Originally Posted by Garth Jacobsen
I posted this over on the oppo forum, but was wondering if anyone here had thoughts...
Hi all, I understand there is a problem with the oppo 203 doing the the tone mapping for hdr to sdr 2020 conversion. If I'm correct it has to do with passing the whole expanded color profile.
Some have suggested getting the new panny player which seems to do a great job at discs, but does not have an hdmi input (I think). I watch a ton of movies on digital (vudu on a roku, or chromecast) that I run through the oppo input and have it do the sdr 2020 conversion.
Does anyone know of a device short of getting a lumagen that will do a better job of this tone mapping/conversion than the oppo?
My projector is a sony 885es and just watching native hdr leaves much to be desired....
You've pretty much identified the strength of the UB820 (its tone-mapping) and its weaknesses (the lack of an HDMI input, and some current limitations in applying its tone mapping to its onboard Apps, currently only Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube, from what I've read).
It is possible, although unknown, that the Panny may add Vudu, and enable the player to consistently allow the use of its tone mapping with all of its onboard apps, but there are no guarantees here.
The other approach is to use a different tone mapping process, with the Lumagen being one pricey option, the other being use of an HTPC with MadVR.
Another interesting approach, which may or may not interest you, lies with the new line of JVC Projectors. They all include what they call 'auto tone mapping,' and if this proves as competent as that of the UB820, would solve this problem for many of us, in that it can do the tone mapping for any HDR content, regardless of the source.