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So I watched two films tonight - Sicario Blu-ray and Ultraflix 4K's Nobody's Fool (Paul Newman from 1994 - no 2K DI and likely scanned in 4K by Ultraflix - you can read about their 4K scan and restoration process elsewhere - unfortunately their catalog online doesn't tell me which films they've scanned themselves).
Sicario looked good but not entirely natural even with RC turned off - if I walked up to the screen I could clearly see posterization on freeze frames of faces. Then again, 1080P content on the Sony has never looked natural to my eyes.
But the highly compressed 4K stream of Nobody's Fool looked - FANTASTIC. It's hard to imagine a projected image getting better except for some weakness in facial detail. But the rest of the picture was like looking at film - natural colors, motion and just ridiculously sharp. I'm not sure what the stream bit rate was - I've heard it can vary. I'm hard wired with an ethernet cable into the Roku and I have 50 Mbps service on Verizon - but no way to see on the Roku what the bit rate is. FWIW I was watching at 1 am when traffic would be low.
The clarity of this Ultraflix 4K image was, as the cliche goes, like looking through a window.
So, Seegs - if there's posterization going on in a 4K source - I can't see it from my seating distance which is less than 1.5X screen width on a 2.35:1 screen.
I will say 1080P content doesn't look as good to my eyes as the native 1080P DLP projectors from Samsung and Marantz. Is it the posterization issue? Is it some other processing Sony is doing that is messing things up? I dunno.
Maybe I should get a Lumagen and scale Blu-rays to 4K on it before passing them off to the Sony.
Or maybe I should buy a Super Lumis to view 1080P Blu-ray, heh heh.
But honestly if services like Ultraflix are going to amass huge catalogs of old film titles to scan and re-master in 4K I will be a happy camper with the Sony for another decade if the contrast doesn't worsen from where it is now at 2,000 hours.
"Don't forget that a significant contribution made by the use of high-end cabling is emotional. Knowing that you have the best available causes the listening and viewing to be that much more enjoyable. Observable improvements make it even better."
-From a post on the audio video improvements forum
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