Sony UBPX 700 or 800/M2?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Punman, Nov 21, 2022.

  1. Punman

    Punman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Calgary
    My Blu-ray player quit working; it also was used for playing my CDs. I am debating between the Sony 700 and 800/M2 model. My old player did not play SACDs. I want something that plays SACD (even though at the moment only have one SACD). I know both of these can handle SACD. I don't have any 4K Blu-ray disks at the moment but figure I might as well get that capability while I am at it.

    My speaker system is set up for 5.1 and the TV 4k.

    I see little difference between the 700 and 800/M2. With a Black Friday sale coming up, both are on sale but the 700 is cheaper by $70 Canadian (about $52 U.S.). I can afford to pay the little extra but do not really understand what I am benefitting by the 800 model.
     
  2. Audiowannabee

    Audiowannabee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Florida
    DVDA i believe
     
  3. shug4476

    shug4476 Nullius In Verba

    Location:
    London
    DVD-A and, I think, slightly better construction quality for the 800.
     
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  4. Definitely the UBP-X800M2 but I would be surprised if you see a Black Friday deal on it.

    UBP-X700 Specifications | Sony USA

    UBP-X800M2 Specifications | Sony USA

    Notice the weight difference for starters regarding build quality. I own the previous UBP-X800 but neither of the players currently available, the 800 has been rock solid. The UBP-X800M2 is a universal player, the UBP-X700 is not.
     
  5. Punman

    Punman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Calgary
    Is there much music out there on DVD Audio or is it scarcer than SACD?
     
  6. cdash99

    cdash99 Senior Member

    Location:
    Mass
    Plenty on the used market.

    Also note that both players require HDMI cables to play the hi res layers.
     
  7. Punman

    Punman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Calgary
    Appreciating the feedback so far. I am ordering the UBP-X800M2.
     
  8. Bruce_Wayne

    Bruce_Wayne Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Kingston, NY
    I’m thinking about picking up the UPB-X800M2 as well. Anyone using these with an I2S converter for SACD playback through an external dac? Seems like a great budget choice if it’s capable. I have a Topping E50 dac on the way and am looking for a cd player to pair with it but SACD capability would be a plus just to mess around with.
     
  9. ca1ore

    ca1ore Forum Resident

    Location:
    Stamford, CT, USA
    Plus the 800 is a full width component …. the 700 is not. I used the original 800 for many years before it finally became unresponsive. Bought the 800M2 to replace it.
     
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  10. greasepaint

    greasepaint Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lexington KY
    Have an 800 M2 and have really enjoyed it. Would like to have a back up in my hip pocket due to concerns about continued availability. Run it with a Yamaha AVR and it does play SACDs as well as DVD-As. It can be a bit "skittish" in that it occasionally needs to be reset by unplugging and powering back up. Fingers crossed that it doesn't turn into a brick, but it has been fairly reliable for a couple of years save for the above concern.
     
  11. ToLearn

    ToLearn New Member

    Location:
    UnitedStates
    I am running the digital output of my Sony X800 M2 to a DACMagic DAC. DAC goes to my NAD 326BEE input via RCA cables.

    So if I were to insert an SACD disc, no SACD/Hi Res this way? I would need an ampilifer with an HDMI input?
     
  12. cdash99

    cdash99 Senior Member

    Location:
    Mass
    Correct, as you can’t run DSD through an optical cable.
     
  13. Cherrycherry

    Cherrycherry Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maptown
    I ran a Sony UBP-x700 HDMI output to an HDMI add-embedded.
    Which output both DoP and I2S.
    I tried the I2S to external DAC, but it was a bit noisy.
    Some units are better than others.
    I must not have gotten a good unit for I2S.
    But, I am using DoP output and that has been great.
     

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