Grabbed one of these on Cyber Monday from Beast Buy hella cheap because my X800 appeared to have croaked over the weekend. Dangit.
Massive step down in build quality, not that being built like a tank did the X800 any good re: not freezing up. What the heck is that wall wart power supply? Luckily I had room on the wall wart extension cord for it because it wouldn't have fit on the surge strip.
Biggest issues I've noticed in a couple hours of use:
- Lipsync is a mess. Watching YouTube app I found bad A/V sync issues unless I turned lipsync off on my X4400 AVR. However, when I started playing discs, I had to turn it back on. What's the deal?
- Why the actual [heck] do we need to manually turn Dolby Vision on/off? Apple TV 4K and XBOX can switch flavors on the fly, but Sony can't read the disc and switch over without perma-DV applied on everything? Leading to....
Originally Posted by morphinapg
It affects regular BDs and I think it actually looks pretty great
You may like it, but it's not accurate at all. After experimenting with playing Valerian w/o turning DV on (didn't know it was DV) and Skyscraper with it on, I popped in a normal BD (This Is The End) which I'd watched over the weekend with my XBOX (because X800 died) and the colors were drab and it had a low-contrast flatness to the image. Turn off the DV output and colors became richer with more depth.
I don't get why any device or program would want to cram down HDR output for EVERYTHNG. It's the visual equivalent of turning the bass and treble knobs up and engaging the Loudness button because "more = better." XBOX's Netflix app converts everything to HDR10/DV and SDR content suffers. Why can't makers just have Match Content options like ATV4K does? I run it at 4K60 SDR all the time (since 97% of what we watch is still SDR) and when some HDR content happens, it shifts gears.
I probably have fewer than 10 DV discs - most of my 4K stuff is digital - so leaving DV off on the X700 will be my default, but it's dumb that I need to think of it or try to remember to switch it in the first place stinks.