Sony UBP-X700 Smart 3D 4K UHD HDR Upscaling Blu-Ray/DVD Player £199 @ John Lewis/Richer Sound
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Sony UBP-X700 Smart 3D 4K UHD HDR Upscaling Blu-Ray/DVD Player £199 @ John Lewis/Richer Sound

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Found 9th May
Not many 4K UHD Players with Dolby Vision, this will add support in July.

Review

whathifi.com/sony/ubp-x700/review

The UBP-X700 delivers an awe-inspiring cinema experience into your home. As well as playing 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), it also upscales regular pictures to breathtakingly detailed 4K UHD resolution. Plus it features Dolby Atmos surround sound for equally amazing audio, and offers a host of smart features, with built-in Wi-Fi. Able to play a wide range of discs and audio or video files, with a full suite of wired connections, it's kitted out to become your complete home entertainment hub, with outstanding audio and visual quality.

4K HDR and 4K Upscaling
With a compatible TV, enjoy the stunning depth and realism of the 4K HDR picture. Boosting colour and contrast for a more realistic picture, this player supports HDR10 (with Dolby Vision HDR available via firmware upgrade from July 2018). And if you don't have an HDR TV, Sony's HDR-SDR conversion tech intelligently scales HDR’s ultra-wide brightness range into an SDR image for improved picture quality. Meanwhile, BT.2020 colour spaces offers a wider colour range than standard players, so all the hues in nature can be authentically reproduced. With 4K 60p upscaling, you’ll experience your favourite movies in four-times the detail of Full HD. This player will upscale your DVDs and Blu-rays so all your media gets the titillating 4K treatment.

Dolby Sound
Dolby Atmos treats sound sources within a three dimensional space, so whatever you're watching or listening to, with compatible speakers, the audio will be remarkably immersive and spatially separated.

Smart Platform
With Sony's smart platform, access a variety of 4K streaming services from such services as Amazon Video, Netflix and YouTube via your wireless network.*

Versatile Formats
As well as Ultra HD Blu-Ray, regular Blu-Rays and DVDs, the UBP-X700 can handle a wide range of disc formats, including 3D Blu-rays, CDs and Super-Audio CDs. It's the same with digital files too; this player supports all popular audio and video file formats.

Completely Connected
With multiple high quality connections it's armed to become your central home entertainment hub, linking a wide range of home AV equipment.
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Surely 4k players will come down in price, extra 30 quid get Xbox one think that has 4k player in it
Original Poster
TAZMANUK2 m ago

Surely 4k players will come down in price, extra 30 quid get Xbox one …Surely 4k players will come down in price, extra 30 quid get Xbox one think that has 4k player in it


Yes, but there are very few at the moment which support Dolby Vision, the XBOX ONE does not.

I'm after a 4K player which specifically supports Dolby Vision and this is the best I can find at a reasonable price.
TAZMANUK5 m ago

Surely 4k players will come down in price, extra 30 quid get Xbox one …Surely 4k players will come down in price, extra 30 quid get Xbox one think that has 4k player in it



Reviews for the Xbox One S playback of UHD blu-ray don’t speak highly of its picture quality. What Hi-Fi on the Xbox One S

The review included in the op is glowing with praise about how this player handles UHD blu-ray.
Good price but was available for £183 few days ago.

Sony have promised a DV update (does not currently support DV) but they we're late with a DV update for some of their TV's so I would not rely on it happening anytime soon despite promises.
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OBH6UK8 m ago

Good price but was available for £183 few days ago.Sony have promised a DV …Good price but was available for £183 few days ago.Sony have promised a DV update (does not currently support DV) but they we're late with a DV update for some of their TV's so I would not rely on it happening anytime soon despite promises.


Interested to know where it was £183 recently, annoyed missing that as just about to purchase.
OBH6UK12 m ago

Good price but was available for £183 few days ago.Sony have promised a DV …Good price but was available for £183 few days ago.Sony have promised a DV update (does not currently support DV) but they we're late with a DV update for some of their TV's so I would not rely on it happening anytime soon despite promises.



It was on offer at PowerDirect.co.uk over the bank holiday weekend, but has since gone back up.
Edited by: "Gusseteer" 9th May
Price match plus and additional -£5 at RS.

