Originally Posted by TravelagentRalph
I apologize in advance if I am posting on the incorrect forum but I totally love my OPPO 203, which I have had for a couple years now.
I have an extensive DVD collection....DVD, blu-ray, 3D and 4K movies. I know that the OPPO upscales to 4K, but am I wasting my money buying 4K, when the 203 upscales my blu-ray discs to 4K? Or, is there a slightly better resolution on an actual 4K disc?
Thank you so much, in advance!!
I think in the end you have to make your own decision here.
I don't think that anything that is upscaled is going to look better than the native target. So a DVD upscaled by a very good upscaler to 1080p won't (in my eyes) look better than the native 1080p bluray.
The same would apply for either DVD or Bluray upscaled to UHD 4K.
If a Bluray or DVD is particularly well authored, when upscaled it may come close, but I haven't seen one improve on the Bluray or UHD.
So in my case it comes down to individual taste. I have a version of "It's a wonderful Life" both on DVD and Bluray; a newly mastered from good sources and well reviewed
is coming out on UHD. I will get this version, since it's a favorite and looks like it was handled well. To me, it's worth the triple dipping.
On other titles, I may not want to make the upgrade, since they may not be as important to me.
So it really migrates from "is it an improvement to get UHD" (it stands a good chance of being an improvement in my view) to "is the improvement worth it to me".
Money is a factor, since for some or maybe most movies, you don't particularly want to spend the cash. I've bought probably about a hundred UHD movies, probably half of which I have in another format. I have a lot of DVDs (some of which are not in any other format), Blurays and HD-DVDs. They all get played. Some discs I have a version in all of the formats (Fifth Element, for example).
In the final analysis, you can buy a UHD, play it, if you don't find it valuable enough compared to your existing library, return it.