Sony introduces $599 premium UHD Blu-ray player

With several disc player manufacturers withdrawing from the field in the past year, it’s reassuring to see that Sony is continuing to support hard media playback in the form of a new flagship player, the UBP-X1100ES. As we would expect from this latest generation of spinners – and at a $599.99 price point – the 4K UHD UBP-X1100ES includes Dolby Vision HDR, 4K upscaling to 60p, and support for the BT.2020 color space. The player is available now from Best Buy, Amazon and other authorized dealers.

Sony is also targeting the player to custom installers with its IP control over CAT 5 or Wi-Fi, RS232C 2-way control and IR-IN. Remote maintenance by installers can be achieved through the cloud-based and network-managed ihiji platform. A steel-framed anti-vibration chassis also promises to improve performance, and rack ears are available for standard 19-inch cabinets.

 

“We strive to provide our home viewer with content that matches the creator’s intent, and the latest addition to our Blu-ray player lineup reflects that mission,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics North America. “No matter what content is playing on the UBP-X1100ES, it’s equipped to provide a theater-level experience every time.”

In addition to customary Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio support for AV content, the company calls the player “the ultimate disc drive” with its ability to play SA-CDs, DVD Audio, as well as most other disc formats. Another feature is DSEE HX, which claims to upscale the frequency and dynamics of MP3s and compressed music. The UBP-X1100ES includes support for USB video and multiple high-res audio file formats. Streaming services are courtesy of Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube, and strong Wi-Fi signals are improved with MIMO wireless technology.

More information is available on Sony’s website here.

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14 Comments

  1. Todd Erwin

    Other than "IP control over CAT 5 or Wi-Fi, RS232C 2-way control and IR-IN," I see no difference between this and the UBP-X800M2 which sells for nearly half the price.

    That was the same situation with the first Sony ES UHD player and the original X800. And this new one still has Sony's moronic Dolby Vision implementation, requiring the setting to be turned on/off manually.

  2. Scott Merryfield

    That was the same situation with the first Sony ES UHD player and the original X800. And this new one still has Sony's moronic Dolby Vision implementation, requiring the setting to be turned on/off manually.

    Yeah, I noticed that on the X800M2, too. I told Sony Tier 1 Support it was stupid, since quite a few UHD discs that are DV don't list it on the packaging or on the disc very prominently (Westworld: Season 1 comes to mind) and that Joe Sixpack shouldn't have to manually toggle DV on, but they have been scripted to respond that that is the way all players work. I tried to explain that that was not true, but being Tier 1 they just were not going to listen. That being said, if that is the way Sony's players are configured for DV content, they should have made the toggle more easily accessible instead of burying it in the screen settings menu. What is even crazier is that turning DV on, you are disabling Bravia mode (if you have a Sony display) and 3D capability.

    I'm working on a review of the M2, but want to give the player some more time and more discs to run through before publishing my findings/opinions.

  3. Todd, both Sony Tier 1 Support and the "some users" that they have referred to remind me of Lee Grant's line from In the Heat of the Night; "I will pack up my husband's engineers…and will leave you…to yourselves."

    If I can still catch that train, I'm still hoping to claim myself a seat on the Panny 9000.

  4. Todd Erwin

    Here is Sony's response:

    😮

    Well, then my question for Sony would be "why then did you design a player where if the user turns Dolby Vision ON it outputs Dolby Vision for all material — even stuff that is not encoded in DV"?

    Sony made a terrible design choice — which they continue to perpetuate in new models — and all these answers being fed to their support people are utter garbage.

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