The Sony UBPX800 4K Bluray player is a beautiful product with a premium feel. The video quality is superior to any other player we have tested. It loads apps extremely fast and offers impressive features such as Sony X800 Black Friday Deals 2021 Bluetooth streaming. However, it can take a while to load 4K DVDs. There are only limited audio outputs, no stereo analog or optical digital. To get the best out of music and DVD replay, the player needs some fine-tuning. There is no Dolby Vision. The Sony X700 is more affordable and includes Dolby Vision. However, the Sony UBPX800 4K Bluray player offers a better deal.
Sony may have given UHD Blu-ray short-end of the stick with the PS4 Pro, but it now offers numerous dedicated 4K Blu-ray players: the custom-install-only UBP-X1000ES, the brand-new X700 and this mainstream torch bearer, the UBP-X800.
The UBPX800 is more than a UHD disc spinner. It’s a highly specified media machine. It can play Blu-ray, DVD, and CD. It’s compatible with Super Audio CDs or DVD-A discs. A barrel of High-Res Audio codecs will also work with it.
Although it isn’t perfect, we would like to see DolbyVision and a lower price than the X700. However, it is arguably the most specified Blu-ray player of its kind even one year after its launch.
In September 2016, Sony unveiled its first 4K Bluray player, the UBPX1000. While it seemed like “the business”, it cost $700 (or AU$940) and was a shocking announcement. The UBPX800 ($350 on eBay) followed, and then the UBPX700 which adds Dolby vision to the UBPX700. The X800’s value rating fell from 8 to 7 and its overall rating was lowered to 8.1 from 7.9.
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The Sony X800, despite being a newer model, is still available. It offers great playback quality and a design that feels solid and premium, which is not the case with other non-4K players. The $249/PS400/AU$499 cost is comparable to other manufacturers’ players, such as the Oppo UDP203 for $559 (now discontinued, but still available). Sony’s X700 is the deciding factor. It is cheaper and supports HDR formats better.
The X800 has seen a lot of changes in the past 12 months. There have been more 4K players, lower prices, and Dolby vision has become a more affordable format. The X700 is slightly faster than the X800 in performance, but the X800’s DVD playback is only marginally better. As a result the X800 is no longer our go-to 4K player, and we now present two alternatives: If you want streaming apps and Dolby Vision, get the X700; if you want to save money and get an even faster player, but no streaming apps, the LG UP870 is an out-and-out bargain.
The X800’s design is almost identical to the X1000, with its low-slung appearance and “book-on the-its-side” appearance. The X800 has no display, which is the most striking difference.
The unit’s front is very sparse. A drop-down panel hides the disc tray and another panel pulls out a USB port. Only the Sony logo and buttons to power and eject are visible. I found it easy to hit the wrong button. With no Play control on the unit you will need the remote to perform almost all of the functions.The design mimics the STR-DN1080 receiver: the top and bottom edge of the unit are textured steel with gloss black stripe across the middle. The X800 is solidly built. You can hold it in your hand and feel its weight.
The X800’s remote features a candy bar-shaped design, similar to other Sony components. The remote has a handy Home button right near your thumb. You can also use it to perform many functions, such as launching Netflix. It beats the tiny, dreadful clicker that Samsung ships with its UBD-K8500 remote.
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4K Ultra HD Bluray is the newest disc-based standard. It includes 4K resolution (3.840×2,160 pixels), and better color depth. HDR10 is also supported by the Sony, but it does not support Dolby Vision. Format wars are not fun. But this situation is a “DTS-vs. Dolby” scenario. This means that the two formats may be happy coexisting and have minimal impact on us, the end user. Only Samsung is the only major TV manufacturer to not support Dolby Vision. To test the disc format’s efficacy, we will have to wait until June 2017, when the first discs are available. However, based on what we have seen with streaming, there won’t be any significant differences to HDR10.
While Oppo has gone the extreme videophile route with its UDP-203 and slashed all streaming features, the Sony has gone in the complete opposite direction. The Sony’s home screen, which is a grid of streaming services and a single icon called “disc”, emphasizes streaming.
The number of different apps the player offers keeps growing every time I turn it on and it now has over two dozen, including all of the crowd pleasers like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Pandora and Spotify. We’re particularly pleased to see the inclusion of Mubi which is an excellent, curated movie service.
Connectivity has two HDMI outputs. One is v2.0 HDCP2.2 enabled and the other is an audio-only, v1.4 output that can be used with home cinema receivers that don’t support 4K video passingthrough. A single digital audio coax is also available. The deck supports Bluetooth and dual-band Wi Fi, along with Sony’s LDAC extension. Bluetooth pairing is possible with Bluetooth headphones. There is an Ethernet LAN port for wired networks. There is a USB 2.0 port on the front fascia, and a second one at the rear. Separate HDMI ports allow the player to output sound and video.
Separate HDMI ports allow the player to output sound and video. A dedicated Netflix button is located on the deck’s half-size remote. Sony really has improved its build quality. The frame and beam design used on the player’s predecesor are still in use, but the reinforcement is added to improve resonance management. There are also ‘foot beams’ that link the feet of the player to new internal bracing struts measuring 1.2mm. The deck is a solid 3.8 kg.
Although the UBP-X800 uses the same MediaTek platform as Oppo and Cambridge Audio UHD, you wouldn’t know it from the UI. When powered up, we only see a tiled interface that provides easy access to functions and features. You can customize it with any content source you like.
There are a lot of streaming services available, depending on where you live: Amazon Video and Netflix all offer 4K streaming. However, Netflix only offers HDR streaming at the time of writing. A dedicated Netflix button is located on the deck’s half-size remote control A dedicated Netflix button is located on the deck’s half-sized remote control
Miracast Screen Mirroring is supported by the player from compatible devices. The player is also DLNA compliant. It immediately identified our NAS servers and Twonky Media servers. The audio file compatibility is remarkable. The UBP-X800 can play 24-bit FLAC and DSD at 11.2MHz as well as Ogg, WAV, AAC and MP3. Sony’s Low bitrate DSEEHX sound enhancer makes it possible to make the most out of lossy files. Video support includes MKVs which are probably the most common, along with MPEG, MOV, AVI, and m2ts all scaling up to 2160p. The disc loading process is fast. In just 36 seconds, the deck can have movies ready for rolling in less than a minute.
Performance The picture quality is excellent. This Sony displays everything on the screen in high resolution. There are no artifacts or anomalies. The colour performance is outstanding. The player can interpolate UHD with up 4:4:4 subsampling and displays band-free colours. The player does not offer any selectable output modes, unlike rival UHD players made by Panasonic. It simply sends as much data as the connected screen can handle. If your 4K TV supports UHD at60p disc, the player will output 2180p with a frame rate of 60p, Deep Color at 12bits, and chroma at
If the display is unable to handle this, the deck will gradually decrease the data amount in order of priority: resolution (frame rate), HDR, HDR, deep color and colour space).
Sony insiders told me that final tuning was done by image gurus at Sony Pictures. You definitely get the feeling that you are watching master material. John Wick 2: Night Action (UHD Bluray) is a spectacular showcase for high-contrast imagery. It has excellent shadow detail and contrasts well with bright neon colours. The deck supports HDR10 content in High Dynamic Range, but not DolbyVision. If you have a compatible Dolby Vision display, this is not going to be an issue. Sony X800 Black Friday Deals 2021 Although there has been speculation about whether or not Sony will be able to add Dolby Vision support to the X800 via a firmware upgrade, the company repeatedly stated that this was not in the plans.