4K Ultra HD Media Player
Recommended with your Sony 4K TV Purchase
Overall I am happy with my FMP-X1. After getting my TV upgraded everything has been working well. The only knock I can give the player currently is the response of the controls through the TV, I would guess this could get fixed at some point down the road with firmware updates. I would recommend getting this with your Sony 4K TV, it's worth the price to be able to see what the TV is capable of displaying, plus it's $200 off at the time of this review if you purchase a 55/65" 4K TV. The movies are just a fraction better than the Blu-Ray versions but the short films are breathtaking. I can't wait for the Video Unlimited 4k service to come online.
July 30, 2013
Content Quality is amazing but....
...just not enough in 4K yet. The server itself however works great. Hard to review the device itself because really it's the Video Unlimited interface you are dealing with
December 6, 2013
the short films that come with it are amazing but only if that quality was with everything else that's on it. Seems awfully convenient for sony to advertise and show a tv and only show those clips on it. Was told in store thatt my tv (XBR55X850A) has a refresh rate of 240hz when on hhgregg and bestbuys sites is show it having 120hz, also pretty convenient that the refresh rate wasn't advertised next to the tv with everything else about it, and then found on amazon that it has 960hz? Then the salesman informed me that the media player was wireless which was ideal since how my router isn't even on the same level on my house as the tv is, found out after purchasing it that it is NOT wireless. More frustration came with the sale that I was told the delivery people would set everything up, they went as far as placing it on the front porch and after I signed saying I received it the delivery truck was good as gone. Videos on the media player I was told were the same quality because they cant be on there unless they were filmed in actual 4K, SURE, theres videos on it including "taxi driver" that was filmed in 1976 and looks horrible for having to carry my $4,500 55' tv downstairs to connect to my router with a wire. The video unlimited section is great and everything is labeled with 4k but still not that great quality picture that the short films are that are playing in the store and all movies pretty much are $37 -_-
December 1, 2013
A glimpse of a great service to come!
This new 4K media server offers a glimpse of the incredible picture that your new 4K TV can produce and gets you ready to download the new 4K content as soon as it becomes available. This is what makes the purchase worthwhile. (The only other very limited 4K content I have found available is on YouTube.) This media server ships with quite a few short 4K videos, originated in 4K, that are truly spectacular and make me eager for more 4K originated content ASAP!! However, we also tried one full-length Hollywood movie, and it appeared merely upscaled to 4K resolution, unfortunately not nearly as clear and awesome as the short videos that are originated in 4K. For me, the promise of this media server and this new service is entirely in new originated 4K content, not in upconverted material.
The media server is plug-n-play and works perfectly out of the box, with one exception that lowers my rating to 4 stars from 5. I am having a compatibility issue from the HDMI2 audio port to a third-party sound bar, and I believe I have isolated the problem to the media server. I have contacted support and fully expect the problem to be resolved to my satisfaction, perhaps with a firmware upgrade if it turns out that I am correct. When that is fixed I will post an update and raise my rating to a full 5 stars.
December 1, 2013