I test drove this SONY UHP-H1 Blu-ray player today at the Best-Buy Magnolia store. It up converted the 1080p movie "Enders Game" up to near 4k and sent it to a JVC DLA X550R 4k "E Shift" projector, projecting onto a 92 inch white screen. The two scenes I focused on were the team contest in the circle dome and the end battle scene. The SONY player did a great job upconverting the 1080P signal and the JVC picture was stunning. Excellent fine detail, color and the JVC BLACKS were magnificent. The audio was also exceptional; great channel separation, detailed surround sound. I then took the exact same movie and had them play the same scenes through an OPPO 105D in their second theater. The signal was sent to a genuine 4K SONY VPL-VW665ES and thrown onto a 120 inch gray screen.
Having owned two SONY 11080P projectors, I am a SONY guy, however in all honesty I liked the image the JVC ersatz 4K projector threw using this new SONY Blu-ray player, better than the genuine SONY 4K projector via the OPPO 105D. Unexpectedly the colors were more vibrant, the blacks were MUCH deeper and richer on the JVC over the SONY pj. The only difference I could see in the SONY PJ image that was better than the JVC was some fine detail: the pores on Harrison Ford's face and the tattoo on Ben Kingsley's face, which the salesmen and I attributed to the Darbee processor. In every other instance the JVC picture, using this new SONY Blu-ray player was better. If you added a Darbee Darbee to the SONY - JVC pj combination I believe the JVC'S picture would rival or surpass that of the SONY pj in every regard and it pains me to admit this
Like I said, I'm a SONY pj guy, but the JVC, SONY UHP-H1 combination floored me as to how good it looked and sounded. By the way, I also have an older OPPO DVD player in my system that I use for audio CD'S.
The SONY UHP-H1 also felt solid and substantial as opposed to the cheap feeling, dreck Blu-ray players SONY has released over the last few years.
I own a SONY BDP 590S that has been incredibly reliable and served me very well up to this present time. Would I consider this new SONY Blu-ray payer as a replacement? Possibly, but as others have mentioned it isn't a UHD 4K player, and the price point is high. That said, if your in the market for a 4K upconverting 1080P Blu-ray player to tide you over until OPPO, SONY or ? comes up with a genuine 4K backwards compatible UHD disk player, this SONY player is a decent fiscal alternative to an OPPO 103D or 105D. However, like some have already mentioned, there is no way I would buy either OPPO 1080P player at the point because EVERYTHING is moving to 4K UHD and above. And while OPPO does hold its resale value better than other brands, once reliable new 4K UHD players hit the market, all 1080P players are going to plummet in resale value. So this SONY player may be the way to go for those in the market.
I hope this review, and my observations prove helpful.