Sony Unveils Its Newest, Most Powerful Premium 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player Today
Stephan Jukic – July 1, 2019
Sony Electronics unveiled the newest member of its family of 4K UHD Blu-ray players today at an event in San Diego, California and this latest model comes with all sorts of improvements.
The device, which goes by the model number UBP-X1100ES is to be Sony’s flagship BD player and promises to deliver what Sony claims to be an unprecedented home theater experience. To fortify this claim, the electronics giant is including a whole plethora of features in the X100ES that improve high dynamic range, add finer details and generally sharpen picture quality. Because the UBP-X1000ES has been built for custom installation, it can also easily and seamlessly fit into any home theater setup according to Sony press material.
According to Mike Fasulo, president and chief marketing officer for Sony Electronics North America:
“We strive to provide our home viewer with content that matches the creator’s intent, and the latest addition to our Blu-ray player lineup reflects that mission. No matter what content is playing on the UBP-X1100ES, it’s equipped to provide a theater-level experience every time.”
So there you have it, that’s the standard press release marketing spiel on the UBP-X1100ES, but what about its concrete features?
Well, they do look pretty promising. The UBP-X1100ES offers viewers a full HDR experience, with optimization technology for deeper, richer black levels, more vibrant wide color gamut rendering and 4K upscaling up to 60p. It also offers support for the new BT.2020 color space that Sony has been trying to expand coverage of as much as possible for well over a year. The HDR compatibility of the UBP-X1100ES also happens to include both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so if your TV supports both, this player is ready to handle them.
As for its audio handling prowess, the UBP-X1100ES comes with Dolby Atmos passthrough and this includes DTS:X support, for maximum sond impact if your TV and speaker system also happen tu support both. These audio features do apply to sound formatting in both movies from streaming or disc sources and to other media types like CDs, MP3s and so forth.
As for seamlessness of connectivity, the UBP-X1100ES from Sony is designed to connect easily to any home theater device in the home via HDMI or USB ports and is compatible with a whole pile of services or device types via these and internet connectivity options.
The above of course brings us to a fundamental point about the assorted specs of the UBP-X1100ES: All of its powerhouse specs are designed to augment and support picture technologies that your TV itself also needs to support. In other words, while this particular 4K UHD HDR Blu-ray player will probably do a wonderful job of supporting the best of the HDR color and contrast mastering in the 4K Blu-ray content you slide into it, if your 4K HDR TV only supports a limited range of peak brightness and black levels or only offers marginal HDR color support (say 10-bit color only and not WCG color as well), then you’ll get what the actual TV can render and nothing more. On the other hand if the UBP-X1100ES is paired with something like one of Sony’s ultra-premium HDR television models or a similarly high-end TV from another brand, owners of it will obviously get more of the best that it’s designed to offer.
For those of you who’d like a 4K Blu-ray machine with full premium picture specs, the Sony UBP-X1100ES is already available from a number of online and physical retailers for an MSRP retail price of $599.99. A bit steep for sure but we expect its cost to go down soon, as it already did on Amazon.com, as you can see at the deal link below: