Sony introduces relatively compact, cheap uhd-blu-ray player

Aug

7

2018

Sony has introduced the UBP-X500, an uhd-blu-ray player that will cost two hundred euros. The player can play the usual discs, and deal with hdr10 and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision is probably not supported.

The fairly compact and slim UBP-X500 comes out halfway this month and will cost two hundred euros according to Sony . In addition to playing uhd-blu-rays, there is also support for regular blu-rays, DVDs and CDs. Furthermore, according to Sony, the player is able to scale up video material with lower resolutions to 4k. The UBP-X500 can also play a number of video files via a USB stick, although it is not clear whether the passthrough of Dolby Atmos is also supported via usb. With regard to connections, the device only has a single HDMI output and a connection for an internet connection. Wifi is not built in and Sony does not mention the support of apps like YouTube and Netflix.

The apparent lack of Dolby Vision is striking, because the existing UBP-X700 currently has a comparable price and supports this HDR format; this player is in the Pricewatch for around two hundred euros. The more expensive TVs from Sony also support Dolby Vision. Moreover, this hdr-format with dynamic metadata is getting more and more uhd-blu-rays, and for example the Xbox One S and X will eventually also be able to play uhd-blu-rays with Dolby Vision. Perhaps Sony will add Dolby Vision in the future via a software update, but nothing is known about this yet.

Sony UBP-X500

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