Panasonic announces DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

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Panasonic today announced the DMP-UB404 Ultra HD Blu-ray player which supports HDR, 4K streaming services and according to the Japanese electronics giant, is ready for 8K Ultra HD as well.

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“two HDMIÂ outputs that separate audio and video signals to suppress unwanted noise and achieve high-quality audio reproduction”

This is pure BS. The separate HDMI audio output is for users who don’t have an AVR that can do 4- or 8K passthru to their TV or projector. The main HDMI connection carries video to the display device and the audio output carries HD audio to an AVR. Using one connection for audio and video has no detrimental effect or “unwanted noise” on the audio, period. Anyone who claims otherwise is engaging in audiophoolery.

The newer, high bandwidth audio signals can not be transmitted over SPDIF connections. TRueHD DTS-HD/MA etc. need the HDMI connection to be transmitted to the receiver. I wonder if some receivers will have issues with an HDMI connection only containing audio signals?

Also, I have a decent Denon AVR that does 4k but I don’t use it for video playback except for the cable TV box. I get much better video quality connecting the computer’s video card directly to the TV. I use the motherboard’s HDMI output to feed audio to the AVR. The two HDMI connections allow the user to do the same even if their AVR is 4k capable.