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CES 2018 News: Sony announce new UHD Blu-ray Player and Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver

Advantage Panasonic?

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 9, 2018 at 1:08 AM


  • Sony has announced a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player that it states supports 'both HDR formats' - HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
    That is kind of forgetting the emergence of HDR10+ however and puts the newly announced UBP-X700 at an immediate disadvantage when compared to Panasonic’s new DP-UB820 which supports HDR10 Plus and Dolby Vision, in addition to the mandatory HDR 10 compatibility.

    The new STR-DH790 7.2ch 4K HDR AV Receiver envelops you in sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support and offers a flexible 5.1.2 Channel configuration while allowing you to watch or listen to whatever you want, thanks to a broad range of content support for video and music files and streaming services

    The DH790 also has HDR10 and Dolby Vision Compatible features, says Sony, although that’s a pretty vague statement, in our view, so we’d like more details on that.
    The X700 has access to a number of 4K streaming services including Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube although HDR support is not yet defined. This 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player also supports a number of 'high-quality' video and music formats, including MP4, DSD, FLAC, and more.

    Both the X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player and the DH790 AV Receiver have slim, compact bodies that are designed with the average living room in mind. The DH790 makes it easy to figure out your speaker setup thanks to its Advanced D.C.A.C (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) automatic speaker setup system. With the use of a plug-in provided microphone, the Advanced D.C.A.C uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on the detected placement of speakers in relation to the acoustical properties of your room.

    The UBP-X700 model will be priced at approximately £270 and available from January 2018. The STR-DH790 model will be available from spring 2018 with price not yet mentioned.

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