Top positive review
Crisp and clean image with discrete surround sound outputs.
6 June 2018
I recently bought an LG 4K UHD TV and wanted a UHD 4K player that would do films justice on my TV. I examined loads of options before settling on the Panasonic and I'm glad I did. It integrated into my set-up really well. One things that sold it for me, besides the excellent picture quality, was the discrete analogue outputs for audio, meaning I could use my 5.1 amp and 2.0 receiver amp together to create a temporary 7.1 surround set-up, prior to upgrading at some point soon.
I, like everyone else using discrete analogue outputs, had to tweak the audio delay (I ended up with around 40ms delay) to get the sound and picture in sync running it this way. This is not a bug, it's because the audio is processed a lot faster than the image when split like this, so you would expect to have to do this on any player with analogue audio outputs. Having set that up at the installation stage, I haven't had to tweak it again; every disc I have watched since has been in sync. Ideally, a receiver would be used with HDMI audio channels as this audio delay is not required when using the system that way and, indeed, when I just use my TV's audio, everything is perfectly synced as it should be.
It was easy to set-up, the picture quality is excellent, the online services, firmware updates, apps are all fast and efficient. The remote is very intuitive and also has a backlight, which is invaluable when watching Blu-ray films in an otherwise dark room. It also looks stylish with the entire front panel opening downwards to reveal the disc drawer, alongside a USB and SD card slot. It's played all (correctly formatted) media I have tired with it so far. Very good machine for the money. My only small regret is that it doesn't play SACDs, so I've had to keep my SACD player to listen to surround albums in that format, but you can't have everything.