Originally Posted by djoberg
So, where have you been for the last 6 years?!
It is good to hear from you and that you're getting back into watching Blu-rays. As you implied, a LOT has happened since you were posting on this thread, especially with UHD/HDR Blu-rays hitting the market. I can totally relate you you missing your Panny plasma, for as you can see I know longer have my Pioneer plasma (my oldest daughter and her family have it). I too was spoiled by the Kuro's Black Levels, but it's amazing how far LCD technology has come. My Sony 940D has amazing blacks, with the exception of "light bleeding" into the black bars in some scenes when watching letter-boxed movies.
I remember you had some real trials with a child being sick "back in the day." How is he/she doing? (Feel free to correct me on this if memory isn't serving me well.)
Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to hear from you and I hope we hear more from you.
PS I haven't seen Baby Driver
so I can't comment on that. It doesn't sound like one I want to invest in either and I can't rent the UHD version, but someday I may rent the 1080p release.
Life got a little crazy, and I honestly craft a bit too much to do proper PQ ratings, so I fell off the planet so to speak! But I'm getting better at not looking while I craft these days so once I figure out the settings on our new set, maybe I'll toss my hat into the rankings ring again, once I get a feel for how things are!!
I haven't fully retired my Panny, for the moment i am having trouble parting with it, but the blue... gas... thing that's going on with it just was becoming unbearable. We would like to upgrade to a better set when we can afford to, but for now we settled for a mid/low range Samsung UN58MU6100. It just arrived late last week, and then yesterday we decided to splurge on an xbox one s, so we can play the UHD's that my partner has been getting. Thanks to the PQ list I really want to get a copy of Planet Earth II. I'm not sure if the set up would be Rankings-worthy but I like to think y'all appreciated my POV on some things at times!
As for where i've been, my older son is the sick child you're remembering (I have 3 total, my daughter is the oldest at 14, my older son is 12 and my younger son is 4). He's highly special needs and has lots of medical issues, but he's a strong little guy in spite of his issues. Got divorced a couple of years ago, but importantly I got to keep the house, the kids, and the tech. LOL. Younger son is finally in school, so things are calming. I've actually popped back in to the thread a few times through the years, but didn't want to bug ya'll.
I'd like to get some proper calibration equipment in the near future to help set up the TV but after the initial HOW DO I TURN THAT OFF??? freak out of the crazy Soap Opera Effect thing that for some reason comes on tv's these days, so far I'm pretty happy with the TV we picked for our "in between the Panny and before we can afford Something Kickass" set.
I will mourn the black levels forever, though... oh my. I know it was not a Kuro but it was still pretty damn good. I suppose I should be thankful it lasted almost 9 full years. It's been moved for now to my bedroom dresser... now THAT is a bit insane, LOL!!
Keep up the good work, and I hope that this time I won't fall off the grid for as long.
We started to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 on UHD for our first viewing on the xbox one s last night and wow... I'm worried that my "wow" factor, though, could be because my Panny's been failing for at least a year and I've gotten used to such a bad PQ that maybe even mediocre will impress me for the moment. I suppose I could cleanse my palate with some low tier content, though....