Pioneer intros second, ’˜flagship’ 4K Blu-ray player

Pioneer has introduced the follow up to its recently unveiled UDP-LX500 Blu-ray player: the UDP-LX800.

Pioneer has announced its flagship UDP-LX800 4K player, following on from the launch of its first 4K Blu-ray player in August.

It is priced at more than double the cost of the UDP-LX500 (£2200 in the UK/European pricing TBA) – for which, owners get a player made from 4.6mm thick, double-layer steel and featuring new frame structure inside the player containing three ‘blocks’ that separate supply, processing and analogue audio sections and reduce electromagnetic interference. It weighs 13.8kg in total (versus 10.3kg for the LX500).

Pioneer says it has reduced digital noise on the main printed circuit board, and the UDP-LX800 removes ventilation holes in the top and side panels to limit noise leakage from the transport mechanism, as well as incorporating a spring-damped tray to isolate the disc.

The UDP-LX800 features two HDMI outputs, presets for SDR/HDR content, Dolby Vision support and compatibility with Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Locking System) like its sister model. SACD playback is supported too.

Pioneer’s flagship UDP-LX800 player will be available from October 2018 onwards.

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