I almost purchased one but I am wary after the LG UP970 DV fiasco. So am waiting for this or the Panasonic UB820, when the actual DV firmwares are released.
Edited by: "OBH6UK" 9th May
Original Poster
Gusseteer18 m ago

It was on offer at PowerDirect.co.uk over the bank holiday weekend, but …It was on offer at PowerDirect.co.uk over the bank holiday weekend, but has since gone back up.


Annoyed I missed that...thanks
AK.Gunners21 m ago

Annoyed I missed that...thanks


To be honest, I would have paid the extra to get it from John Lewis.

Better customer service, reliable delivery and an extra year on the warranty.
OBH6UK3 h, 51 m ago

Price match plus and additional -£5 at RS.I almost purchased one but I am …Price match plus and additional -£5 at RS.I almost purchased one but I am wary after the LG UP970 DV fiasco. So am waiting for this or the Panasonic UB820, when the actual DV firmwares are released.


Was holding out for the UB820, until I saw the price! I've pumped for the X700 and hoping for the promised DV update. Took Sony ages to push out the TV DV update (12+ months!)
The DV update on the Sony TV does make content pop much more than HDR10.
10% of purchase price for a 6 year guarantee at Richer sounds.
If I get this would it make my Panasonic 65dx902 TV Dolby vision compatible? Panasonico Dolby visions.
xanth2 m ago

If I get this would it make my Panasonic 65dx902 TV Dolby vision …If I get this would it make my Panasonic 65dx902 TV Dolby vision compatible? Panasonico Dolby visions.


Panasonic TVs do not have Dolby Vision.
Gusseteer6 h, 47 m ago

Reviews for the Xbox One S playback of UHD blu-ray don’t speak highly of i …Reviews for the Xbox One S playback of UHD blu-ray don’t speak highly of its picture quality. What Hi-Fi on the Xbox One SThe review included in the op is glowing with praise about how this player handles UHD blu-ray.


There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and this comes from the guys over at Avforums.com
Plus I don’t trust any review from WhatHiFi. Find a 4k player that suits you and know the only difference is the features and build quality.
BootStrapWill30 m ago

There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and …There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and this comes from the guys over at Avforums.com Plus I don’t trust any review from WhatHiFi. Find a 4k player that suits you and know the only difference is the features and build quality.


Interesting point, do you have a link to this? The one provided only goes to the main page.
BootStrapWill44 m ago

There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and …There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and this comes from the guys over at Avforums.com Plus I don’t trust any review from WhatHiFi. Find a 4k player that suits you and know the only difference is the features and build quality.


This is unlikely to be true. Are all bluray Ray players identical in quality? Of course not. What's different about 4K bluray players that makes them all identical? This Sony player is very highly rated and it's a very good bluray upscaler. 4K bluray players will upscale differently. So they aren't all the same.
mark62261 h, 52 m ago

This is unlikely to be true. Are all bluray Ray players identical in …This is unlikely to be true. Are all bluray Ray players identical in quality? Of course not. What's different about 4K bluray players that makes them all identical? This Sony player is very highly rated and it's a very good bluray upscaler. 4K bluray players will upscale differently. So they aren't all the same.


The question is though has this got a better upscaling chipset than the one in your 4k TV.....??

If you have a cheap 4k TV from a factory in Turkey or Slovakia with a vaguely familiar 70's/80's electronics name on it...then probably yes...

If you have a TV with a Samsung/Sony/Panasonic/LG badge on it...probably not.
Gusseteer11 h, 23 m ago

Interesting point, do you have a link to this? The one provided only goes …Interesting point, do you have a link to this? The one provided only goes to the main page.


Here you go, avforums.com/rev…019
mark622611 h, 10 m ago

This is unlikely to be true. Are all bluray Ray players identical in …This is unlikely to be true. Are all bluray Ray players identical in quality? Of course not. What's different about 4K bluray players that makes them all identical? This Sony player is very highly rated and it's a very good bluray upscaler. 4K bluray players will upscale differently. So they aren't all the same.


Just read this avforums.com/rev…019

I don’t trust WhatHiFi as they are a reviewer who reviews HDMI cables and says one is better than the other. I’ll stick with AVforums.
Thank you for that, genuinely an interesting read.
BootStrapWill9th May

There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and …There is no difference in picture quality when it comes to 4k players, and this comes from the guys over at Avforums.com Plus I don’t trust any review from WhatHiFi. Find a 4k player that suits you and know the only difference is the features and build quality.


