Sony Ubp X700 Review
Sony X700 Performance
The X700 was exactly as expected of a Sony media player. It performed flawlessly. Actually, my one real problem isn’t with the image or sound quality. It actually has to do more with the amount of noise that the player makes. The player’s build quality is quite poor. It is a little clunky for navigating discs and can be quite noisy while playing back. It’s on a par with the UP970 that I have at home, and definitely noisier than the UBP-X800 that I reviewed last year. It depends on your content and location. I noticed the player more often when watching quieter videos, although this is not ideal.
Other than that, my tests were flawless and the X700 delivered a stunning picture performance. One player shouldn’t be able to correctly output what is on the disc via HDMI if it doesn’t. The X700 doesn’t do anything that it shouldn’t. It handled Ultra HD Blurays flawlessly, reproducing every bit of the WCG, HDR and resolutions encoded on them with no problems. Images were clear of colour problems, backdoor noise reduction and unnecessary processing. The Sony detected the native capabilities of a monitor and optimized its output accordingly.
However there are also plenty of opportunities to tweak the output including selecting 4:4:4 chroma upsampling which worked extremely well. The X700 detects a non-supporting 4K resolution and converts HDR to SDR. I found it to be extremely effective. While the X700 Ultra HD Bluray player with HDR10 support is great, I must mention that the DolbyVision Update has yet to be released. So I wasn’t able to test that aspect of the Sony’s performance, which is unfortunate because the addition of Dolby Vision is its biggest selling point.
As I expected, the X700 would perform equally well with Blu-ray discs 2D/3D. The Sony played the discs flawlessly without any image enhancements. This player is amazing. The scaling results in sharp, detailed images. The X700 also excelled in scaling standard definition images, and it did a fantastic job deinterlacing or scaling very low resolution images for Ultra HD.
The X700 supports 4K HDR video services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, and the performance was impressive, with the player dynamically adjusting the output signal based on the framerate of the content. So a 24/23.976 frames per second (fps) series or movie will be sent at 24Hz and anything at 30 fps at 60Hz, resulting in playback that was smooth and film-like. Sony players won’t play 25-50 frames per second video, so UK catchup content doesn’t look as good, even though it’s still quite watchable.
Digital transports like the X700 are not supposed to be any more sounding than others over HDMI or coaxial output. But, it can code both 5.1 Dolby and 7.1 Dolby Master Audio. It also can bitstream soundtracks. And it was able to handle immersive audio formats such Dolby atmos DTSX Auro-3D. It was able to handle SACD discs with ease, providing excellent stereo audio and multichannel sound, but it also handled CDs quite well. The X700 did a fantastic job handling various audio files on my home network. Making it an ideal digital media player.
Sony Ubp-X700 4K Blu-Ray Player Review
Sony UBP-X700 is the best 4K Ultra HD Bluray player. It offers decent features such as SACD support and Dolby Vision. Sony has dropped features such as HiRes Audio support or DVD-Audio, in order to bring down the price. But, the X700 can open many file types, and other disc formats.
Sony is making the most of the lower cost player. This concession can be seen in the materials used as well as the build quality. Because the player is much lighter than its X800 counterpart, and also contains a lot of plastic, it has a lower price and feels quieter. The included remote control is also a bit small and fiddly, but it gets the job done.
However, the player’s performance is solid. The 4K discs playback and scaling of content of lower resolution are flawless. The X700 digital transport is a digital product, so the audio can be heard over HDMI or coaxial digital. But it wasn’t made to be an audiophile-grade device. The user interface is simple but effective, and the support for streaming services is fairly good.
It is worth looking at the Sony UBPX700 regardless of your display, though Sony TV owners might be most benefited from it. This new player has Dolby Vision and will benefit all. The X700 is one of the most affordable ways to play discs. This makes it a great deal. You should consider it even if DolbyVision doesn’t interest you.
You have limited options when it comes to 4K players that support Dolby Vision. The LG UP970 will be your best choice. The disc spinner isn’t exactly the best, but it does have a limited smart platform. Sometimes it can also be loud in playback. The UP970 for PS169 offers Dolby Vision support at a fraction of the cost.
The UBP-X800, even if you aren’t interested in DolbyVision but still like Sony products is worth looking at. It’s only a year old and still a fantastic player. Additionally, it is available at an extremely affordable PS285, making this even more attractive.
