If you’re looking for a 4K Blu-ray player at a slightly more affordable price, the Sony UBP-X700 (£ 198) offers a lot to love at a price point under £ 200.
With support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, it covers the two main HDR formats you are going to want on board and delivers picture performance rich in detail. Sony is well known for its exceptional subtle image processing and everything is on display here, with an image that goes above and beyond what we would expect at this price point.
You’ll lose a bit of the high-end finish on the build, which is largely plastic, but it still looks smart enough to display under your shiny new 4K TV.
Audio performance is also strong, with two HDMI outputs and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, plus it does a great job with music for this level and can play 24-bit / 192kHz tracks in WAV, FLAC and DSD.
For streaming, you get 4K HDR support with Netflix and Amazon Prime, along with other additions like BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Spotify, and Demand 5.
Benefits: Subtle image performance; natural color management; fast loading The inconvenients: No HDR10 + support; slightly inexpensive construction
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The exits: 2 x HDMI, 7.1 multichannel analog, 1 x optical, l 1 x coaxial | HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HDR10 + support?: Yes / Yes / Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 48.1 x 43 x 30 cm | Weight: 7.8 kg
To a lot of people, spending that much money on a Blu-ray player would seem a bit OTT. But if you are a home theater enthusiast with the matching AV kit, this player will be a great addition to your setup.
From the outset, it is clear that DP-UB9000 (£ 849) is a high-end machine. The construction is all aluminum, to help protect against vibrations interfering with the audio, and a quick read of the datasheet shows that this also means business inside, with a high quality chipset ensuring the best quality. image and sound.
As you would expect at this point, whatever your audio setup, you’ve got you covered here, with 7.1 stereo and analog outputs as well as dual HDMI outputs for the best audio performance.