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

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  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!

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