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The small form, commercial-grade BrightSign LS424 is fully featured to run circles around the competition while offering easy port access and power efficiency. Network connected and featuring H.265 1080p60 video playback, entry-level HTML5 support and USB interactivity, this model is perfect for simple streaming applications and large deployments of common content.
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Display full-screen, single-zone HD multimedia and interactive content in your retail signage. The unit uses active cooling via an internal fan. The small form factor makes it easy to mount in where space is limited. The player connects over your network to the iCompel Content Commander, so you can send updated digital signage content from any web browser directly to the player.
High-Quality Content that You Control Integrate commands from motion sensors, touch devices, IR remote controls, and building automation into your iCompel system to enable personalized messaging based on customer actions. Adapt your existing website content for your digital signage using crop and zoom tools. With HD capture and IP streaming options, send live TV and HD video through your player to your screens. Occasional users, like store managers, can easily make instant updates to update screen content to advertise specials and site-specific messages - with minimal training.
Scalable, Space-Saving Solution To scale from a standalone installation to a multichannel network with many screens, just add more iCompel units to your IT network configuration. The player is ideal for cost-sensitive and space-restricted applications.
The first 4K TVs went on sale back in 2012, but it wasn't until 2016 that the first 4K Blu-ray players from Samsung and Panasonic went on sale - alongside, thankfully, an increasing number of 4K Blu-ray discs. Today there are a number of 4K players on the market, you can pick up a 4K Blu-ray film in your local supermarket or online and, as streaming services step up to compete with 4K content, both are getting more affordable by the day.
The Panasonic DP-UB9000 is the high-end Blu-ray player of choice these days (we're also big fans of the Pioneer UDP-LX500 and Oppo UDP-203, but both have now been discontinued), and it's a serious bit of kit that's worthy of its 900 ($1000, AU$1799) asking price, delivering a picture and sound performance that's well beyond that of its more affordable rivals.
Other budget models from Panasonic and LG do exist, though new models are now released fairly infrequently. Moreover, Samsung dropped a bombshell in February 2019 by confirming it would end Blu-ray player production entirely.
Yes, Ultra HD Blu-ray players are fully backwards-compatible with existing Blu-rays. Ultra HD Blu-ray discs won't play on old players, though, and you can't upgrade old decks, so you will need a 4K Blu-ray player in order to play 4K Blu-ray discs.
An Ultra HD Blu-ray player will work with pretty much any TV, but unless it's a 4K Ultra HD TV you won't see the disc's full-fat 4K resolution on screen. If your TV doesn't support it, the player will downscale the disc's content accordingly.
Any 4K TV should deliver a 4K picture, but only TVs with more recent specs will be able to take full advantage of what Ultra HD Blu-rays can offer. This includes HDR, which is one of the key factors for getting the best possible picture.
Some higher end 4K Blu-ray players have two HDMI outputs so that video can be sent via one to the TV and audio can be sent to an AVR via the other. Alternatively, you can send video and audio from a 4K Blu-ray player straight to your TV and then have the audio sent from the TV to your AVR via optical cable or HDMI ARC.
Ron Martin, VP of Panasonic's Hollywood Lab and a crucial player in the development of Ultra HD Blu-ray, told What Hi-Fi? 4K discs will beat 4K streaming: "[a disc format] is the only repeatable, reliable way to do it. Streaming has certain advantages but many disadvantages."
You shouldn't hold your breath for 8K Blu-ray players or 8K Blu-ray discs. While 4K Blu-ray has proven fairly popular and will likely stick around for a long time to come, it's still a drop in the ocean compared to the popularity of streaming and we can't see a future in which any company is prepared to invest the huge sums of money into a new physical movie format when the war is so clearly already lost.
What this means is if you have a Blu-ray disc you can play that on both a Blu-ray player and an 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray player. If you have an 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, you can only play that on a 4k Blu-ray player.