Actually there were some teething problems with the XBox One S as it output the wrong colour space, I read about this on AVF and HDTVtest. I'm guessing they fixed this eventually though.

However, the XBox won't have DV and I don't think it has a second HDMI port for audio does it? If, like me, you have an AVR that you like but its a little old, so can't handle HDCP2.2 then an audio only HDMI output is a must for lossless audio from Blurays.
BootStrapWill10th May

Just read this …Just read this https://www.avforums.com/review/sony-ubp-x1000es-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-player-review.14019 I don’t trust WhatHiFi as they are a reviewer who reviews HDMI cables and says one is better than the other. I’ll stick with AVforums.


HDMI cables do vary in quality. Over a length of 1m or 2m, then you're not going to notice it. But over a length of 10m or 20m you can see interference in some cables.

Contrary to popular belief, a digital signal isn't simply "on" or "off".
Gusseteer9th May

Reviews for the Xbox One S playback of UHD blu-ray don’t speak highly of i …Reviews for the Xbox One S playback of UHD blu-ray don’t speak highly of its picture quality. What Hi-Fi on the Xbox One SThe review included in the op is glowing with praise about how this player handles UHD blu-ray.


Beware of anything from What HiFi. They don’t understand/openly lie about anything digital. They recently accused LGs 4K player of ‘sounding a tad bright’ and they’re all over the colour and sharpness of many other entirely digital players. Now of course, unless there’s some active post processing going on (like upscaling), it doesn’t matter what player you use. A 4K picture from any 4K player will be identical (as will the sound) as it leaves the player as pure data. Your TV (or amp/speakers) are where the variance happens.
A 4K player will no more colour your picture than a hard drive would colour your documents.
liveinabin2 h, 37 m ago

Beware of anything from What HiFi. They don’t understand/openly lie about a …Beware of anything from What HiFi. They don’t understand/openly lie about anything digital. They recently accused LGs 4K player of ‘sounding a tad bright’ and they’re all over the colour and sharpness of many other entirely digital players. Now of course, unless there’s some active post processing going on (like upscaling), it doesn’t matter what player you use. A 4K picture from any 4K player will be identical (as will the sound) as it leaves the player as pure data. Your TV (or amp/speakers) are where the variance happens. A 4K player will no more colour your picture than a hard drive would colour your documents.


Can of worms statement lol. So a £40 cd player sounds the same as a £2000 one as its digital? Lol
TALON19731 h, 29 m ago

Can of worms statement lol. So a £40 cd player sounds the same as a £2000 o …Can of worms statement lol. So a £40 cd player sounds the same as a £2000 one as its digital? Lol


If the CD player sends its DIGITAL output to an amp, then yes, a £40 player will sound exactly the same as a £2000 one.
It's job is simply to read data from a disc, same as a blu-ray player, or 4K UHD player.
Sighs..... Shakes head
TALON19731 h, 5 m ago

Sighs..... Shakes head



I don't think you understand how digital things work. You edited your comment, but yes, I would go into a Hi-Fi shop and make the same comment, although (1) Hi-Fi shops want to sell you the £2000 CD player, so can't exactly be trusted, and (2) I'd be met with the same shocking ignorance as you've shown.
I edited my comment as I was about rant but knew I was wasting my time. And as a person who's got a hi-end (ish) system I'll agree to disagree.
So much money to watch something on a screen that looks realistic, when you could put it towards travelling and experiencing the world. I understand the price of TVs but find it ridiculous you have to buy an extra 4K Blu-ray player to access the 4K capability of the TV itself.
SalmanOrange1 h, 11 m ago

So much money to watch something on a screen that looks realistic, when …So much money to watch something on a screen that looks realistic, when you could put it towards travelling and experiencing the world. I understand the price of TVs but find it ridiculous you have to buy an extra 4K Blu-ray player to access the 4K capability of the TV itself.


Erm........ Sky q, netflix..... There isn't a FREE 4k source besides YouTube anywhere. Legally.
I have had 2 dedicated 4k players and an xbox one s. The xbox was by far the worst player.
Navigation is awful using the joy pad.
Spinning a 4k disc is very noisy.
Motion not as good.
Softer picture.
Solarisation in some scenes.
jakejoe3022 m ago

I have had 2 dedicated 4k players and an xbox one s. The xbox was by far …I have had 2 dedicated 4k players and an xbox one s. The xbox was by far the worst player.Navigation is awful using the joy pad.Spinning a 4k disc is very noisy.Motion not as good.Softer picture.Solarisation in some scenes.


