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House of Cards
We have ANOTHER serious contender for Tier Blu. I have only viewed the first three episodes of Season One, but I was in awe of the razor-sharp image, immaculate details, and depth that comes as close to 3D as you'll ever see on a 2D disc. To be honest, the first episode wasn't quite as dazzling; there were some instances of softness and the teal color-grading took away from the colors on display. But episodes two and three are simply stellar. (I just watched a scene where Kevin Spacey is speaking to a congregation in a church and I can't remember the last time I saw such amazing definition, with phenomenal depth, details, and colors.) If the rest of the series holds up to this standard (set forth in episodes 2 & 3) I will easily recommend this for, at the very least, the middle of Tier Blu. FWIW, reviewers have said the Blu-ray is MUCH BETTER than the PQ seen while streaming on Netflix.
In averaging out the first three episodes, I can, with a good conscience, recommend the following placement....
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.66)
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....
Sony XBR75X940D...Philips BDP 7501...Samsung BD-H5900...Toshiba HD-A30...Dish Hopper 3...Onkyo TX-NR717...Sony CDP-C725...Sennheiser HD 570...Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro...Harmony One Remote
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD
Last edited by djoberg; 06-29-2014 at 09:00 PM.
Reason: I mistakenly put down .33 instead of .66