New 820 In The House! Impressions with 2016 OLED
OK, I received my 820 today from Best Buy and here are my first impressions. I updated it to the current firmware v1.26 first thing.
I am using it with my 2016 LG OLED 55C6 TV.
Note that I have turned Dolby Vision off in the player settings since DV can't be calibrated on the 2016 OLEDs and mine has a green push in that mode since Chad B couldn't calibrate it like the other modes. So I will be using only HDR10. Thank goodness it can be turned off.
The HDR Optimizer (set to the "OLED" setting for my TV) works well so far (tested with Batman vs. Superman UHD disc). I noticed clearly more highlight detail and color in several scenes that normally had blown-out highlights. It does not dim the overall picture. You can toggle it on and off while playing. Very nice!
I also found out that the HDR Optimizer CAN be turned on in the built-in Netflix app! You have to long-press the "HDR SETTING" button on the remote to get to the "Optimum HDR Adjustment" menu while Netflix HDR is playing. I have only watched Lost In Space so far in HDR and the optimizer doesn't seem to have any effect so far in that show. It must be mastered for only 1000 nits.
At first, I couldn't get Netflix in HDR at all until I turned off the setting called "HDR10+ Setting" in Player Settings / HDMI. That was on by default. Kinda dumb since who knows if there will ever even be any HDR10+ material!
Atmos is working fine in Netflix as well.
2 questions for the group:
1) Does anyone know how to get to the Netflix "stats" that can be shown in the upper-left corner of the screen on other platforms?
2) Does anyone know how to change the front panel display to read remaining time instead of elapsed time? I can't seem to find a setting for that.
The "Home Network" DLNA function needs work. My HD home videos would play but with no audio! They are just stereo 1080P files, nothing fancy. There's this really annoying on-screen message "Now reading..." that shows up every time when skippng manually between photos. Thankfully, it only shows up at the beginning in slideshow mode, which by the way, is clunky to even get to. If this doesn't get any better, I'll have to continue to use my Sony .X800 for DLNA (not to mention SACD & DVD Audio which the 820 does not do)
The "Net Service" menu (where Netflix, Amazon and Youtube are) is pretty terrible (as mentioned here before) and needs major updating.
I have not yet tested Amazon or Youtube.
3D discs play fine.
LG OLED55C6P, Panasonic UB-820, Sony UBP-X800, Zidoo X9S, Denon AVR-X3400H, vintage Carver M1.0T amp, Axiom M60v3 Mains & VP100 Center, Original SVS 20-39pci Cylinder sub, Phase Tech Surrounds & 2 Polk RC60i Atmos. Desktop system: Fully restored (by me) vintage Marantz 2275 stereo receiver from 1976 driving a pair of Axiom M2v3's, BIC 10" Sub.
Last edited by MarkyM; 09-12-2018 at 07:57 PM.