Announced at CES 2019, Sony's UBP-X800M2 is a refreshed version of the original X800 that supports Dolby Vision. X800M2 is now available for $300.
Sony's second-gen X800
X800M2 looks like X800 but just like the less expensive X700 it now has Dolby Vision onboard. It also supports the HDR10 and HLG HDR video formats. It does not support HDR10+.
In addition to conventional Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray discs, X800M2 spins CD, DVD, SACD, and DVD-Audio. It also has a couple of built-in apps such as Netflix and YouTube.
The good news is that Sony has added support for Dolby Vision. The bad news is, well, some of the first owners are saying that Dolby Vision is still a manual option, meaning that all video playback gets converted to Dolby Vision unless you remember to manually switch it on and off, depending on the disc.
Panasonic, LG, and others are also selling Dolby Vision-capable UHD Blu-ray players. Samsung is backing its own HDR10+ format but the Korean company has announced that it is leaving the disc market. Oppo has also abandoned the market. For now, Sony remains committed to stand-alone players but the company opted to exclude UHD Blu-ray from its PlayStation 4 consoles. It is not clear if PlayStation 5 will feature UHD Blu-ray capabilities.
Sony UBP-X800M2 is now available in the US for $300. It will also be available soon in Europe for 350 / £350.
Sony UBP-X800M2 - prices & dealers
UHD Blu-ray HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision Built-in apps Multi-disc support