I know this new Sony audio and video player has been talked about in other threads but I thought we might give it its own thread now it’s hitting the stores. It’s just become available in the UK (at Sevenoaks Sound & Vision) for £399 so it’s a relatively inexpensive way of picking up a machine that will play almost anything circular except a cookie, or biscuit as we say in the UK. I already have a very fine Sony SACD player, the SCD-XA5400ES. But these days I only really use it as a transport because I take the digital stereo SACD feed out of the HDMI output and rip it to the music library on my PC via an HDMI de-embedder. So it’s a bit of a waste of space having this large machine just to act as a transport – and I have no way at all of playing any Blu-ray or DVD-A discs. My idea is to pick up the Sony UHP-H1 to use it as an all-in-one transport for all kinds of discs. The icing on the cake is that I can also hook up one of its HDMI outputs to the TV so anyone else in the household can use it for video playing or streaming. Here is the manual for the UHP-H1 so you can see what it does. Note that there seem to be two manuals available, one a shortened version of the other, so you need this long one to see the full spec: Full Sony UHP-H1 operating instructions - UK version It seems to play everything at high resolution but it doesn’t say in the spec whether the SACD LPCM output is 88.2 kHz or 176.4 kHz. I don’t think I care much either way but I’ve sent off a question to Sony anyway. I might even go out and buy one tomorrow so I’ll be able to answer some questions, though it could be a few days before I have time to install it. Anyone else planning to get one of these?