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.