Sony introduces new UHD BD player and OBA sound bar

In other CES news from Sony, the company introduced the HT-X8500 Soundbar – a Dolby Atmos/DTS:X single soundbar with built-in subwoofers – an HT-S350 Soundbar, as well as a new UBP-X800M2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

“Whether it’s the stunning 4K picture achieved with the new UBP-X800M2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player or all-encompassing surround sound delivered through these new soundbars, the home theater experience Sony provides is unmatched,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America. “These new home audio and video products will elevate customers’ ability to access theater-level sound and picture quality from the comfort of home.”

The new X800M2 UHD BD player supports 4K Ultra HD playback, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) to “deliver stunning picture quality.” 4K upscaling is possible with the X800M2, transforming non-4K content to “near-4K” quality content. The player also supports the latest audio formats, including Hi-Res Audio and DSD. The X800M2 is compatible with all major disc formats, including SACD/DVD-A, and also has onboard Netflix and YouTube streaming apps.

HT-X8500 Soundbar

The X8500 soundbar has dual built-in subwoofers, and is a 2.1ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X compatible soundbar providing “high-quality audio in a slim and modern design,” which will deliver a 7.1.2ch surround sound field. It boasts seven audio presets including a Cinema Mode and Game Mode, as well as a vocal enhancement quality for boosting audio frequencies to isolate voices and amplify them above background noise. The X8500 has one-cable HDMI eARC support for compatible TVs. BLUETOOTH wireless connectivity enables the soundbar to connect to a TV or stream music from a smartphone with a wireless set-up. With a claimed 320 watts of audio output, the HT-S350 soundbar delivers surround audio and is paired with a wireless subwoofer, and 5.1 channel decoding. It can connect to a TV via HDMI ARC, and also has BLUETOOTH functionality, similar to the X8500. Both units have punched metal grills, with subwoofer ducts on the side of the X8500 bar, while the S350 has a matching subwoofer with a large duct.

The HT-X8500, HT-S350 and UBP-X800M2 will be available in spring 2019 with pricing to be announced at that time. For more information on Sony audio, please visit www.sony.com/electronics/audio

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16 Comments

  1. Just got my Sony XBR55A9F 4K OLED and was going to get the UBP-X1000ES till I figured out that it doesn’t support Dolby Vision! I have made sure my new Marantz SR-8012 11 channel surround receiver supports both HDR & Dolby Vision as does the new OLED. So my next 4K blu-ray player that will replace my 1st gen Samsung 4K blu-ray should as well. So I am waiting for the new Sony UBP-X800M2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player to be released! Can not wait to add this player to my home theater!

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Philip Verdieck

    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.

    Sorry. Don’t go by me. Im just having tons of issues with players.

    I’m sure it a fine player for most enthusiasts.

  7. Tino

    I Didn’t like the sparse menu, forced Dolby Vision and soft picture.

    Returned.

    How’s that?;)

    Philip Verdieck

    Sparse.

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

    You mean, the 1st evidence that anyone had one of these; with "Returned" being the operative word.:)

  8. 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. ,,,

  9. 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

  10. 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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