With 4K TVs and UHD 4K Blu-ray players becoming more consumer-friendly, perhaps now is the time to consider your own setup; after all, 4K is the next step in picture quality. With the Sony UBP-X1000ES you\u2019ll get to experience what all the fuss is about. It has more to offer aside from 4K, making it a contender as the best 4K blu ray player.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Sony UBP-X1000ES\r\nFinally take advantage of those UHD Blu Ray discs you have laying around with this UHD 4K player, supporting HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for quality some of the highest quality yet.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Sony UBP-X1000ES UHD Blu-ray Disc Player did not hold back when it came to picture quality. Ultra HD 4K already looks impressive with the right setup, but with Dolby Vision added in? In other words: in addition to the added pixels for higher picture quality, HDR improved the quality of the darkest darks and brightest brights. It beat the Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Player by a mile.\r\n\r\nThen there\u2019s Dolby Atmos. Sound quality gets a major boost from surround sound. Even better, by hooking up a two channel system to provide sound in multiple directions, creating an immersive experience. On a side note, this Blu-ray player is very supportive of DVD audio formats, being able to playback AAC, WAV, DSD11.2 MHz and more.\r\nDesign\r\nAs impressive as the Sony UBP-X1000ES is, it\u2019s rather plain-looking. With a simple rectangular design and matte black finish, you wouldn\u2019t expect much out of it if you started a Blu-ray player review of your own. Don\u2019t let that fool you, however. Inside are more goodies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming, a feature the LG 3D Ultra High Definition 4K Blu-ray Player lacks. In the back is a single USB port, 1x Ethernet, 2x HDMI ports, 1x optical digital audio and one Coax digital audio port. That\u2019s pretty standard fare, to be honest\u2014but great nonetheless.\r\nValue\r\nThe Sony UBP X1000ES has a lot to offer compared to other high end Ultra HD Blu Ray players. When it comes to performance, quality and design, Sony really brings their A game. However, there are better options that shave a few fatty features, such as the UBP-X700 Sony Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Player. And at a third of the price, it\u2019s great on a budget if you still want a 4K TV as well. But let\u2019s say you still want the Sony UBP-X1000ES. In that case, you can save yourself some money by picking up a Sony UBP X800; it\u2019s identical to the X1000ES except for the lack of an optical digital audio output and front panel display.\r\nSony UBP-X1000ES Wrap Up\r\nThe Sony UBP-X1000ES, to put it plainly: it\u2019s a powerhouse. Fitted with all the right features like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, those two alone are excellent companions to have in addition to Ultra HD 4K. However, to take advantage of the whole package you\u2019ll need a 4K TV. Still, conventional TVs will still benefit from sharper images and audio quality.