I got an UB200 for Christmas from my boys. I already had the UB900 and my wife and kids knew I wanted a UB200 for another room, so it was nice of them to pick one up from B&H Photo for me.
The 900 is hooked up to a Sony VPL-HW40ES 1080p projector displaying on a 120” screen in the theater and we also have an Xbox One S, PS4 & PS3(for game backwards compatibility) in the theater. I’ve always found that the 900 does a fantastic job with HDR to SDR and just plain 1080p BDs compared to the Xbox, PS3 & PS4.
Since the projector is 1080p and I’m not jumping into the 4K projector market yet, I really only care about how the UB200 does HDR to SDR for 4k BDs that only offer Atmos on the 4k release and for regular 1080p BDs. I’m happy to see that the UB200 looks (to my eyes) to handle HDR to SDR just as well as the UB900 does. Both the 200 & 900 have an HCX processor and I know that the 900 has the Edge Adaptive Chroma processing that the 200 doesn’t have, but to my eyes I can’t tell the difference between the 200 & 900.
A long time ago I bought the 1080p BD of Oblivion, and I recently bought the 4K version since it has Atmos and the 1080p version didn’t. I added the 200 to an input on my receiver and since the 4k Oblivion comes with a 1080p disc too, I was able to load up the 1080p version of Oblivion on two players at the same time. I queued the movies up to the same scene on both players and swapped back and forth with a click of my Harmony remotes button to see which player the 1080p version looked the best on. I went back and forth and did this with the 200, 900, Xbox One S, PS4 & PS3 (yup it took a while). The 200 and 900 looked the same and both looked better than the Xbox, PS3 & PS4. Both the 200 and 900 produced a really sharp and detailed image when compared to the Xbox, PS3 or PS4. I had never compared the 900 to my other players/game systems before and I was a bit surprised how much more detail was shown with the 200 and 900.
Even though I had the 900 for about 6 months, I had always used PS3 for 1080p BDs because I had been using the PS3 for years before I got the 900 and always just used the Xbox and PS4 for the boys gaming. Now that I’ve done this I’ll never use the PS3 for BDs again. Also now that I have the 200 I’m giving the 900 to my boys since they care more about streaming than I do, and there’s plenty streaming apps on the game systems in the theater, so the 200 is moving to the theater.
While I couldn’t swap back and forth viewing the same BD in 4K on the 200 & 900 at the same time (only have one 4K copy of each of my 4K movies) too me the 200’s 4k HDR to SDR looks just as good as the 900’s. The 200 throws a fantastic picture on 4K HDR to SDR and that slider does a great job of brightening the picture just like it does on the 900 and the 200 loads disc really fast too. For what the 200 cost I’m really surprised it looks as good as the 900 doing HDR to SDR. The picture is (once again to me) the same as the 900.
The only thing I wish they would change is that the 200 (just like the 900) when on the player’s menu screens (not the BD menu screens) will time out if there is no activity after about 30 mins. If you’re in an actual BD menu screen the player will never time out, it only times out in the player’s menu screens. Other than that the 200 is fantastic and the picture looks so good I won’t miss the 900 in the theater. So too me if you’re worried about losing picture quality by not going with the 900 I wouldn’t sweat it. Maybe a side by side comparison between the 200 & 900 on a split screen would show the 900’s Edge Adaptive Chroma processing cleaning up the edges, but I couldn’t tell any difference between the 200 & 900.