Getting into 4K video

MadFloyd

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I have the Panasonic UB820 and love it. It replaced my previous Panasonic UHD player (forget the model) which is just gathering dust.
 

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Ack, don't be taken off by the low price of the Sony X800 universal 4K Blu-ray player.
Its picture quality rivals my Oppo 205 player.

But if you must have the very best picture quality, then go with the Panasonic 9000 4K player; it lists for four times the price of the Sony X800 universal player. There is a thread dedicated specifically to that player.

The Sony X800 is just that good, very. Around Christmas it should be on sale for roughly $150.
The only thing missing is Dolby Vision.

Oppo is no more, but Panasonic is (820 & 9000), and Pioneer LX500. ...And Sony X800.
Cambridge has one too, based on the Oppo 203.

Sorry, but it's impossible today to buy a 4K Blu-ray player that costs more than a thousand bucks.
There is simply no high end market for such video players. In Audio it's just the total
Oppo-site. C'est la vie; music lives, films they give us super high emotions in 4K for peanuts.
I wish I was a video product designer for the ultra high end market; I see great investment potential there. ...For the very ultra rich people...millionaires and billionaires.
So my problem with the Sony X800, which I have not discussed in detail yet, is that it has a bad reputation of locking up, even with the latest firmware updates. So I have been looking at the Panasonics...
 
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Ive been using the Sony X800 for over a year now. It feeds it's signal into a Sony XBR 940D. Such a beautiful picture with both.
 
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I looked up HDR and it looks like there is a highly recommended 4K TV (TCL 55S517 ROKU TV) which sells for $450, that I could replace my old 43" Westinghouse 720p TV in the bedroom. Prices seem to be on a downward spiral on 4K TV's. Not an OLED, and no 3D (I actually have only one 3D movie - Avatar) and I tried to watch a couple of channels two or three years ago that broadcast 3D. 3D was pretty disappointing and I haven't tried since. Probably will wait on the front projection replacement.

We really liked the first Planet Earth movie on bluray, and everyone says the Planet Earth II movie in 4K is spectacular. (We sat two seats from David Attenborough last May in a concert of Bach Cantatas in London. He was quite spry at 94 or so and talking to admirers who came up to him at intermission.)

We currently have Xfinity Cable and Amazon Prime. We don't watch much TV (I think about 10-20 hours so far in 2018), but some blurays and regular DVDs. How does the upscaling on 4K TV work with blurays? Your judgement of degree of improvement of watching a regular bluray on a 1080p TV, regular bluray on at 4K TV with HDR, and a 4K bluray on a 4K TV with HDR. Does the upscaled regular bluray/4K get you half way to a full 4K bluray/4K experience?

Thanks, Larry
Larry, that's a very good deal for that TCL 4K TV.

I never watch TV, for over twenty years now. Everything mainly on discs and to a much lesser extent from apps. Two Blu-ray discs I highly recommend and that I think you are going to really like are Baraka and Samsara. They are just regular 1080p Blu-ray discs, but were scanned @ 8K.
If you upscale those to 4K it's the very best moving experience you can get right now.
Regular Blu-rays upscale gorgeously well in 4K.
1. Nothing is best than real 4K material played on a 4K HDR TV.
2. Second best is 1080p material upscaled on a 4K HDR TV (you can upscale 480p DVD to 4K too).
3. Last is 1080p material played on a 1080p HDTV.
 

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I have the Panasonic UB820 and love it. It replaced my previous Panasonic UHD player (forget the model) which is just gathering dust.
That's the one to get I think; thanks Ian. Apparently there is a new -K version coming by end of February 2019, will wait for it, and it has "HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma" support, which is what we want. It looks like the "-K" adds HLG, which I think will be a great market success.
 
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So my problem with the Sony X800, which I have not discussed in detail yet, is that it has a bad reputation of locking up, even with the latest firmware updates. So I have been looking at the Panasonics...
I had mine for a year and only once I had to unplug the AC cord (few seconds), that's all.
Knock on wood, solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.

The Sony X800 has no worst reputation than the best of the best from any other brands, including Oppo and Panasonic. But you don't get Dolby Vision.
If you don't need Dolby Vision I cannot recommend any other 4K Universal player more.
When on sale ($150) it amazes me. Even for $200-250 it is still a high recommendation.
For $500, the Panasonic 820, but don't expect Bugatti build quality; for that go for the 9000 @ $999, the 820's higher end brother.

* @ one point last fall the Sony X800 was on clearance sale for $90 (brand new)!
I kid you not...Best Buy store.
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Larry loves concert music videos from DVDs and Blu-rays; those look their very best when upscaled to 4K from a UHD 4K HDR TV.
 

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How does the upscaling on 4K TV work with blurays? Your judgement of degree of improvement of watching a regular bluray on a 1080p TV, regular bluray on at 4K TV with HDR, and a 4K bluray on a 4K TV with HDR. Does the upscaled regular bluray/4K get you half way to a full 4K bluray/4K experience?

Thanks, Larry
So I am pretty sure 'upscaling' is really pixel interpolation in the video realm; audio is different, and it means different things. With video, it has been proven for some years now that it actually works up to a point, meaning, you won't get 4K-realism; you get better than 1080p, so it's somewhere between 2K and 4K. Halfway? Perhaps.

More than just 4K, HDR is really what makes 4K shine, and I think the HLG format more than any other, at least at the moment.

One of my concerns was potentially throwing money away, should HD picture quality actually drop. This is just not the case. I have been swapping between my Kuro and the new Sony and there is just no comparison. Moreover, I will clone a couple of blu-rays, then play them simultaneously on the two TVs: one blu-ray player will feed the 4K Sony, the other (yes I have two) the 2K plasma - for an easy A/B test.
 

KeithR

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One of my concerns was potentially throwing money away, should HD picture quality actually drop. This is just not the case. I have been swapping between my Kuro and the new Sony and there is just no comparison. Moreover, I will clone a couple of blu-rays, then play them simultaneously on the two TVs: one blu-ray player will feed the 4K Sony, the other (yes I have two) the 2K plasma - for an easy A/B test.
being able to completely turn on/off pixels has its advantage :)
 
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