You know? In Digital Trends we have been testing Blu-ray players for years, especially the latest 4K compatible models. For this reason, we can tell you what is the best Blu-ray 4K player according to our parameters: Sony UBP-X700, which adds the latest audio and video with a reasonable price. But we do not stay in this model, and we also give you other options to choose the one that best suits your preferences.
|Sony UBP-X700||The best|
|Sony UBP-X800M2||The best for audio lovers|
|LG-UP870||The best low cost|
|Microsoft Xbox One X||The funniest|
Why you should buy it: integrates all the essentials (Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, HDR10) and can meet any home theater need.
For who it is: Those who want to feel confident that their system does not fail with the highest quality 4K content available.
Sony's goal was to make the system as versatile as it could, and the UBP-X700 succeeds. With Dolby Vision and HDR10 in terms of video and Dolby Atmos complemented with DTS: X to obtain object-based surround sound capabilities, the UBP-X700 always propel the best possible fidelity.
In the tests, we found exceptional performance in all aspects, with the player offering surprising clarity and color. We also observe a huge expansion of the sound stage for UHD Blu-ray when compared to identical movies in formats of streaming, which is a testimony of the masterful audio processing of Sony.
It is remarkable that you can find all this in a single product, especially considering that the UBP-X700 is generally available for less than $ 200 dollars.
The best for audio lovers
Why you should buy it: It offers incredible images and sounds, including support for Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Vision + HDR10.
For who it is: those looking for high fidelity for both video and audio.
There were many things we liked about the original Sony UBP-X800, but the most notable was its use of Dolby Atmos and DTS: X along with the excellent Sony digital sound enhancement engine (DSEE HX), which allows it to offer a Cinematic level sound at home. Combined, these features offer unmatched audio.
The only problem was the lack of support from Dolby Vision, but Sony corrected that error in the new UBP-X800M2, making it a high-level option that should be in any serious home theater configuration. You pay for improved fidelity, but it's worth having the peace of mind knowing that your UHD Blu-ray collection will always look and sound in the best possible way.
With the DSEE HX support mentioned above, Sony UBP-X800M2 is the best option for those who like to listen to a lot of music through their home theater system. The Blu-ray player unpacks neatly compressed audio formats such as MP3 and FLAC, among others, to offer a high fidelity sound much better than others are capable.
The best low cost Ultra HD player
Why you should buy it: covers the needs of a 4K Blu-ray with a reasonable price.
For who it is: The home theater user with a limited budget.
The LG UP870 is not the most advanced in terms of features, but if all you are looking for is a competent 4K Blu-ray player, that is exactly what you get with this model. LG unfortunately does not opt for Dolby Vision, but the UP870 still has HDR10 to increase the vitality of the movies that support it.
Your surround sound perspectives premium they remain intact with integrated Dolby Atmos. The UP870 can also expand the DVD range, so even the oldest movies in your collection will look great in a 4K environment.
Microsoft Xbox One X
Why you should buy it: You want 4K games to go along with your movies.
For who it is: those who want a unique entertainment machine that does almost everything.
While there are two main 4K game consoles on the market, only one of them can boast of having 4K Blu-ray capabilities, and that is the Xbox One family. With it you can play video games with resolutions up to 4K with HDR10 for Get real colors, and then take some popcorn to relax and watch your favorite movies with amazing detail.
You might think that a video game console skimp on connections, but the One X has three USB 3.0 ports, 5GHz Wi-Fi, an ethernet port, S / PDIF ports and two HDMI ports, although the HDMI input port is simply an input for cable or satellite decoders.
Unlike most other Blu-ray players, the Xbox One X console never stops evolving. It has tons of applications of streaming in the Xbox Store, all updated regularly with the latest user experience and features.
Although we consider it perverse not to pair your beautiful 4K TV with a console that takes full advantage of it, you may also want to consider the Xbox One S. It only offers common 1080p games, but it has the same Blu-ray capabilities as the Xbox One X at a much more affordable price.
It will be irresponsible for us not to mention a couple of big pitfalls when it comes to the implementation of the Dolby Vision of the Xbox One. Microsoft launched the feature in 2018, but used a new version of Dolby Vision software that supports low-latency games .
The result? If you have an older TV, such as a LG OLED 2016 TV, it is not compatible with the Dolby Vision implementation specific to Xbox One games (even if the TV says it is compatible with Dolby Vision). The first models with support arrived in 2017, and that list was greatly expanded in the following years. Dolby keeps a list of all compatible TVs with this version of Dolby Vision, so check that yours is too before you buy it.
Ironically, there is no game that offers compatibility with Dolby Vision at the time of writing this article, so all the headaches have been in vain. You can enjoy Dolby Vision when streaming Netflix content, but for now, Blu-ray discs and games are limited to the still excellent HDR10.