Originally Posted by mark haflich
Thrang. I was thinking (something I rarely do anymore) that a ringing scalar who not show halo artifacts for your favorite sport (hockey) because the white halos wouldn't really be that apparent against the white ice and white boards.
This could be true, but I've seen that with poor scalers in hockey games with sweater lettering (player names) for example, which I don't see with the Sony scaler. Of course, one has to be careful with broadcast evaluations, as many channels have varying levels of compression and other artificial enhancements that mean you are starting off with a sucky image..there is a wide range of DirecTV quality with its Center Ice feeds for example...
I spent a good deal of time watching Lucy on Blu ray, switching back and forth between the Lumagen and Sony 4k scaler, watching several segments repeatedly, and that really firmed my opinion. It's an extremely well rendered disc, with a wide variety of scenes, the the Sony scaler always looked better to my eyes.
Now, perhaps the Sony is at fault, doing or not doing things with incoming 4k that are affecting this opinion, but I don't believe so - some of the best 4k I've seen are the precious few online sample files (ignoring compression artifacts) played in native 4k from my iMac Retina 5k or from a PC GT 770 series video card.
BTW, the candidate for the most awesome 4k sampler we might not ever see is "Slow Life" on Vimeo. Thought the description says it's available in 4k, that's only for licensing customers I beleive. Even the down res'd 1080p file you can view is pretty incredible.