X500 - 4K Credentials
I've been using my X500 with 4K content so hopefully I can pass on some useful info about this.
I have the X500 and running the Nuvola NP-1 player (HDMI 1.4). Nuvola own Ultraflix which uses an android ap to rent 4K films and videos. They have a limited catalogue of Hollywood films, such titles as Interstellar, GI Joe, Rain Man and Robocop. They also have lots of videos such as IMAX produced films and documentaries.
Having watched their Interstellar in 4K all I can is WOW! The picture is truely amazing on the X500. It's a definite step up from Bluray 1080p. But without seeing it on a true 4K projector it's hard to compare how the X500 eshift performs. I'd compare the difference in picture as watching 1080 vs 720, rather than a bigger jump of 1080 vs DVD. Here's the problem with 4K internet vs Disc; Ultraflix max data transfer is at 18Mbs. (I have super fast fibre Internet) When compared to a Bluray which will run at 54mbs there is so much quality streaming over the Internet will lose vs disc, which is why when 4K-Discs (4k Bluray etc) comes out, that will be the real game changer. I have played some 4K film trailers through the NP-1 on a USB stick, downloaded from Internet; they have been at 30-40mbs and look spectacular. Also to mention is that the NP-1 can display photos on a memory stick using the android app, all in stunning 4K.
The other problem with the NP-1/Ultraflix is the sound. I believe the android app can't process 5.1, so you really lose out on the sound experience. forget 5.1, True HD and Atmos. My setup is Atmos compatible too and therefore the only Atmos I can use is a handful of Bluray movies (Atmos is amazing might I say).
The obvious limitation is the lack of 4K content. Ultraflix really lacks a library of Hollywood films, they seem to add a new blockbuster every month. So it just doesn't make sense to go all out buying an expensive full 4K projector just yet; what do you expect to watch in 4K on it?
Which leads me onto the X500's lack of h.265 and HDMI 2 support. YouTube 4K, Netflix and Amazon 4k streaming services are all h.265 coded which means the x500 can't process it, not forgetting that there is no box which can actually stream these services to the x500 anyway. Not that these have huge 4K/UHD libraries too. Only the Nuvola NP-1 is currently compatible with the X500, and none of the Amazon/Netflix 4K apps are available on it.
I see that Nvidia have their Nvidia SHIELD Android 4K TV box to be imminently released, which hopefully might be h.264 compatible for us X500 owners, and have better library than Ultralfix hopefully. It will bring 4K gaming too, so that might be a very interesting development and big gain over playstaion/Xbox.
Ultimately I can see myself continuing to watch 1080p Bluray films as the mainstay of my film watching, and the X500 does an amazing job with the up scaling eshift and produces a fabulous image. I will enjoy the new Dolby Atmos blurays too.
The 4K which can be watched on my NP-1 is more of a gimmick and a way to show off the 4K than a full library of films to watch on a continual basis.