The incredible happened in the Blu-ray player segment. A new manufacturer REAVON appeared and immediately introduced the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players REAVON UBR-X100 and UBR-X200. These (4K Blu Ray Players) standalone devices have good “paper” characteristics. In many ways inherited from the already discontinued legendary Oppo players or flagship current models from Panasonic and Sony. Also, the new REAVON products may be of interest to film and music lovers who are not satisfied with the limited functionality of the players in the PS5 and Xbox Series X game consoles.
The new REAVON brand belongs to the Archisoft group of companies. In fact, is a relative of the well-known French manufacturer of media players Zappiti.
Features and Functions of 4K Blu Ray Player Ultra HD REAVON UBR-X100 and UBR-X200
The design of REAVON 4K Blu-ray players is made in a dark metal classic with dimensions for installation in a rack, reminiscent of the Oppo UDP-203 player and a bit of the Pioneer LX500 / 800. There are also many “old friends” in the stuffing – according to rumors, the MediaTek MT8551 SoC is used. But the manufacturer assures that these are not clones of popular products and the devices were developed from scratch.
Of the general interfaces, we note the USB on the front panel. As well as the classic set on the back. An Ethernet network connection, two HDMI 2.0 outputs (one for audio/video and one for audio only), a USB 3.0 port, digital coaxial, and optical SPDIF audio outputs.
The REAVON UBR-X100 and UBR-X200 are based on a versatile disc player that plays 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, regular Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray discs. As well as DVD (including DVD Audio), SACD and CD. Supports 4K UHD up to 60fps, True Cinema 24p, REC.2020 extended color space, 36-bit Deep Color, and xvColour. So far, only support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision has been announced. But there is no information on HLG or HDR10 +. Both models understand all popular audio formats from Dolby and DTS, including immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS X.
Menu Interface of 4K Blu Ray Player Ultra HD REAVON UBR-X100 and UBR-X200
The player’s menu interface looks minimalistic and also resembles the Pioneer and Oppo models. The manufacturer reports support for the SMB protocol, compatibility with DSD / SACD and MKV files (even with 4K HDR). In addition, video and audio files are played in FLAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, WMA, WAVE, MP3, OGG, JPG, TIFF, and M2TS. An SDR / HDR conversion mode is provided to provide increased contrast and improved colors for “old” video. It has everything you need to control brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, sharpness, and noise reduction. Additional information about the disc being played may be displayed, including the MaxFALL and MaxCLL options for some HDR content.
What is the Difference Between UBR-X100 and UBR-X200
A scheme for positioning new products as a bundle from the base model and a heaped one with an emphasis on audiophiles was applied. Similarly, duplicate models from Oppo were sold or actual lines of media players from Dune HD and Zidoo were implemented. According to preliminary information, the older REAVON UBR-X200 player uses a Burr-Brown Audio PCM1690 DAC from Texas Instruments (as opposed to Oppo’s ESS). A toroidal transformer (less distortion, provides a cleaner and more accurate sound), and custom capacitors for audiophiles.
The UBR-X200 interface panel has been significantly supplemented. Where, in addition to the entire UBR-X100 kit, there is an additional RS232C port and a dedicated section for analog 7.1 / 5.1 surround sound and stereo sound (unbalanced RCA, balanced XLR).
Prices and availability
For now, both UHD Blu-ray player models are expected to go on sale at the end of April 2021. The recommended price tag of the devices corresponds to the premium segment: 799 euros for the Reavon UBR-X100 and 1599 euros for the UBR-X200. Some installers and online stores in France and Germany are already accepting pre-orders.