Sony Ubp-X700 Ultra Hd Blu-Ray Player Reviewed
Adrienne Maxwell is the former Managing Editor of HomeTheaterReview.com , Home Theater Magazine, and HDTVEtc.com. An ISF Level II-certified video calibrator, Maxwell specializes on flat-panel HDTVs, front projections, and other video source devices.
Sony has added an affordable player to the Ultra HD Blu-ray line-up earlier in this year. The UBPX700 is a price reduction from the UBPX800, which I reviewed last year at $249.99. The X700 provides the basic features of a UHD-player, including the ability pass the UHD signal to a UHD Bluray disk. It also includes Rec 2020 and HDR10 HDR. Additionally, this firmware update will add support for Dolby Vision HDR. The X700 does not offer some of the features the X800 has, but I will point them out throughout this review.
Ultra HD support is also available on the UBPX700. This includes 3D video and SACD sound playback. DVDs and CDs are not required. Hi-res audio can be added via USB. There are many streaming options available, such as Netflix, VUDU (Prime Video), Hulu Prime Video, Hulu Prime Video, Spotify, Pandora and others.
You’ll notice a difference in the size and construction of the X700 and the X800 when you compare them. Its rugged and substantial construction quality makes the X800 stand out from sub-$300-priced players. This is similar to Oppo UDP-203. The X700 is, however, similar in price to comparable players such as those from Philips, Samsung and LG. The chassis is smaller (112.6 inches by 1.8 tall by 8.5 depth) and lighter (4 pounds). It lacks the heavy, metal shell that came with the X800. Front panel has a slide out disc tray (hidden behind an opaque drop-down door), and buttons for power and eject. A USB port is below these buttons. A front-panel display is not available, which is very common in this configuration.
Connectivity options for the UBP-X700 are identical to other players under $300. Two HDMI outputs can be used: one HDMI 2.0a A/V output, and one HDMI 1.4 audio-only output. Coaxial digital audio is available, but it is less popular than optical digital. This player does not have the Bluetooth audio out found in X800. You cannot wirelessly stream the audio to Bluetooth soundbars, speakers or headphones. As with most other players of this price, the X700 lacks a DAC and analog audio outputs. Therefore, audio quality is mainly determined by your audio processor.
Only one other option for connection is on the back panel. This is to establish a wired network connection. 802.11b/g/n WiFi is also available. The X700 is missing RS-232 and IR ports. However, IP control can be used.
The supplied IR remote is shorter than the one that comes with the X800 but sports most of the same buttons, so they are packed together a bit more snugly. The backlighting is not provided, however I found that the buttons were intuitive. Also, the different shapes of the buttons make it easier to spot certain functions in darker rooms. The remote has a Netflix button and can be assigned to another app via the Favorite. It can also be used to program your remote so that it controls the volume, power and input selection of your TV. Sony also provides an iOS/Android app called “Video & TV Sideview”, which lets you control your TV using your tablet or smartphone.
Sony UBPX700 Blu-ray player is 4K Ultra HD. Many of its features are still available on the Sony UBPX800, however it is much more affordable.
It also features Dolby Vision support thanks to an update in firmware. It’s the disc player Sony has been waiting for. But how do they perform?
Is Sony Ubp-X700 Worth It?
Sony UBPX700, regardless of the display that you use, is definitely something to consider. However Sony TVs owners may be most benefited from this player, particularly in regard to DolbyVision. The X700 makes playing discs with it one of most economical ways, so the Sony is a solid bargain. Juni 6, 2018,
What’s the difference between Ubp-X700 and Sony UbpX800?
The X700 is smaller – about two-thirds the size of the hefty, metallic rectangle of the X800. It’s lighter, too. However, it isn’t all-plastic. The X700’s angled hull is made from thin metal panels that prevent it feeling cheap. However, the power and eject button are prompt and reliable. Oct 4, 2021
How does Sony UbpX700M compare to UbpX700M
The sony UBP-X700M is the newest model that replaced the UBP-X700. This newer model offers the same durability and reliability as the UBP-X700M, but it also has upgraded software. The newest model also includes Dolby Vision hardware and software that can be used with the latest tvs or home theatres.
How Does the Sony Ubp-X700 Perform in Higher Quality?
You can also expect genuinely remarkable upscaling to allow it extract the most detail from disc formats with lower resolutions. The Sony UBPX700 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player supports HDR10, 4K and a broad colour range in the form the BT. 2020 colour space.Jun 8, 2018
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