Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K UHD Blu-ray player: Feature specification and availability

posted on Thursday, 15th September 2016 by Steve May

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Sony has given a name to its debut 4K Blu-ray player. First seen at IFA, the model has been named as the UBP-X1000ES at the CEDIA Expo. It’s unlikely this exact monicker will be used in the UK, but at the moment it’s better than nothing.

Sony confirms the player will be available spring 2017, which has always been the anticipated launch date for the product.

In the US, the deck will only be available through Sony’s custom install channels.The X1000ES is certfied to work with Control4, Crestron, Savant, and others. It also offers IP Control over CAT 5 cable and Wi-Fi networks; RS232C two-way control and IR-IN. A web browser interface is also offered, along with support for ihiji, the cloud-based network management solution used by custom installers for remote maintenance.

Says Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Home Entertainment Systems for Sony Electronics, “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. Our new reference model has been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding A/V enthusiasts.”

Sony uses a different distribution/channel model in the UK and Europe, so expect the player to be generally available for purchase when it lands here. However we wouldn’t expect the extensive CI support to carry through to any mainstream UK disc spinner.

The X1000ES utilises a Sony developed Precision HD drive compatible with DVD Video and DVD Audio; CD and SA-CD; and Blu-ray 3D, and BD-ROM media. The player also incorporates a variety of video codecs for video streaming services like Amazon Video, YouTube and Netflix.

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A dedicated picture mode for HDR content is provided, along with an upscaler for 1080p content. Additionally, when playing 4K HDR content on a 4K SDR television, the X1000ES employs a unique Sony algorithm to reproduce “the proper brightness and colour gradations to provide the best picture possible.”

Beneath the lid is a 32-bit processing DAC compatible with both native DSD (at up to 11.2 MHz) and LPCM (at up to 192kHz) Hi-Res Music files.

The UBP-X1000ES uses the same construction seen on the UHP-H1 audiophile Blu-ray player. Its Frame and Beam chassis helps to increase structural rigidity while a honeycomb top plate, heat sync and offset insulator feet reduce the effects of both airborne and mechanical vibration. Removable rack-mount ears will be sold separately.

Connections include dual HDMI outputs with separate audio and video signal paths, and gold plated 2ch analogue outputs.

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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