Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
I will probably give a more lengthy update at some point, but I just want to say how it all went.
First, instead of Fri, Sat, It ended up being Sat and Sun. So Craig got to my house early Sat. First order of business was breaking down my system. This took some time. We moved all my gear into another room. The we (Craig that is), put together the stand. First we did the TV stand. It was really not a good stand. When we put the TV on it, it wasn't even close to being level. I mean, it was really slanted. So Craig had to rig up some stuff to make it level. I could not believe what we had to do. Then Craig built the long table. That was time consuming but it looked like it was a bit easier, but there was still a struggle.
Then once that stuff was done Craig started to put the equipment back on the stand. Man it just fit. It's a good thing I got the 80" model. Craig and I figured out the best place for everything and then he started to place stuff on the Stand. We got everything on the stand and mostly connected. If Craig sees this, I will let him explain how much of a pain in the ass connecting the TV was. That was Sat. On Sun, all that needed to be done was to connect my raid to my server, connect my cable box and my turn table. Once all that was done we did the audio calibration. That was relatively painless and that was it. We did not do any video calibration because to me it looked great and I thought I would wait until Craigs friend came over.
Now the TV looks amazing. We watched a few minutes of The Art of Flight. Holy Crap
. I could not believe how good it looked. It looked almost 3D. But they had that motion stuff on and it was making me dizzy so we turned that off. The video still looked out of this world. We have it in Movie mode. Today I watched Prometheus. Man did that look insane. It looked so damn good. The size is just right for my room. It fills up your field of vision with no problems. I still could not believe how good it looks. If looks better fully calibrated, I think it will be close to the best picture I have ever seen.
The Sound and the picture really go together. Now I have a "system" that fits my room size. I think at most 60" would have been it. Anything more than that and I would have been overwhelmed. I really don't think I am going to wish that I bought a bigger TV.
I just need to give another shout out to Craig. He busted his ass setting up my system. There is NO WAY I could have done any of this on my own.
There is one thing though. I may ask in the Samsung TV section regarding my TV but I will just mention it here. When I was watching the movie, a little blurb showed up on the TV asking if I wanted more info on the movie and stuff. Sort of like, click this to learn more. Like in a BR that allows to get extra info while watching the movie. I know it's a TV setting because my Panny did not have that. It stop about 1/4 of the way into the movie though so I don't know what to make of it. I will watch another movie and see what happens. If it happens again, I am going to assume it's a setting and hope I can turn it off.
But I just wanted to say that I am very happy with the outcome. As I mentioned above, Craig is the man for helping me out as much as he has. He doesn't even hesitate if I ask. He just does it. I find that incredibly generous of him.
Picks to come
. And maybe some more thoughts.
Originally Posted by MIkeDuke
Thanks Craig. Looking forward to your thoughts and please read this post as well as I am asking more questions.
It all went well. I am about to admit to something that I am not sure I admitted to before, but I live with my folks(it's really for their sanity
). Any way, my dad watches a lot of TV with me. So last night he wanted to check out the TV. First I just looked to see if there was anything on regular cable. I don't have a HI-Def box. I noticed it right away but the first thing out of his mouth was "why is the picture so fuzzy?" Now I saw it also but I did not want to say anything but the fact that he saw it made me feel better. I said "it's probably because it is regular cable and not high def." Now I finally understand why some people say that regular cable looks no good on a high def TV. It does look bad. I am wondering if I figure out the up convert feature in the TV if that would help(I was just told that this TV up-coverts everything anyway so there is really nothing else I can do other than trying the Soap Opera effect to see if that makes it look watchable.) Other wise, I may be forced to get a high def box. Now I am concerned about this because I would not know how to connect it myself and I would not trust Comcast to do that, so I have to try and figure that out. The TV has a little separate box with HDMI inputs? I think that's what they are. If all I have to is connect the new box to that, then I could probably do it. If I have to connect it to the Integra, I am not doing that in a million years.
But, all was not lost. We watched Ronin instead. The Robert De Niro one. He loves that movie. On this TV it looks spectacular. There was so much detail that I noticed. Partly because of the bigger size and partly because of the better quality of the video. He really liked the way it looked. I will also say that I did not get that learn more blurb when watching Ronin. I wonder if it's burned into the disk of Prometheus because I know I did not select it during my options when I was first ripping the disk. Maybe it's just an internet thing that I can control? I don't know.
I do think that it's the right size for the room. Now I just need to figure out the regular cable thing. I really hope that the up-convert feature in the TV helps(but I have to figure out how to do that) works. Because as I said, getting a HI-Def box scares me because I would not feel comfortable plugging it in. Unless all I have to do is plug it into the external box that came with the TV. That I might be able to do.
Anyway, that's update number two. Look for other updates that feature pics and what DVD rips look like. I hope Craig doesn't mind reading this update as well and commenting on it
P.S Craig, regarding the hi def box, can you take a look at this?
**OFFICIAL** 2015 Samsung 4K SUHD JS8500 Series TV Thread
start with posts around 7080. Let me know what you think and if we have it connected the way it's described in post 7084.
Her's a pic of the new system:
No... the TV's not cracked. Mike has these heavy velour drapes covering the window. There was a slight opening between the 2 panels that let light in. It makes the TV look like it has a big crack in it, but it's just light leakage through the window.
Mike, I suggest, (again), that you call Comcast and have them come out and upgrade your cable service to HD. (Ask if they have their new 4K box available. It was announced last May, so it may be available or coming soon.) Watching SD on an HD/4K TV is frustrating, to say the least. Comcast will bring you a new cable box. Tell them you want to use the HDMI connection and ask if they provide an HDMI cable. If they do, you're golden. Just have them come out and connect it to the back of the pre/pro in the Cable/Sat connection. I think your current cable box is hooked up there now, so it's a direct swap. It's just one cable and they should be done. If they don't supply an HDMI cable, buy one here:
The first one is a 1 meter cable; the 2nd one is a 2 meter cable. I suggest you have the tech install the box on top of the Integra and use the 1 meter cable. He should be able to easily run the HDMI cable to the Integra. The issue will be the power cable. I think he can easily access the power strip behind the rack, but he may have to pull the rack forward a few inches. The sliders are still under it, so that should be no problem. Just check everything before he leaves to make sure everything still works.
You could also have it connected via the OneConnect Mini, but then you're dependent on the ARC, (Audio Return Channel), for audio. ARC has been known to be less than stellar, and may be limited to 2-channel playback. That's the reason I ran everything to the pre/pro and then just the pre/pro "Monitor out" to the OneConnect Mini. That way all the audio processing is done in the pre/pro and just video is sent to the TV.
If you want to use ARC and the OneConnect Mini, there are some settings that need to be set. Here is a recent article that describes the process.
I have the OneConnect Min connected to the ARC enabled connections on the pre/pro and TV, so that's not a problem. We just need to turn on AnyNet+ in the TV and the ARC in the pre/pro. Let me know if this is something you want to use, and if you need help getting it set up. (If you want to stream anything, and you want the audio through your surround system instead of the TV speakers, you'll want to set up ARC.)
Watch this video through the YouTube app on your TV and tell me what the video and sound come through as:
When you call Comcast, ask them what HD CATV box they use, and let me know. I can look it up here:
and ensure it does everything we need.
One last thing... also consider asking Comcast to increase the speed on your internet to 25 mbps. That should only cost a couple bucks a month but it will allow you to stream 4K content. Take a look at this webpage: http://www.samsung.com/us/appstore/browse
It lists all the apps available for streaming through your TV. You TV is already connected to the internet, so why not take advantage of some of this. A lot of it is free. YouTube alone has a lot of 4K content.