At the CEDIA 2016 Sony press conference, the company introduced its first-ever Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UDP-X1000ES. Slated to ship in spring 2017 at a yet to be determined price, the new reference model is also the first new ES Blu-ray player from the company in five years.
The rear panel of the UDP-X1000ES.
This new machine is a universal player, meaning it handles a broad array of audio and video formats. In addition to Ultra HD Blu-ray, these include DVD video, DVD audio, CD, SA-CD, Blu-ray 3D, and BD-ROM media. It ca also stream video services using built-in apps.
On the audio side, the player has 32-bit processing DAC and is compatible with DSD (up to 11.2 MHz) and PCM (up to 192kHz) hi-res formats. Furthermore, thanks to the inclusion of a front panel display, it can be used as a music player without turning on a video display.
Sony is working with home control and automation companies like Control4, Crestron, Savant, and others to ensure the X1000ES is fully certified and functions properly with their systems. The UBP-X1000ES provides many connectivity options including IP Control and support for Wi-Fi networks; RS232C control and IR.