Pannde PD-6: 4K Ultra HD Elite Video Player

Pannde PD-6
4.6 VOTES: 33 TECHWEEK

The Chinese manufacturer unveiled its new 4K UHD Blu-ray player in the high-end segment towards the end of 2021. This creation can be called a dream player, if you do not take into account the fact that the manufacturer ignores almost all official associations.

Besides HDR10, the Pannde PD-6 Elite also supports Dolby Vision, has two HDMI outputs, and can also play DVD-Audio and SACD. In our Pannde PD-6 Elite 4K Ultra HD review below, we will try to consider its main advantages and disadvantages, if any.

Pannde PD-6 – Preview

Before diving into this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, please be aware from the outset that Pannde is not a member of the Blu-ray Association. Where the “dual operating system” from Oppo and Pioneer came from is still unknown. Moreover, the playback of ISO and MKV files does not accurately indicate that the Disc Association rules are being followed.

In addition to the above, you should be aware that the device does not have a European CE certificate. However, the manufacturer provides a one-year warranty. So, these facts should be considered before buying. Those who do not want to risk such a sum of money should be better off using the tried and tested Panasonic UB820 or UB9000 models or the new players from Reavon .

Design

Unlike some Blu-ray players of the same class, the build and appearance of the Pannde PD-6 Elite really matches the class of the premium segment. On the other hand, there are no customer reviews yet to confirm this information. The front of the Blu-ray Pande PD-6 Elite 4K is made of brushed aluminum.

In addition to the PD-6 Blu-ray player itself, the package includes the following accessories: a remote control, a power cord with a European plug, two batteries, and an HDMI 4K cable. The total weight of 16.2 kilograms speaks for a quality chassis. Device dimensions (W * D * H): 430 x 400 x 120 mm. The packaging itself has dimensions: (W * D * H): 500 x 430 x 150 mm.

Pannde PD-6 Elite 4K design

Possibilities

As for the capabilities of Pannde’s PD-6, it can also handle Dolby Atmos and DTS: X in addition to the usual other audio formats. It has the ability to handle discs such as UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and CD, as well as a huge range of media files that can be connected to the media player via the USB 3.0 port.

A MediaTek MT8581 processor is installed as a SoC. A bit confusing is Pannde’s claim that the player uses two operating systems. They should be based on the Oppo UDP-205 on the one hand and the Pioneer LX800 on the other . Pannde’s own Blu-ray UHD PD-6 Elite uses Sony’s disc loader.

Connections

The Pannde PD-6 Elite Patch Panel offers a full suite of Hi-Fi connections, including two HDMI ports, two USB ports (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) and analog XLR stereo connectors (balanced and unbalanced). Ethernet, two XLR and two RCA connectors are also available. There is also a TosLink optical output on board.

Pannde PD-6 Elite 4K interfaces

Pannde PD-6 specifications

4K Ultra HD video

Plays 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc with HEVC, H.264, VP9 4K and Hi10P encoding.

High dynamic range

High dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (BT.2020, BT.709) are processed in HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

HDR to SDR converter

Convert HDR to SDR for older displays as well as converting between different color spaces like BT.2020, BT.709.

Video options

The PD-6 Elite media player features a MediaTek MT8581 multimedia system for 4K UHD playback and upscaling. The MT8581 has video decoders: HEVC, H.264 and VP9 4K 60p for 4K (3840×2160) video content, as well as MPEG-1/2/4, VP9, ​​VP8, and VC-1 2K 60p video decoders for older format content.

3D sound

The PD-6 delivers great sound for music and movie soundtracks with object-oriented immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.

High-precision Sony disc loader

Sony’s high-precision balanced optical laser disc loader ensures smooth and reliable playback of all types of discs.

Exceptional workmanship

Brushed aluminum front panel, robust steel housing and gold-plated connectors.

Multimedia

In addition to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray player also supports Blu-ray 3D, DVD Video, DVD-Audio, SACD (Hybrid DSD-Multichannel, DSD-Stereo, CD Layer) Audio. Recording media such as BD-R, BDR-DL, BD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, CD-RW are also supported.

USB media player

The PD-6 has a USB 3.0 port on the rear panel and another USB2.0 port on the front panel. It allows users to play content from external media, including ISO and MKV files.

Network access

With the Gigabit LAN port, the player easily connects to your home network, thereby providing access to multimedia stored on a server or NAS.

Lossless audio output

Audio files can be played losslessly in AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE and FLAC formats, and DSD audio files can be played directly via a stereo section (XLR) or multi-channel system. Thanks to the professional DAC CS9038PRO, it is possible to process analog signals.

Two HDMI outputs

The player has two HDMI outputs. These are HDMI2.0 (audio / video) output and HDMI 1.4 audio jack. Separate transmission of video and audio signals is designed to prevent signal noise.

Analog stereo connections

2x XLR (balanced / unbalanced) + 2x Chinch / RCA

Accessories included

Remote control, HDMI 4K cable, EU plug adapter. Power consumption: 45 W / 0.5 W (standby), voltage: 110-240 V.
Manufacturer’s warranty 12 months.

Pannde PD-6 Price
Don’t expect it to be cheap if this model is made in China. The exact price has not yet been announced. The estimated price will definitely exceed 2,000 euros. In Europe, distributors such as CineUltra.eu will take over the distribution of this model.

Pannde PD-6 and PD-670 differences

Pannde PD-6 and PD-670 differences

In conclusion of the PD-6 review from Pannde, it is worth adding that the company has released another Pannde PD-670 video player. So what makes the PD-6 different from the PD-670? Let’s start with the fact that the price of the PD-670 will be noticeably lower. The premium PD-6 is designed for audiophiles. The main differences are the reinforced steel casing and the double transformer on the premium model.

The PD-6 also features custom-made capacitors and a patch panel with gold-plated connectors. Since the PD-6 is intended for audiophiles, the DAC ESS CS9038PRO DAC is superior to the Burr-Brown PCM1795 installed in the PD-670. On the other hand, the younger model has a compartment for connecting an HD 3.5 ″ drive up to 10 TB. The Dune HD Pro Vision 4K Solo media player has a similar hard drive bay .

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