Sony bows high performance disc player at CES, but snubs 4K Blu-ray

posted on Wednesday, 6th January 2016 by Steve May

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Sony has announced a new high-performance disc spinner at CES, but perhaps the most notable thing about the UHP-H1 is that it's not a 4K UHD format machine. Interestingly, the brand has moved audio performance centre-stage, with its upscaling Blu-ray capabilities almost secondary. This puts Sony out of step with its main Blu-ray rivals, Panasonic and Samsung, who have been wowing show attendees with demos of HDR-enabled 4K Blu-ray content.

The UHP-H1 is Super Audio CD compatible and features built-in audio apps for Spotify and Deezer. It's also compatible with High Res Audio formats, up to 192kHz/24-bit and double DSD (5.6MHz). The player features a rigid Frame and Beam chassis designed to minimises mechanical vibration. Onboard there's a 32-bit 768kHz audio DAC. Twin HDMI outputs are provided. There’s also an Audio Direct function that mutes the player’s video output and switches off the front panel display. The player supports Bluetooth LDAC technology.

Also incoming from the brand is the BDP-S6700, 4K Upscaler. Both decks are expected to ship in March. When asked why the brand had not yet thrown its support behind the 4K UHD Blu-ray format, a spokesperson told Inside CI, the technology was “under consideration.”
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Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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