Home Theater & Entertainment DVDs, DVRs & Videos The Sony UHP-H1 Blu-ray Disc Player: Product Profile By Robert Silva Writer Robert Silva has written about audio, video, and home theater topics since 1998. Robert has written for Dishinfo.com, and made appearances on the YouTube series Home Theater Geeks. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Robert Silva Updated March 06, 2020 Sony Electronics DVDs, DVRs & Videos TV & Displays Audio DVDs, DVRs & Videos Tweet Share Email Blu-ray Disc has entered its next stage of evolution with the introduction of the Ultra HD Blu-ray format, which provides consumers the option of accessing native 4K content in a disc format for the first time. There are several players available that are compatible with this format from Panasonic, Samsung, and Philips, and content support is provided, several movie studios, including Sony Pictures, which makes Sony's UHP-H1 Blu-ray Disc player, somewhat of out of place. How the Sony UHP-H1 Fits Into the Blu-ray Landscape While several of Sony's competitors are offering up Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players, and Sony pictures are providing movies that support the new format, those movies won't be playable on Sony's UHP-H1 Blu-ray Disc player because it is still a standard Blu-ray Disc player. Granted, Sony does offer its X800 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, but with the UHP-H1 is offering a similarly-priced standard Blu-ray Disc player that pushes the limits of both standard Blu-ray video, as well as providing some additional audio enhancements you don't normally find on a Blu-ray or Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player. On the video side, the UHP-H1 is definitely designed to provide enhanced 4K/60p video upscaling (keep in mind that upscaling is not the same as native) capability for current Blu-ray Disc and other video content it has access to. However, Sony is also incorporating the ability to playback hi-res audio-only sources as well, providing more flexibility as a serious audio playback device for not just CDs, but SACD, and hi-res digital audio files. Video Resolution Output 1080p/60, 1080p/24 or 4K/60 (via upscaling) resolution output, and 3D Blu-ray playback. Disc Format Compatibility Blu-ray Disc (both 2D and 3D), DVD, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio Disc format. Having both SACD and DVD-Audio playback is very rare on Blu-ray Disc players. Video and Audio Outputs Two HDMI (one audio/video, and the other audio only). This is very practical if you have a 3D and/or 4K TV, but your home theater receiver is not 3D and/or 4K compatible. No component video outputs are provided. This means that if you have one of the early generations of HDTVs that provided HD component video inputs, but not HDMI inputs, you will not be able to connect the UHP-H1 directly to your TV. For more details, refer to the article: AV Connections That Are Disappearing. In addition, no S-video, or composite video outputs are provided (which makes sense these days since those output options cannot pass high definition resolution signals). Audio Outputs Besides audio output via HDMI, additional audio output options included: Digital Optical, Digital Coaxial, and a set of two-channel analog stereo outputs. However, even though the UHP-H1 is promoted as having higher-end audio features, it does not provide a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs. USB One USB port is provided for access to digital photo, video, music content via flash drives or other compatible USB storage devices. Built-in Audio Decoding Bitstream output for Dolby Digital/TrueHD and DTS Digital/-HD Master Audio audio codecs. Two and Multichannel PCM output via HDMI or two-channel PCM via Digital optical/coaxial/analog stereo outputs. Also, in conjunction with bitstream and built-in audio decoding, the UHP-H1 also provides internal DTS Neo:6 audio processing. Hi-Res Audio The UHP-H1 is also compatible with the following two-channel Hi-Res audio formats that may be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD, USB, or DLNA sources: FLAC, DSD, DSF, ALAC, AIFF In addition to hi-res digital audio formats, the UHP-H1 is also compatible with MP3, AAC, and HEAAC v.1/v.2/level 2. Network Connections Ethernet and WiFi Ethernet/Wifi connection options provide direct access to online audio and video content sources, including Amazon Video, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, and more, as well as content stored on compatible local network devices, such as PCs or media servers. Additional Audio Features Miracast - Allows direct wireless sharing (mirroring) of audio and video content between a compatible smartphone or tablet that can be viewed on a TV screen, or heard in a home theater or stereo audio system. Bluetooth - Allows direct streaming of compatible audio files between most smartphones and tablets to the player, which can be passed through to a connected audio system. LDAC - Provides the ability for the UHP-H1 to stream audio to LDAC-compatible headphones or powered speakers. Control SongPal - An App made available by Sony that allows the UHP-H1 to be integrated with Sony's multi-room wireless audio products. A Wireless Infrared Remote Control and full-color high definition onscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) is also provided for easy setup and function access. The Bottom Line The Sony UHP-H1 is a solid Blu-ray Disc player that offers a lot of flexibility on the audio side, but by not incorporating Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc playback capability, makes it hard-sell for those that desire that capability to go along with the latest generation of Ultra HD TVs, especially at an equivalent price point of most Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players. In the case of the UHP-H1, consumers have to decide what is more important, to make the jump to 4K Ultra HD, or settle for compatibility with standard Blu-ray and more flexibility for two-channel music listening options.