 / AU$620 primarily based on present conversion charges, however keep in mind official pricing for these territories are nonetheless to be confirmed.
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