You might find that when you buy a Blu-ray disc it also comes with a regular DVD version to use with older players. Similarly, if you buy a 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray disc it may also come with a Blu-ray version too. However, this isn't always standard so make sure you check you have the right one before you buy.
If the disc you're playing isn't 4K, your blu-ray player will upscale it. That uses an algorithm to fill in the gaps between the quality of the source material and what a 4K version would be, and the best 4K players do a superb job of this. They can't work miracles but we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much better your older discs can look when they've been upscaled.
We say \"can deliver\" rather than \"does deliver\" because there are lots of variables in play here, ranging from how carefully the original film stock has been stored to the skills of the restorers and the resources they've been given. That's particularly apparent with remastered films released in the early days of Blu-Ray, not all of which were as good as they could have been. However, more careful restorations, such as the 11-month, 2,700-hour restoration of Apocalypse Now for its 40th anniversary edition are absolutely stunning and make you feel like you're watching the film for the very first time.
That's significant, because the lower bandwidth of streaming means compromises have to be made. For example, Dolby Atmos on streaming video usually comes in the compressed Dolby Digital+ format. On Blu-Ray its full quality Dolby TrueHD. If you want DTS:X, which has more control and detail than Atmos, that has to be on a disc.
Not a lot changes in the world of Blu-ray players these days. The Panasonic DP-UB9000 remains our choice for people who want to go all-in on image quality without totally bankrupting themselves (we do have options for spendy, though), while the Panasonic DP-UB820 is our pick for balancing quality and price.
The best 4K Blu-ray players are made to deliver the best picture quality you can get for watching movies and TV series. Streaming services are popular, but Blu-rays deliver video at a much higher bitrate than streaming services, bringing you more detail and realism.
Blu-rays allow you to truly own your movie collection. They can't vanish from your shelves in the same way they're pulled from streaming services. What's more, with a Blu-ray you also get beautiful box art and additional extras that come on the disc, like behind-the-scenes footage and Q&As with the cast. All of this is to say that one of the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players is what we'd recommend for movie lovers.
The rise of streaming means that dedicated movie disc players are more rare than they used to be, and that's a shame: anyone who's experienced the combination of one of the best Blu-Ray players and one of the best TVs knows how superior the Blu-ray version is. And the best Blu-Ray players don't just make the most of your 4K TV. They also deliver incredible sound, especially if you connect them to one of the best soundbars or best home theater systems.
We've tested the best 4K Blu-ray players you can buy, putting them through their paces with all kinds of content and with all kinds of TVs and sound systems. That means we know which players really deliver, and which features really make the most of your home cinema system. And we've also included the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, because they too support 4K Blu-Ray (or at least, they do in the versions that have disc drives).
The Sony UBP-X800 came out in 2017, a Blu-ray player we rated highly at the time for bringing "brilliant, beautiful 4K UHD player at a sensible price." But there was one major feature missing, and that was support for the Dolby Vision HDR standard.
Overall, the X100 is a welcome addition to the disc player market that delivers a very solid performance. In our review we wrote: "the X100 ticks all the important boxes with its tank-like construction, flawless playback, extensive features, and quiet operation." However, there's no denying that it falls short when compared to the similarly priced and better-specified Panasonic DP-UB9000.
This $227/220 budget Blu-ray player from LG lacks many of the frills found on more expensive models, including universal disc support and analog audio outputs. What it does offer is solid, basic disc playback for Ultra HD and regular Blu-rays, DVDs, and audio CDs.
A bonus the UBK90 offers is built-in streaming (over Wi-Fi or Ethernet) of Netflix and YouTube. So if your streaming menu is limited to those major players, you can use the UBK90 instead of a separate Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV streaming box or stick.
It supports Dolby Atmos audio (including out to headphones, for a fee), but probably more usefully it passes Atmos or DTS:X soundtracks through to your TV to handle, when set up properly. We did find that it could be picky about passing DTS:X through a TV that doesn't support it to a sound system that does, though. 041b061a72