Pioneer announces flagship 4K Blu-ray player

A high-end blu-ray player with high-end pricing

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Sep 24, 2018 at 6:32 PM


  • Pioneer has today announced its flagship UDP-LX800 4K player. Last month, Pioneer announced its first premium 4K Blu-ray player, the UDP-LX500 (£1000). But this new model is more than twice the price at £2200.
    What do you get for over £2000? Firstly the LX800 has been constructed like it was a tank. With a 4.6mm thick, double-layer steel and steel-sheet chassis this device weights 13.8kg. Additionally, the Blu-ray drive is housed in a rigid, anti-vibration paint-coated case.

    Pioneer has also built a rigid frame structure into the player. Each of the three ‘blocks’ separate the power supply, processing and analogue audio sections. Pioneer claims that this will reduce electromagnetic interference between the components.

    In another attempt to reduce noise leakage the LX800 has no ventilation holes in the top and side panels. Additionally, Pioneer has built in a spring-damped tray to isolate disc noise. They also claim to have been able to reduce digital noise on the main printed circuit board. The company says this takes full advantage of the high-speed signal transmission capability of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.



    The LX800, like the LX500, has twin HDMI outputs. There are presets for SDR and HDR content and Dolby Vision support. Pioneer's trademark PQLS (Precision Quartz Locking System) is also included. PQLS, is compatible with some Pioneer AV receivers, it uses HDMI-CEC to correct jitter in HDMI audio to improve sound quality.

    The analogue audio section of the LX800 comes from Pioneer’s flagship PD-70AE SACD/CD player. The LX800 utilizes the same circuit layout and a pair of 32-bit, 8-channel Parallel Drive ESS Sabre DACs. The player has two XLR outputs as well as one digital coaxial and one SPDIF optical output. The device also includes SACD playback. Another nice feature is the fact that the remote has a self-illumination function. But for £2200 you’d hope for a lot of nice features.

    The Blu-ray player can be pre-ordered now.

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