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Sony launches X700 UHD BD player - Dolby Vision coming later

14 Feb 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

The Sony UBP-X700 UHD Blu-ray player is now shipping in the US and Europe. It will be the first Dolby Vision compatible player from Sony following a firmware update this summer.

Dolby Vision player

With X700, Sony joins the ranks of Cambridge Audio, LG, and Oppo who are the first companies to offer Dolby Vision capable Blu-ray players. However, there is often a “but” when talking about Dolby Vision.

- “This feature (Dolby Vision) will be made available via firmware update in summer 2018,” the company noted.

So, you can buy the Sony X700 today but Dolby Vision playback will not be immediately available. Until it arrives, your Dolby Vision discs will play in HDR10 format.

Why does it have to take so long? Sony hasn’t said but we assume that it is related to the new Dolby Vision profile that is required in order to make HDMI sources compatible with Sony TVs. If you are not familiar with all of this, check our article here.


Sony X700 Dolby Vision player


X700 comes equipped with two HDMI outputs, one for video and one for audio. It has Wi-Fi and streaming apps built-in (Amazon, Netflix and YouTube). In addition, it supports object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via bitstreaming as well as high-res audio formats. It will play CD, Super Audio CD, DVD, HD Blu-ray, and UHD Blu-ray.

Sony’s existing X800 and X1000 UHD Blu-ray players will not be updated with Dolby Vision, meaning that the company’s most affordable player is also its most capable when it comes to video formats.

Sony X700 is available now in the US and Europe.

Pricing & availability
  • USA: Sony UBP-X700
  • UK: Sony UBP-X700
  • DE: Sony UBP-X700

    Sony UBP-X700 specifications

    DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)
    W 12-3/5" x H 1-4/5" x D 8-1/2" (320 mm x 45 mm x 217 mm)
    WEIGHT
    3 lb 1 oz (1.4 kg)
    DISC
    BD-RE, BD-RE Dual Layer, BD-ROM, CD (CD-DA), CD-R/-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, SA-CD (SA-CD / CD) Playback, Stereoscopic 3D (profile 5), Ultra HD Blu-ray
    AUDIO FORMATS
    AAC (.AAC, .mka), AIFF (.aiff, .aif), ALAC (.m4a), Dolby® Digital (.ac3, .mka), DSD - DSDIFF/DSD (.dff, .dsf), FLAC (.flac, .fla), HEAAC v.1/v.2/level2, LPCM (.mka), Mokey’s Audio, Vorbis, WMA10 Pro, WMA9 Standard (.WMA)
    VIDEO FORMATS
    AVCHD Disc Format, HEVC, Motion JPEG (.mov, .avi), MPEG-1 Video/PS (.mpg, .MPEG, .mkv).VOB, .VRO, MPEG-2 Video/PS, TS (.mpg, .MPEG, .m2ts, .mts, .mkv).VOB, .VRO, MPEG-4/AVC (.mov, 3gp, .3g2, .3gpp, .3gpp2, .flv), MPEG-4 AVC (.mkv, .mp4, .m4v, .m2ts, .mts), VC1 (.m2ts, .mts, .mkv), VP6, VP8, VP9, WMV9 (.wmv, .asf, .mkv), Xvid (.avi, .mkv) )
    DOLBY
    Dolby Atmos® (bitstream out)/Dolby® True HD decoding (7.1ch)
    DTS
    DTS:X™ (bitstream out)/DTS decoding (7.1ch) )
    INPUT AND OUTPUT
    Coaxial Audio Output(s): 1 (Rear), Ethernet Connection(s): 1 (Rear), HDMI Output(s): 2 (Rear), USB Input(s): 1 (Front)
    OTHER FEATURES
    Wi-Fi built-in
    Screen mirroring (Miracast)
    3D Streaming, 4K streaming, Live streaming



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