Blu-ray player ₹89,000
4K Blu-ray player with Dolby Vision HDR
Dual HDMI outputs
USB and networked files playback
It's been a long time since we've seen a new 4K Blu-ray player. So, to have the Reavon UBR-X100 in for review, which is not only new but from an entirely new home cinema brand, is something of a double win. 'Excited' is putting it mildly.
The Reavon UBR-X100 is one of two launch products from the French home cinema company. Designed as a versatile disc player for DVDs, Blu-rays, 4K Blu-rays, 3D Blu-rays and CDs too, it also comes with the mod-cons of USB and network playback for any photos, videos or music files you might have on your NAS or thumb drive.
Perhaps what's most exciting is that the UBR-X100 sits at a price point that's all too underpopulated. More serious than a budget or mid-ranged machine and not quite as costly as the super-premium, we'd firmly class it at the 'affordable enthusiast' level. That means getting the most from the picture stored on your discs and damn near all of the sound too. The UBR-X100 is priced at 589,000 but if you want to add SACD and DSD support as well as analogue audio outputs, you'll need to go for the pricier Reavon UBR-X200 (1,89,000).
Physically, the Reavon UBR-X100 is very much a player of its class. Its 1.6mm-thick chassis is reinforced at the bottom by a 3mm rigid steel plate designed to minimise the mechanical vibrations of the optical spinner and keep playback as quiet as possible. Together that creates a good, solid 6.3kg mass that feels suitably weighty. There are playback buttons on the front face but, apart from eject and power, doubtless you'll be saving most of the finger tapping for the remote control. That remote is typically fully featured, with options for menus, audio tracks, subtitles etc. It's also backlit but you'll have to press 'light', hidden among the jumble of other similar-sized buttons, to activate it. It would be nice if it illuminated when it sensed movement instead.
There are two USB ports to use for local file playback. On the front, for easier access, is a USB 2.0; at the rear is a fancy USB 3.0, boasting faster transfer rates. Both ports support MKV, FLAC, AIFF, MP3, JPG, M4A, AIF, DSF, OGG and APE file formats.
Also on the rear are dual HDMI ports (main and audio only), optical and coaxial outs, and an ethernet port for networked playback, including DLNA support. There is no on-board wi-fi and no smart platform.
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