Sony Electronics recently revealed its new flagship Blu-ray player, the UBP-X1100ES. Sony claims this latest model will deliver an unprecedented home cinema experience. The X1100ES is available now with a retail price of $599.99.
What it has to offer…
The UBP-X1100ES is a 4K Blu-ray HDR universal and multimedia player and will handle virtually any optical disc format, including DVD Video and DVD Audio, CD and SA-CD, Blu-ray 3D and BD-ROM media. It also supports playback of the most popular USB video and audio file types, in addition to a host of High-Resolution Audio formats.
The UBP-X1100ES is precision-crafted and embodies the legendary build quality associated with Sony’s coveted ES brand. The player’s Frame and Beam (FB) chassis help to increase structural rigidity; while its honeycomb top plate, heat sync and offset insulator feet reduce the effects of airborne and mechanical vibration. Even the removable rack-mount ears further reduce vibration and electrical noise.
Viewers will enjoy top-notch picture quality while watching movies and TV shows and will be presented with very sharp and refined picture quality revealing the fine detail and clarity that 4K Ultra HD has to offer when this Blu-ray player is connected to a 4K TV.
4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing will greatly enhance your viewing experience by offering expanded contrast range, and peak picture brightness.
Additionally, the UBP-X1100ES HDR capabilities will let viewers experience a wider range of colors such as deeper darks and vibrant rich hues. The X1100ES is compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG HDR formats. This Blu-ray player’s support of the BT.2020 color spaces also means access to an ultra-wide color range, preserving the artist’s intent and delivering much more saturated and realistic color, from deep aquatic blues to natural greens and vibrant reds.
The player’s 4K HDR to SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) conversion improves contrast and color for optimized playback and viewing on non-HDR devices.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X will allow viewers to get the biggest impact out of every movie and soundtrack that is encoded with these formats. With Dolby Atmos 3D and DTS:X object-based surround sound, you’ll feel like you’re right inside the action. People, music and objects move around you with startling clarity in a precisely defined three-dimensional sound space.
The UBP-X1100ES also lets you enjoy all your favorite content in one place. You can now connect seamlessly to any device in your home theater and stream video or music from several compatible services. You can also play your favorite file types via built-in USB support. Furthermore, enjoy fast, stable streaming from popular online services including Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube. The UBP-X1100ES also supports playback of up to 4K video streaming, thanks to robust dual-band MIMO wireless technology for a strong signal – even at the edge of your Wi-Fi network’s range.
Support for High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio will take your listening experience beyond MP3 files and even CD quality – letting you hear every breath, every note and every drumbeat. The player’s 32-bit DAC is compatible with native DSD (at up to 11.2 MHz) and LPCM (at up to 192 kHz) Hi-Res music files in a range of different formats.
Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) HX upscales compressed-music files and CDs to “near high-resolution quality.”
This Wi-Fi-enabled player also supports playback of 24-bit high-resolution audio and DSD files up to 11.2 MHz, Dolby TrueHD and DTS 7.1-channel decoding and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X bitstream output.
The UBP-X1100ES supports Bluetooth audio transmission for private listening on wireless headphones while viewing your favorite TV programming.
Simultaneous HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity will enable you to send audio via HDMI to your TV or soundbar while transmitting it simultaneously to a wireless speaker or headphones over Bluetooth.
Stream and listen to music in every room anywhere throughout your home. Multi-room listening lets you group selected Sony soundbars and speakers together to enjoy music streaming in multiple rooms.
Optimized for custom installation – The UBP-X1100ES offers full Custom Installation (CI) compatibility for integration into today’s most sophisticated home cinema AV systems. The player is certified by leading home control and automation system vendors including Control4, Crestron and Savant. Virtually every connectivity option is offered, including IP Control over Cat5 cable or Wi-Fi networks; RS-232C two-way control and IR-IN. A web browser interface is offered along with support for ihiji, a cloud-based remote management solution.
The X1100ES’ intuitive user interface menu provides simple operation for access to apps and features that are organized simply and intelligently, so you can always find what you’re looking for. Plus Bravia Mode optimizes the player for the best settings when using a Sony Bravia display to ensure you’re always getting the best picture quality.
- 1 HDMI output for video (2.0)
- 1 HDMI output for audio (1.4)
- 1 Digital optical output
- 1 Coaxial digital output
- 1 pair of RCA analog outputs
- 1 Ethernet port
- 1 USB input (front panel)
- RS-232C port for automated control systems
- Full 4K video resolution for use with Ultra HD TVs and 4K projectors
- 4K video upscaling for standard Blu-ray and DVDs up to 60p
- Supports lower resolutions when used with non-4K TVs
- “Subtitle Shift” feature keeps text on the screen when watching in CinemaScope 2:35:1 with a projector
- Quick Start/Load mode swiftly queues up a disc from the “off” position
- Plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
- Dual-band Wi-Fi for smooth wireless streaming from video apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube
- Selectable video resolution up to 3840 x 2160 pixels
- Built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio. This player can pass Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks when HDMI output is set to “bitstream”
- Plays AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (.dff and .dfs files), FLAC, MP3, WMA and WAV audio file formats
- 2 HDMI outputs for separating audio and video signals: “Video” HDMI output is HDMI 2.0a (connected 4K TV and/or receiver must have an HDCP 2.2 compatible HDMI input and must have HDMI 2.0a to support HDR)
- “Audio” HDMI output does not pass video signals
Dimensions: 17″ W x 2-1/4″ H x 10-1/2″ D
Weight: 8 lbs.
Warranty: 3 years
A few words from Sony…
“We strive to provide our home viewer with content that matches the creator’s intent, and the latest addition to our Blu-ray player lineup reflects that mission,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics North America. “No matter what content is playing on the UBP-X1100ES, it’s equipped to provide a theater-level experience every time.”