Originally Posted by zeonstar
I have the same combo as you, including a calibrated C8. After I had my calibration, my guy actually recommended I get a UB820 and so I did. The primary reason was for it's HDR Optimizer, which is basically it's Dynamic Tone Mapping. He said it was superior to the TVs version and I have definitely found that to be the case. I actually have Dynamic Tone Mapping turned off on my C8 now and just let the Panasonic do it's thing. All my settings are more or less on default.
My understanding is that the Panasonic players only perform Static Tone Mapping, based on the metadata in the source. And that Dynamic Tone Mapping (like what the the new firmware for the JVC projectors do) performs the tone mapping on a frame by frame or scene by scene basis by analyzing each frame of the image as it is displayed.
1) JVC DLA-NX7 & Sony 65Z9D, Yamaha CX-A5200, Outlaw Audio 7900 & 7700, UDP-203, DP-UB9000, UBP-X800M2, Roku Ultra
2) Sony 75Z9D, Yamaha RX-A3080, 2xOutlaw Audio 2200s, UDP-203, UBP-X800M2, Roku Ultra
3) Sony 75X940E, Yamaha RX-A2080, UDP-203, UBP-X800M2, Roku Ultra