Pioneers previews premium 4K UDP-LX500 UHD Blu-ray player at Ototen AV festival in Japan

posted on Sunday, 17th June 2018 by Steve May

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Pioneer has been previewing its first UHD Blu-ray player at the Ototen AV festival in Japan. The UDP-LX500 will see the brand step into the void left by Oppo Digital. The AV giant has also been posting teaser images on its Japanese website since April.

The upcoming model appears to be an evolution of its last premium player, the BDP-LX88. If this is the case, then videophiles are in for a treat. The LX88 was a formidable disc spinner. It tipped the scales at 13.4kg and had impressive build quality: a double layer design saw the 1.6mm base reinforced with 3mm thick plate to ensure absolute rigidity. A 1mm thick steel top plate further reduced vibration.

UDP-LX500 (1) 

The LX88 was also a universal player, compatible with Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio. If Pioneer maintains this legacy, it will have the edge on the incoming Panasonic UB9000, which does not support either high-res disc format. We might also expect stereo performance to be served by an ESS Sabre Reference DAC.

The LX88 had twin HDMIs, coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, and both balanced and unbalanced analogue audio outputs. It’s likely that any new flagship would follow that approach.

Of course, many will wonder if any upcoming premium UHD Blu-ray from Pioneer will support Dolby Vision. There’s no announcement, however the smart money suggests that it may well support Dolby Vision too. Stay tuned for more information.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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