Originally Posted by imagic
It's Advantage with lies specifically with systems where it is providing a UHD feed to a non-HDR television. That's because it provides user-controlled flexibility in how you render that HDR to SDR.
If a TV handles HDR, and ni downsampling or tonemapping is involved, then it would provide the same picture quality as any other Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Basically what's important now is downsampling or downscaling or whatever is called for by the connected TV, instead of upscaling.
Originally Posted by fatuglyguy
this is really interesting to me. I have a non-HDR capable 4K display (2014 Sony X850B) that can do WCG (Triluminos). So with the UB900, there is a possibility I would reap some benefits of HDR? How would an HDR disc (potentially) look different when played back on my TV with the Panasonic vs. the Samsung?
Mark... I have the same question. I'm still on the 64" plasma you (had? have?). I'm guessing with this player, but with that plasma set, a UHD disc with HDR would look exactly the same as a 1080p disc? Or does that down-scaling find a way to provide enhanced contrast ratio/ dynamic range ?
Originally Posted by goksucats
While the HDR to SDR conversion is interesting, is there a demand for something like that? Ultra HD players are a luxury item as it is. How many people are going to be throwing down for a $700 UltraHD player when a perfectly acceptable $400 and $300 one are available unless they have a little extra fun money at which point, more then likely, they are the owners of an HDR set anyway? 4K TV's haven't been out that long.
It's something I would consider... I got that 64" panny plasma set almost 2 years ago, but I don't have the finances to upgrade sets very often... actually, prior to that plasma I was only using crappy hand me down sets... so this was a *massive* upgrade for me... I was stunned when I watched a movie on it for the first time. So I might hold out for another 5 years until I get an HDR OLED or whatever is the superior set at that time, but if something like this player would be able to provide a slight boost in dynamic range I'd consider it... but not for that amount... I'd likely buy a used model of this down the road.
For the time being I'm mostly concerned about getting more atmos titles home... but asides from that due to my tastes I'm not really in a hurry to get HDR capability just to watch films I'm not as interested in right now. I'm buying a UHD player from a fellow AVS member later this year/ next year so that will tide me over/ to get me those UHD atmos titles I want but can't get on atmos 1080p.
I'm guessing in a few years we'll start to see legacy content with HDR re-mastering + atmos... that's when I'll be itching to upgrade. I just hope 8k doesn't hit the market the year I get my 4k set though!