Originally Posted by zeonstar
I have an LG OLED C8, and I set the player to OLED. Other than having the HDR Optimizer on or off, I haven't messed with any other settings. If I am being honest with myself, I don't really see the difference and am not really good at those things. Could be that I sit about 14 feet back from my TV.
I hear people say the UB820 has a better picture quality but I have never really known if they mean that in general, or specifically because of the Optimizer. If I was to A/B the UB820 and UBK90 side by side I could probably tell a difference and maybe even say the UB820 is better....but if that is what I need to do to "Notice" the UB820's picture quality, then I'm probably not attuned enough to need a premium player unfortunately.
Despite how I may sound I am actually disappointed. I still want something "better" than the UBK90 as it freezes on discs a fair bit. Hoping something like the UB420 or perhaps the Sony x800M2 may be an option once we learn more.
I have always called BS on people saying one player looked better than another. My PS3 held up just fine against every other HD Blu-ray player and I think the same is true of UHD. If you look at test patterns at one foot you may be able to discern differences between Panny, Oppo and the rest but anything beyond that is mostly just guessing and bias. The only thing that makes a real difference is if the player changes the signal, like the old Oppo with built-in Darbee, or the 203 with Tone Mapping, or the 820 & 9000 with the four things below...
The only things that set the UB820 apart are:
1) SDR2020 (which you probably don't need)
2) Tone Mapping ("TV Type" which may not make a difference on your display)
3) HDR Optimizer (which should still help with highlights)
4) Dynamic Range Adjustment (which should make a difference for everybody)
The Dynamic Range Adjustment is right below the HDR Optimizer: Options (remote button)>Video Settings>Optimum HDR Adjustment>Dynamic Range Adjustment>+4
to +8 (preference)
I bought a UB820 because I was displeased with the way some 4K discs looked, some came across as dark and generally unpleasant. If you never had any 4K PQ issues and don't see a difference with the four UB820 settings above then obviously I wouldn't keep it. It's the only reason to buy a UB820, anyway.