I tried some blu ray discs out on both the UBK90 and X700. I set the X700 bypass the scaler and just send a 1080p signal to the TV. After trying that out I had the Sony player upscale to see if I could see the difference. To be honest, I think bypassing the Sony's scaler may have made the image just a smidge sharper. And I really mean just a smidge. Same thing with using the Sony's scaler. It is almost impossible to tell and even where I think I notice it, it may be my eyes playing tricks on me, like some sort of placebo effect. I tried a couple of Pixar discs and looked at some episodes of Game of Thrones on blu ray. There's just not much there.
What really stuck out was that when I tried to update the Sony firmware, it went through the motions and then told me the update failed. I tried it again and the machine seemed to get stuck. When it finally decided to reboot, I checked the firmware version and it did indeed update to the latest one. Not sure why it told me it failed. Then, after testing a disc, I hit the stop button on the remote and the player did not seem to like that. My TV screen started flashing on and off and displaying noise. I had to switch to another input and shut the X700 off. On top of that the HDMI CEC function is a bit aggressive. I turn off the player and switch to another input on the TV, and suddenly the Sony turns on again and the TV switches inputs. Just very odd behavior. Come to think of it the Simplink function between the UBK90 and my C8 is also weird. Sometimes the LG player will power on by itself and the input will switch.
Bottom line, don't concern yourself too much with the upscaling. The initial softness I noticed was probably due the first random HDMI cable I tried. I think the Sony is definitely going back, though I will play around with it some more. The firmware upgrade problems and what it did to my screen just because I hit a stop button freaked me out. I have also seen various reports in the threads here and in online reviews that the x700 will lock up/freeze while playing discs after you've owned it for a while.
Honestly, I'm kind of disappointed in both. Great image quality on 4K discs but the firmware is buggy and often display weird behavior/lockups. Just because we opt for a budget player doesn't mean we should be beta testing these. But as of now, the LG seems like the least offensive option.
I really wish I could find an affordable Oppo 203.
Last edited by Rogue74; 07-07-2018 at 09:25 PM.