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Panasonic is releasing a $699 4K Blu-ray player

Panasonic is preparing to release a high-end 4K Blu-ray player targeted at audiophiles, and as you’d expect, it won’t be cheap. The DMP-UB900 comes with the usual slate of 4K Blu-ray features; 60fps playback, HDR support, and the ability to stream 4K content from Netflix and YouTube.

But it also features some premium audio specifications including High-res audio playback (WAV, FLAC, DSD, ALAC), digital tube sound with up-sampling, isolated twin HDMI ports for audio and video signals, and 7.1-channel analogue audio output. All that sounds great but unless you have a serious home audio setup — and I don’t mean the soundbar you bought for $99 on Black Friday — you probably don’t need to drop $699 on Panasonic’s 4K Blu-ray player when it’s released in September.

If you are in the market for a next-gen Blu-ray device, Samsung is selling one for nearly half the price, and the new Xbox One S will support 4K Blu-ray playback and be available for as cheap as $300 later this year.

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