Originally Posted by rolldog
Well, I actually have 2 questions. First, I'm just wondering if the DVDs, which read "Mastered in 4K" have a better picture or have better sound than just a regular Blu Ray disk played on a 4k TV. Second, since most, if not all, 4K TVs upconvert, why would anyone buy a something like Sony's new BDP-S7200, which is supposed to upscale to 4K, access to Netfix, SEN, etc? If someone owns a 4K TV and already has a Blu Ray player (not this particular one) what's the benefit of owning this new Blu Ray player? 4K TVs already have a lot of these features built-in. Unless someone owns a different brand of TV, it'll give them access to SEN, other than that, I don't see the benefit. And to combine the questions, if someone were to watch Spiderman 2 Mastered in 4K on this new Blu Ray player, will it look better, worse, or the same as watching it on the FMP-X10?
I don't buy into the "Mastered In 4K" Blu-Ray stuff. It might improve (very very very slightly) some aspect of the PQ of the regular Blu-Ray (maybe I just haven't seen it) due to the higher bitrate... But otherwise, it's the same 1080p/24 format using AVC/MVC encoding (MVC only because of the multiview video coding needed for 3D flix). So in my opinion, I don't think you'll see much (if any) difference between the Blu-Ray and the "mastered in 4K" version. Especially on the X900 which does a magnificent job of upscaling content on it's own as is.....Remember those superbit versions of Blackhawk Down and a few other movies?, same principle, just with the Sony stamp on the end product.... and you see how well those went. Not bad, more of a placebo effect IMO..
I have a suggestion, buy the same disk, have someone load the disks and do a blind comparison of specific scenes in the movie.... Going to cost a couple of bucks, but it would put your mind at ease.
Edit: The answer to your last question, just my opinion, but there shouldn't be any question that the 4K version on the X-10 should look better. Hard to say right now as Spiderman won't be out until the 19th ? But either way, if you're seated at the correct distance, the true 4K should indeed look better...If not, then I'll be skipping the rest of this whole 4K revolution thing for good..lol