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UB450 was announced at CES back in January but it became available only last month. Together with UB820 and flagship UB9000, these are among the very few UHD Blu-ray players on the market that support both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata HDR formats, along with HDR10 and HLG. Players also support all important audio formats and are backward compatible with CDs, DVDs, standard Blu-rays, and 3D Blu-rays. Check Out Behringer Xr18 Black Friday

 

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IR receiver and a status LED

In the design department, it is obvious that UB820 is in a completely different category. It is bigger, more elegant, and has a dimmable display on the front side. The housing is very sensitive to dust and fingerprints and it doesn’t feel as sturdy as I would prefer, but no doubt that it would fit nicely in every living room. UB450, on the other hand, is a compact unit with a matte plastic front, metal cover, and an exposed disc tray.

Dual HDMI outputs and an Ethernet port

The red LED works only when the unit is powered up – in standby it is turned off – quite the opposite from how this is usually implemented and too bad you cannot turn it off completely within the settings menu. Coming to the backside, what both players have in common are dual HDMI outputs and an Ethernet port. its layout is more spacious and it is packed with more functions.

Quick Start

It has small buttons, fewer controls, and the battery cover is quite loose so it produces an annoying rattle. The menu system is designed in the same way on both players and the responsiveness is pretty much the same. Both players support Quick Start which consumes more energy on standby, but it brings the main menu within seconds. UB820 took 20 seconds to show the Fox logo on Murder on the Orient Express UHD Blu-ray, while UB450 took 7 seconds more.

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HDR TV

Version 2.0 Blu-ray discs as well as with UHD Blu-ray discs UB820 definitely have an advantage when it comes to picture fine-tuning, which can be useful if you are not satisfied with the controls your TV offers. The big selling point of UB820 is the HDR Optimizer function that adjusts tone mapping depending on the brightness of the environment. You have different presets available.

7.1 analog output

The quality you will get really depends on the AV receiver and speakers you will be using. UB820 has 7.1 analog output if you want to connect it to a legacy AV receiver that doesn’t have digital inputs. I was only using HDMI output and didn’t have any issue with getting lossless audio to the LG TV and Denon AVRs. They correctly detected every UHD Blu-ray disc, HDR10 or Dolby Vision, and the same goes for CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays.

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Affordable UHD

The built-in media player supports a wide array of different formats, including DSD, FLAC, Apple lossless, and so on and it performs faster on the UB820. Here is the audio for you to hear. Both players performed really well during this test. If you are looking for an affordable UHD Blu-ray player with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and you don’t need a front display and advanced controls for picture tweaking,

Elegant design and Display

UB450 will be a great choice. UB820 justifies its higher price by having a more elegant design, front display, better connectivity, built-in Wi-Fi, better remote, and an excellent array of picture controls which are especially useful for tweaking HDR. For me, these are the reasons why I ended up buying UB820, but now that I’ve tested them both, if I was not a reviewer, I would also be very satisfied with UB450.

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