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Sony introduces new UHD BD player and OBA sound bar

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Martin Dew, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Martin Dew

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  2. Message #2 of 20 Jan 23, 2019
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    Philip Verdieck

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    I am thinking this just changed my mind from pulling the trigger on a Panasonic UB-820.

    FYI. I went to Sony to check out the link on the X800M2.

    There is a review here
    https://www.sony.com/electronics/blu-ray-disc-players/ubp-x800m2/reviews-ratings

    Its not a review. Its an entertaining post I would expect to find here on a number of HTF topics including a pitch on how to do 3D. I don't know how accurate it is, but its interesting...

     
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    Bump! Any news on this? I don't see any review here.
     
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    The player has not been released yet, so finding reviews right now will be difficult.
     
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    I am waiting for the Sony UBP-X800M2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player to replace my current Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player. One of the things is a quirky HDMI handshake issues occasionally and I will be glad to be done with that once I switch over. The Sony UBP-X800M2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be a better match to my Sony XBR55A9F 4K OLED TV!

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    I’m looking at the X800M2 for this Christmas as my second UHD Blu-ray player. It will go of course to the main Home Theater while the X700 would move to the soon to be newly upgraded master bedroom TV.
    That way both TVs will have UHD Blu-ray capability.
     
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    I am doing the same thing with my Samsung 4K blu-ray. My Samsung 4K TV was turned into a bedroom TV after the Sony arrived and the Samsung 4K blu-ray will soon make the transition to the bedroom as well.
     
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    @Ronald Epstein : I wonder, if its OK with @Martin Dew, to make (and re-title) this thread as the official thread for the Sony UBP-X800M2?

    Suggested title: "Sony UBP-X800M2, The Official Thread".
     
  9. Philip Verdieck

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    So pricing known, but still no review???
     
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    I Didn’t like the sparse menu, forced Dolby Vision and soft picture.

    Returned.

    How’s that?;)
     
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    Sparse.

    Its the 1st evidence that anyone has one of these.

    But it doesn't cover stuff like use as an audio player. If you look at Sony's website they proclaim it to be an uber BR player for audio. I am thinking I should spend 200 more for the Panasonic UB820.
     
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    Sorry. Don’t go by me. Im just having tons of issues with players.

    I’m sure it a fine player for most enthusiasts.
     
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    NP, I read of your trials...
     
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    You mean, the 1st evidence that anyone had one of these; with "Returned" being the operative word.:)
     
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    Perhaps the geniuses as SONY can figure out that Americans want a choice of which flavor they want and will come up with a software update that fixes the "undocumented feature9s) TM Microsoft(R)" hhhrpmf<_<

    I noted that one of the Best Buys I go to still had FOUR of the original release
    SONY X800s for sale at $100 more than the NEWER X-700 (X800 $300.00 X700 $200.00) ... Random Lockups for both units come with no extra charge. ,,,
     
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    Received my 800m2 this afternoon from Best Buy. Got the 2 free discs which I already own. I also own the panny 820. You all know it’s features and at this time I am not Doing an in-depth review. Over all it has beautiful picture quality both in hdr and Dolby vision disc. i would give the 820 a small edge there because of its many picture controls including the hdr optimizer but it is a bit over kill. The big negative for me is the dv toggle and so far no atmos in the network apps. It’s build quality is very good and runs whisper quiet. It was an easy set up connected wirelessly to the internet and did firmware update with no issue. The panny is less cumbersome with Dolby vision except for its Netflix app. I love my Panasonic and despite some dislikes to me I like the Sony as a nice backup player. Pending any operational issues I plan to keep it. The way some vendors ar discontinuing making them its good to have a good backup. My wish is the add auto Dolby vision, atmos in Netflix and amazon but wont hold my breath. As far as recommending the x800m2 as long as no issues mainly freeze ups or other issues develop its a nice solid player. Worth the money. I don’t really use a disc player for streaming as I use streaming devices for that.
    Just my 2c
     
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    I forgot to add an update. I started to get some freeze ups on several discs, because of that and the crazy dv toggle I returned the sony and upgraded the panny 820 to the 9000. Couldn’t be happier. There was nothing wrong with the ub820 which I sold and went for The guilty pleasure of the Ub 9000.
     
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    Apparently, the Dolby Vision toggling issue was a mandate by Dolby to Sony for this player. Why Dolby did not make that mandate to Panasonic is a real head scratcher. Personally, I don't think the toggling would be as much of an issue if Sony hadn't buried the switch 2 levels deep into the setup menu. Why couldn't it be a button on the remote, an option on the Home screen, or within the Options submenu that allows you to adjust the location of subtitles, adjust HDR conversion, etc.?
     
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    I read that elsewhere, but I'm not sure I buy that "explanation". Why would Dolby insist on this only for Sony and not for any other manufacturer? It makes no sense to force one company to cripple its product and lose sales to their competition. This certainly was the main reason I bought a Panasonic UB820 instead of the Sony X800M2 as my DV upgrade to the Sony X800 I already own. It seems more like a convenient excuse for Sony instead of admitting they screwed up the design.
     
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    What boggles the mind even more is the fact that the DV toggle is buried so deep into the setup menu.
     
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