Overall, it’s a good player, but its plastic chassis isn’t as sturdy as the Sony’s, and it doesn’t support 3D Blu-ray discs at all.
I’ve been reviewing TVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater equipment since 2008.
When we needed to test Dolby Vision, we used the Vizio P65-C1 that was our pick for best TV in 2016.
Each TV was calibrated to be as accurate as possible, so we could see exactly what the disc was outputting on the screen.
Those can cost almost as much as an actual 4K disc, but won’t look or sound as good.
Furthermore, downloading often isn’t an option, which means you’ll need a fast Internet connection to stream 4K HDR.
This means more fine detail, less compression, fewer artifacts, and a better looking image.
Most 4K Blu-rays also contain lossless Dolby Atmos or DTS: X soundtracks, providing better audio quality than any streaming service.
As a result, it looks sharper and crisper than the softer Sony UI, although it does feel blindingly bright in a dark room.
If you have a TV that can show off 4K resolution with true HDR and WCG support, 4K Blu-ray discs will outperform any video you’ve watched at home and look more dynamic and colorful than what you’ll see in almost any movie theater..
Amazon, Apple, Vudu, and some others do offer 4K HDR titles for streaming, but you have to rent or buy them at an additional cost (they’re not included in the monthly subscription price).
After researching every currently available 4K Blu-ray player, and spending more than 20 hours testing the features and performance of six contenders, we’re sure that the Sony UBP-X800 is the best for most people.
All the players we tested had indistinguishable 4K disc performance, but the Sony’s disc-loading speed, snappy menus, and superior 4K upscaling of DVDs and non-4K Blu-rays set it apart from the pack.