1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

Best 4K UHD player for under $200

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by morasp, Jan 26, 2019.

Tags:
  1. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 1998
    Messages:
    14,819
    Likes Received:
    2,764
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    There is really not much, if any, advantage to having the disc player and display from the same manufacturer. My display is a Vizio M-series 70-inch and my UHD player is the Sony X800. My next player will probably be either from Panasonic or Sony. In fact, I currently have a Sony UHD player, Panasonic BD player and Oppo DVD player all in the same equipment rack attached to the Vizio display via a Denon X3300W receiver.
     
    Osato likes this.
  2. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,100
    Likes Received:
    4,826
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug


    Panasonic and Oppo also have this drawback. If you have Dolby Vision enabled on these players and want to watch a DV title in HDR instead, you have to turn DV off manually.
     
    Osato likes this.
  3. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 1998
    Messages:
    14,819
    Likes Received:
    2,764
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    The Sony X700 is a little different. It doesn't automatically sense for Dolby Vision encoding at all. If you leave DV turned on, it outputs DV for everything, whether it is DV-encoded or not. If you leave it off, it will not output DV at all. So, you have to constantly remember to turn it on/off depending on whether you are watching a DV-encoded UHD or any other material (HDR10/UHD, BD, DVD, etc.).

    I'm not sure there are very many instances where I would want to watch a DV-encoded title in HDR10, so the behavior of the Panasonics and Oppos doesn't bother me nearly as much as Sony's implementation on the X700, where you must check every single disc, and also remember to turn the setting back off when done watching DV.
     
  4. Message #24 of 41 Jan 29, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
    dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,100
    Likes Received:
    4,826
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    Wow, I didn't realize things were so weird in Sony-land!
     
  5. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Director
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    20,666
    Likes Received:
    10,154
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Real Name:
    Matt Hough
    Yes, and they looked very good using a regular Sony Blu-ray player, a Panasonic Blu-ray player, and a Samsung Blu-ray player. I'm an equal opportunity consumer.
     
    Jeff Flugel likes this.
  6. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Going with the LG. 2020 here I come!

    Hopefully some THX certified models will be available by then as well.

    : p

    I miss the old THX logos at the theater.
    The audience is now deaf.

     
    atcolomb and Jeff Flugel like this.
  7. Hollywoodaholic

    Hollywoodaholic Edge of Glory?

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Messages:
    2,904
    Likes Received:
    1,829
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Somewhere in Florida
    Real Name:
    Wayne
    Doesn't the PS4 Pro play 4K? It's more expensive ($399) but wouldn't it also have firmware updates? Curious, because I just got a 4K set and am thinking of getting it as a player (and for games).
     
  8. Steve Felix

    Steve Felix Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2001
    Messages:
    619
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    Steve Felix
    Very strangely, it doesn't. I'm leaning toward the Sony X700 despite just learning from this thread about having to manually switch Dolby Vision on and off.
     
  9. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 1998
    Messages:
    14,819
    Likes Received:
    2,764
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    The new Sony X800 v2 should be out in another month or so. Unless you must have a player right now, I would wait and see if the new model implements DV better. The new Panasonic model will probably be out soon, too.
     
    morasp and Osato like this.
  10. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    It seems like some of the players have increased in cost recently.

    The LG is around $250 now?
     
  11. morasp

    morasp Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    555
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    steve
    I wonder what price it will come in at?
     
  12. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 1998
    Messages:
    14,819
    Likes Received:
    2,764
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    I would expect somewhere around $300.
     
    morasp likes this.
  13. Message #33 of 41 Mar 10, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
    morasp

    morasp Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    555
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    steve
    I picked up an x700 at my local Wal Mart. I'm not positive but the picture quality seems to suffer during the daytime. In the mornings and evenings it's great. It could possibly be the wall wart power supply or my grid tie micro-inverts on my solar panels, it's hard to say. My Samsung player which has an internal power supply seems to do better during the daytime. There was also a DVD from season 5 of Dallas that the Sony wouldn't play but the Samsung played with no problem. My older Sony DVD player wouldn't play the disc either.
     
  14. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Sony on sale at target for $180
     

    Attached Files:

  15. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
  16. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
  17. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Missed the Offer by a few hours! Ended on 3/31.
    I called and they wouldn’t match or give me the deal. I would’ve ordered it this morning as the deal was still live online.
    Rats.

    Costco has the player for $199 through April.
    No extra logistics remote though..

    The Best Buy rep did say more promotions may occur later in the year and mentioned Memorial Day.

    Oh well. I’ll continue to save for the tv and worry about the player later.

    Does anyone have a great tool for monitoring prices on UHd TVs and UHd blu rays palyers? Or is it just checking all of the stores every week.
     
  18. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    21,828
    Likes Received:
    3,504
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Catfisch Cinema
    Real Name:
    Dave
    To watch Amazon prices, use https://camelcamelcamel.com
     
    Osato likes this.
  19. Osato

    Osato Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2001
    Messages:
    5,241
    Likes Received:
    1,600
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
  20. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    15,912
    Likes Received:
    7,874
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    Back on sale for $199 including 3free 4K discs!
     

Share This Page