Originally Posted by curlyjive
I've had all three. If you are just doing straight HDR output and do not need tone mapping either for HDR or SDR, then I'd probably go with the 203 just because of the build quality. Their tone mapping is awful and they still are having issues actually outputting the BT2020 color space in SDR. However, most HDR displays still benefit from the 820's HDR optimizer, so really for most the 820 is probably the better choice.
If you need to SDR tone mapping or your display doesn't handle mapping well, the 820 is hands down the best choice.
The ub900 is good, but since there is really no reason to choose it over the 820, since it doesn't have all the tone mapping settings nor does it have/will it get Dolby Vision or HDR10+.
The UB9000 is set for October release at VE is taking reservations I think. I'd love to have that instead of the 820, but only for looks. I don't need the higher end audio section. So that's a call you'd have to make since it cost double the 820.
I agree 100% with this whole post. Just like curly, I have experienced all three players. The only advantage(and a cosmetic advantage at that)of the Oppo 203 was the build quality and maybe the app to change settings on the fly a little easier. Besides that, I felt it brought zero advantage in playback quality to the table.
It is tempting to pick up the UB9000 as my theater room unit, for the build quality only, then put the UB820 on our soon to be purchased 4K display. All this is assuming I can move some other gear that isn't being used, including my UB900.
Originally Posted by Erod
Has anyone else experienced Bytehoven's issue with HDR 2020 looking better than SDR 2020 with a projector?
In my situation, the SDR 2020 is REALLY close to what I get with my ChadB low lamp curve. It is almost unnoticeable on some titles and I get a little boost in brightness. If I move into my high lamp curve, then I think that does a better job with HDR over SDR 2020. It usually comes down to the type of movie. If it is going to be an active audio movie, then I can usually tune out the lamp noise. If it is a more dialog driven movie, then I will choose the low lamp SDR mode.
My room is very, VERY dark but I am still struggle with low NITS. Chad did a fantastic job with what he had to work with in my situation for the HDR low lamp curve. He knocked it out with my high lamp for sure.
I feel that the performance of the conversion is improved in the UB820 vs. the UB900/Fury combo I had used about year and a half ago.
Also, IMO, I feel like the studios are doing a much better job with the newer released 4K titles. They seem to be getting brighter as they come out. Not the catalog titles but new releases...