Sony Electonics continues its announcements today to include further CES showstoppers in the form of the company’s first 4K Dolby Vision capable UHD Blu-ray player, the UBP-X700, and the 4K HDR 7.2 channel receiver, the STR-DH790.
The UBP-X700 player will support Dolby Vision and HDR10 (both via firmware update in the summer of 2018) to deliver what the company claims will be ‘ground-breaking detail, color and brightness’, and will offer 4K streaming services from content providers, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. The UBP-X700 will also support video and music formats, such as MP4, DSD, FLAC, and others.
Meanwhile, the STR-DH790 receiver will be capable of passing through Dolby Vision and HDR10 ‘without any loss’. The 7.2 channel receiver will also support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a 5.1.2 setup, adding immersive audio thrills to the menu.
Sony has been taking some strides to enhancing the lifestyle credentials of its products, in terms of both design and ergonomics, and these two additions are expected to be no exception. The UBP-X700 and STR-DH790 will sport ‘thinner and more compact’ bodies ‘that will seamlessly fit into any home’. Designed with ‘the average living room in mind’, the new receiver will include the Advanced D.C.A.C. (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) speaker setup system. Like the embedded Audyssey systems of competitors’ models, a plug-in microphone is used in conjunction with a series of test tones to achieve appropriate speaker levels, based on their placement and the room’s attendant acoustical properties.
The UBP-X700 will be available later this month, while the STR-DH790 should hit store shelves in the spring, and all products in the new line (which includes the STR-DH790, STR-DH590 and STR-DH190 receivers), can be ordered from Sony authorized retailers, as well as Amazon and Best Buy. Pricing on all units is yet to be announced.
If you’re going to CES, Sony Electronics can be found on Booth #17300, and more information on the company’s show offerings can be accessed at www.sony.com/ces. Please let us know here on the forum if you get a chance to stop by the Sony exhibits – the Dolby Vision performance will hopefully be something to whet appetites.