Sony Dolby Vision-Ready UBP-X700 is Insanely Versitle
In a world of smart speakers, digital assistants, and TVs with baked in operating systems, the lowly Blu-Ray player is becoming less and less useful. There probably should have been a wave of Blu-Ray players heralded as "smart-players" or some other clever name but the aforementioned technology put a premature end to that.
Either way, Sony hasn't given up on that dream, releasing a new UHD Blu-Ray player that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision via a firmware update later this summer. With 4K streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video built-in the Blu-Ray player has a lot of capabilities on deck. To complement the UBP-X700, Sony is extending its already well-established home theater selection with the new STR-DH790 7.2ch 4K HDR AV Receiver. The Sony STR-DH790 completely envelops the audience in sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support.
Both the UBP-X700 Player and the STR-DH790 AV Receiver have a thinner and more compact body that will fit seamlessly into any home. Designed with the average living room in mind, the STR-DH790 makes it easy to configure the speaker setup thanks to its Advanced D.C.A.C (Digital Cinema Auto Calibration) automatic speaker setup system. With the use of a plug-in provided microphone, the Advanced D.C.A.C uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on the detected placement of speakers in relation to the acoustical properties of the room.
Also announced is the Sony STR-DH590 5.2ch 4K HDR AV Receiver compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats and the STR-DH190 2ch Receiver with a low-profile design and volume offset. The STR-DH190 has Bluetooth standby capabilities, phono inputs and four analog audio inputs.
The Sony STR-DH790 7.2ch 4K HDR AV Receiver, STR-DH590 5.2ch 4K HDR AV Receiver, and STR-DH190 2ch Receiver will be available in Spring 2018.