During its annual press briefing at CEDIA, Sony Electronics unveiled a new reference standard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will be shipping next spring. The new ES Series model (UBP-X1000ES) offers full custom installation compatibility and incorporates a number of features and technologies designed to make it the centerpiece of home audio-video systems.
“The new UBP-X1000ES player has been long awaited by custom installers who desire a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that provides a ‘one-stop’ solution for their clients’ premium entertainment needs,” said Yukio Ishikawa, director of home entertainment systems for Sony Electronics. “Our new reference model has been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding AV enthusiasts.”
Sony president and COO Mike Fasulo unveiled a new reference standard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will be shipping next spring. The new ES Series model (UBP-X1000ES) offers full custom installation compatibility and incorporates a number of features and technologies designed to make it the centerpiece of home audio-video systems.
The X1000ES Universal Player is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs as well as video streaming in full 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR), for greater detail, brightness, and contrast that fully captures the content creator’s intention.
In addition to support for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, the X1000ES utilizes a Sony-developed Precision HD drive to help maintain consistent performance with virtually every optical disc format, including DVD video and DVD audio, CD and SA-CD, and Blu-ray 3D and BD-ROM media. The player further incorporates a variety of video codecs that can deliver 4K streaming from video streaming services like Amazon Video, YouTube, and others.
A dedicated picture mode for HDR content is provided, along with Sony’s video processing that upscales 1080p content to near 4K 60Hz resolution. Additionally, when playing 4K HDR content on a 4K SDR television, the X1000ES utilizes a unique Sony algorithm designed to reproduce the proper brightness and color gradations to provide the best picture possible.
The UBP-X1000ES is also well suited for pairing Dolby Atmos and DTS:XTM object-oriented audio compatible receivers, for the most immersive home theater experience possible. Plus its 32-bit processing DAC is compatible with both native DSD (at up to 11.2MHz) and LPCM (at up to 192kHz) Hi-Res music files, which are available in a number of different formats.
The X1000ES offers a number of other ES refinements, including dual HDMI outputs with separate audio and video signal paths and its HDMI two-channel analog and coaxial digital outputs are gold evaporated for better conductivity.
Unlike conventional 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players, Sony plans to have the X1000ES fully certified by home control and automation system vendors such as Control4, Crestron, Savant, and others. The UBP-X1000ES provides virtually every connectivity option required for today’s complex custom installations, including IP control over Cat-5 cable or Wi-Fi networks; RS-232C two-way control, and IR-IN. A web browser interface is also offered, along with support for ihiji, a cloud-based network management solution used by custom installers for remote maintenance.
The new UBP-X1000ES is being offered exclusively to the custom installer channel and comes with a five-year limited parts and labor warranty. It will be available from authorized Sony AV dealers and custom installers in spring 2017. Pricing will be announced at a later date.