The first two points, fair enough, these can be genuine issues, but the only known image issue is something to do with colour reproduction. How can the Xbox possibly give a "softer" picture, or affect motion?
Edited by: "Walrus_Man" 13th May
jakejoe302 h, 54 m ago

I have had 2 dedicated 4k players and an xbox one s. The xbox was by far …I have had 2 dedicated 4k players and an xbox one s. The xbox was by far the worst player.Navigation is awful using the joy pad.Spinning a 4k disc is very noisy.Motion not as good.Softer picture.Solarisation in some scenes.


This has put me off getting a Xbox one s then, thought issues was sorted with latest updates, apart from the GUI
Walrus_Man2 h, 34 m ago

The first two points, fair enough, these can be genuine issues, but the …The first two points, fair enough, these can be genuine issues, but the only known image issue is something to do with colour reproduction. How can the Xbox possibly give a "softer" picture, or affect motion?


Do you have Xbox one s and is it a good uhd player seen a mixed bag of views on it some say it's awesome, others say GUI is naff which I'm not bothered about and uhd drive noise
liveinabin12th May

Beware of anything from What HiFi. They don’t understand/openly lie about a …Beware of anything from What HiFi. They don’t understand/openly lie about anything digital. They recently accused LGs 4K player of ‘sounding a tad bright’ and they’re all over the colour and sharpness of many other entirely digital players. Now of course, unless there’s some active post processing going on (like upscaling), it doesn’t matter what player you use. A 4K picture from any 4K player will be identical (as will the sound) as it leaves the player as pure data. Your TV (or amp/speakers) are where the variance happens. A 4K player will no more colour your picture than a hard drive would colour your documents.


Ditto for Which? magazine. Oh Dyson best, all other non-brit ones are rubbish.... or ooo this bang & olufsen item at £5,000 is clearly the winner (when compared to some £100 item) they literally take either the most expensive item in the category or one just below it and say Yep that's our best buy... all else are useless. I don't trust most reviews, sadly. I'd rather see a demonstration and make my own mind up. I used to work for a large online american broadcaster who everyone would know, they had several tech websites with "expert" reviews.... but all the interns were 19 year old uni students so how are they experts?
Edited by: "klingonempire" 13th May
TAZMANUK1 h, 37 m ago

Do you have Xbox one s and is it a good uhd player seen a mixed bag of …Do you have Xbox one s and is it a good uhd player seen a mixed bag of views on it some say it's awesome, others say GUI is naff which I'm not bothered about and uhd drive noise


I sold my samsung 8500 4k player and my ps4 so I could have an all in one solution with the xbox one s.
Sold the s within 2 months. I now own a ps4 again and a panasonic 700 4k player.
TAZMANUK3 h, 36 m ago

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I have the Xbox 1 'X' and it plays UHDs fine, any colour issues were fixed with updates around March/April, I.e here ..


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The X is almost silent , no problems with the GUI and I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem using a controller for playing UHD, it's only a couple of button presses.
If you have a TV like a Samsung with a smart remote you can boot up the Xbox from the TV and control all menus etc in the Xbox from the remote.
Another thing with the Xbox is that you can be assured the UHD player will always get any new improvements via firmware throughout the life of the console.
TAZMANUK3 h, 58 m ago

Do you have Xbox one s and is it a good uhd player seen a mixed bag of …Do you have Xbox one s and is it a good uhd player seen a mixed bag of views on it some say it's awesome, others say GUI is naff which I'm not bothered about and uhd drive noise


Ignore anyone reviewing the Xbox One S/X as a UHD player, in most cases it’ll be the only UHD player they’ve experienced. A decent standalone player will always be superior to a console. You are correct the XB1 GUI is terrible, despite them changing it multiple times since launch.
jakejoe304 h, 17 m ago

I sold my samsung 8500 4k player and my ps4 so I could have an all in one …I sold my samsung 8500 4k player and my ps4 so I could have an all in one solution with the xbox one s.Sold the s within 2 months. I now own a ps4 again and a panasonic 700 4k player.


I just ordered the pana UB700 mainly because I need a digital out - I wonder if this sony would be better as its 70 quid cheaper...AND is plays back DSD - I have a few DSD titles and they are awesome
Edited by: "smurkenstein" 13th May
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