Sony has announced that its first 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray player will hit stores in March with a $300 price tag (presumably CA$400 in Canada).
Previewed at CES, the UBP-X800 player is now available for pre-sale at various retailers.
On the video side, the player supports high dynamic range (HDR), expanded BT2020 color space (Wide Colour Gamut), 4K streaming (Netflix and YouTube confirmed, more pending), and 4K upscaling of standard-HD video. When HDR content is played on a television lacking HDR capability, the player has an adjustable algorithm to ensure proper brightness and colour gradations.
Audio features include supports for high-resolution playback up to 24-bit/192 kHz and DSD 11.2MHz files (when a firmware update becomes available this spring). The player also upscales standard-resolution music files to hi-res. Integrated Bluetooth enables viewers to listen via wireless headphones while the sound continues to play from the TV or an audio system connected to it.
Sony says it developed a precision drive to maintain consistent performance with “virtually every optical disc format”—including DVD Video and DVD Audio, CD and Super Audio CD, and Blu-ray 3D and BD-ROM (too bad there is no support for VideoCD, CD Video and HD-DVD). The player also has a “frame and beam” chassis to increase structural rigidity and a honeycomb top plate that works in tandem with insulator feet to reduce airborne and mechanical vibration.
For more information, visit sony.com.