Originally Posted by aaronwt
I wonder if the X800M2 will launch at a lower price than the X800 did? Since they both seem to look the same from the outside. I wish this had come out last year.
Whatever price the X800M2 carries at launch, I would guess that the price will take a huge tumble by the time Black Friday rolls around. That happened with both the X800 and the X700 (although the discounting was steeper for the X800 the year before than with the X700 last month).
I had also hoped that the update had come last year (or better yet, came to the existing X800 units via firmware update). But, it looks like Sony's on a biannual update cycle for its UHD optical players, with the lower end X700 carrying over unchanged this year and getting its update next year. I was disappointed that Sony left the X800 to languish without adding DV support, while the feature was added to the supposedly lower end X700.
With the optical player market in decline, I guess it makes sense for Sony to iterate and carry over as much as they can from one model run to another, rather than redesigning the entire player every year. They introduced the lauded frame-and-beam design with the 4k upscaling BDP-BX1, and carried over that design approach to the 4k Blu-ray X800 and X1000ES. The X800M2 has a good market niche as a lower cost Oppo alternative.
But, I have to wonder if Sony wants to put out their own statement piece to match the high end models that Pioneer and Panasonic offer, since they still have not announced a replacement for the ES series X1000. With Oppo exiting the market, there is an opportunity right at that $600-$700 price point. With the X800's Mediatek SoC supposedly underpowered for DV support, I have to wonder which chipset they will use for the X800M2. Sony makes the two high end X1 video processors for their Bravia TVs. Why wouldn't they want to use that chipset for a higher end UHD optical player?