Recently, Pioneer introduced the UDP-LX500 the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player of the brand. This high-end model is mainly characterized by optimal video playback. However, there is still a premium model the Premium Pioneer UDP-LX800. The first specifications and prices of this player have since surfaced.
Now that Oppo has disappeared from the market for Ultra HD Blu-ray players, Pioneer is only too happy to fill that gap. The Japanese manufacturer even maintains the same strategy; a premium player designed for optimal video playback and a premium player that is optimally equipped for both audio and video. The UDP-LX500 we know by now, the UDP-LX800 is coming.
The Pioneer UDP-LX800 has a chassis that is divided into three blocks, with the laser placed in the middle for the best balance. The player is universal, which means that almost all discs can be played. In addition, the device comes with two HDMI outputs (one for audio) and support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Compared to the LX500, the LX800 has 7.1-channel analog outputs and the possibility to use the player as USB DAC. For this, a double Saber ES9026PRO DAC seems to be integrated. Furthermore, the player has support for the most important audio and video formats that can be played via the network and USB, including FLAC, DSD, AIFF MP4 and ALAC. Streaming services like Netflix and YouTube will not be present, just like on the LX500.
The UDP-LX800 has now appeared on the website at the first German stores for a price of more than 2,000 euros. Pioneer himself has not yet officially announced the player.