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.
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.