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NEWS: Sony Launch New Budget UBP-X500 4K Blu-ray Player

fat jez

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Interesting price point. Only an extra £30 to get you the X700 with DV support.
 

craigae

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I guarantee you this will be cheaper than £200. The x700 was £139 on prime day, so there's plenty of headroom for profit to sell a more cheaply made product at that price.

I just wish there was a version of the x800 with DV and a non-fixed power lead.
 

Fred Smith

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Interesting price point. Only an extra £30 to get you the X700 with DV support.
The X700 has been available for less than £200 for ages, this will need to drop to £130 or less to sell and meet similar competitors specification models.
 

fat jez

Well-known Member
The X700 has been available for less than £200 for ages, this will need to drop to £130 or less to sell and meet similar competitors specification models.
I was going by the official prices on Sony's website. Obviously retail will vary :)
 

Fred Smith

Well-known Member
I was going by the official prices on Sony's website. Obviously retail will vary :)
Started out at £279, retail prices have very little relevance after launch unless it a brand like Oppo.
 

Coulson

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You can pick up the x700 for around 160 if you look but I suppose it could match up with the old ks8500 and other older 4k players.
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
I must say I've always liked these little units from Sony for bluray playback. Next time these come on offer I'll pick one up for the lounge - have the X800 for the cinema room and that is a really nice box for the money.
The x800 is a beautiful machine and I would have preferred to have the x800 with Dolby Vision.
But I was surprised in how much I like the x700 and the way it looks and I think that is to do with its small size. I also like not having to mess about trying to find the USB port.
 

fat jez

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I think you guys are missing my point. Regardless of the street price, Sony are pricing the inclusion of Dolby Vision at a £30 premium, based on their web site prices, since all else appears to be equal.
 

Coulson

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I think you guys are missing my point. Regardless of the street price, Sony are pricing the inclusion of Dolby Vision at a £30 premium, based on their web site prices, since all else appears to be equal.
I understood, but I don't see what the point of the box unless it gets priced more like 50 pounds less.
 

Fred Smith

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But that extra £30 also gives a second HDMI socket and the digital audio output. However as the X700 is actually currently cheaper by £3 to £13, £197 or less and has been upto £40 or even £60 cheaper it's no contest.

Compare that with LG's current models, a £100 premium for Dolby Video. UBK90 £249 vs UBK80 £149.

Give me the Sony X700 anyway, actually I purchased one and returned the previous model LG UP970 model which cost me over £300, saving me over £140 which purchased a Panasonic UB300 as a stop gap (which I am keeping also) and still gave me money back.
 

Coulson

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Just as a pure box ticking exercise I'd pay the extra. Seems a peculiar strategy from Sony.
Especially as the x700 is "relatively" inexpensive its just trying to fill a gap that doesn't seem to be there.
 

fat jez

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Especially as the x700 is "relatively" inexpensive its just trying to fill a gap that doesn't seem to be there.
Exactly! Why bother with the X500 when the X700 is only a little more and includes DV.
 

Coulson

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But that extra £30 also gives a second HDMI socket and the digital audio output.
Thank God for the second HDMI socket otherwise, no Dolby Vision for me.
 

Fred Smith

Well-known Member
Exactly! Why bother with the X500 when the X700 is only a little more and includes DV.
RRP yes, retail not currently.
 

jfinnie

Distinguished Member
But that extra £30 also gives a second HDMI socket and the digital audio output. However as the X700 is actually currently cheaper by £3 to £13, £197 or less and has been upto £40 or even £60 cheaper it's no contest.
It's a bit pointless comparing the SRP for a new product to the current sell price of an old product; that will sort itself out with the passage of time.
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
It's a bit pointless comparing the SRP for a new product to the current sell price of an old product; that will sort itself out with the passage of time.
True, but I think the point is that the price difference would have to be pretty substantial for there to be any point to it at all. Which I suppose is the point you were alluding to. ;)
 

FunkiestMonkey

Active Member
I find it highly frustrating that they keep choosing between SACD and Dolby Vision.

Having said that, my projector does not have Dolby Vision so...
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
I find it highly frustrating that they keep choosing between SACD and Dolby Vision.

Having said that, my projector does not have Dolby Vision so...
For the most part I just leave Dolby Vision on. I find the tone mapping for most films seems to be very similar anyway. Obviously this will vary from TV to TV and film to film.
 
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Coulson

Well-known Member
Have Sony added HDR 10+ to any of their players yet?
Nope. But then there isn't any HDR10+ content around either, no matter what Amazon says. My guess is that Sony being Sony, they will add this to a new generation of players rather than update their existing players. They will of course charge more for this new feature. Hopefully I am wrong.
 

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