Originally Posted by Fastfwd
Well, is there any consensus on ownership with the M2? I got a basically entirely new home theater over the holidays. New LG 65” C9, Denon 4500, and put up 4 nicer quality in-ceiling speakers for Atmos/DTS-X for a 5.1.4 total system.
I bought an Xbox One X to supply 4k disc content, but no Dolby Vision obviously and I’m frankly not sure what I’m missing otherwise – sound quality, etc.
Now that the sting of all of that has subsided just a bit I’m thinking about bumping up to a player to match the rest of the system. I’m just a little apprehensive about the $450 for the Panasonic 820. I guess it probably does have the premiere picture quality for the price. I’ve seen reviews say to save your money until you can afford that player before you buy anything else to upgrade from an Xbox.
I’ve seen the inconvenience of the Dolby Vision manual setting, but have these otherwise been fairly solid or what? Is the audio quality on these better than the Panasonics by chance? I guess I’m wondering if there’s an upside to this player besides the $200 savings in price difference or is the value the best feature? I do have a handful of DVD-Audio discs. Audio quality is important to me, but the picture on that LG C9 probably deserves the best possible signal too.
For ME, I have the M2 player set to pass thru both the video and audio signals from a disc. The M2 with it’s twin HDMI signal output connections. HDMI 1 video signal output to the TV. HDMI 2 audio signal output to the AVR. This allows ME to choose between HDR or Dolby Vision video signal output Sony M2 to my Sony 85X850G TV to process. The M2 sends a lossless audio signal to my AVR to process. I really appreciate this option with the M2. As my Pioneer Elite AVR does not have the ability to pass thru a Dolby Vision video signal. This allows ME to experience the best audio and video signals currently available from 4K UHD disc’s.
I don’t understand the concerns with having to go into the settings menu of the M2. To turn Dolby Vision on/off. I don’t understand currently how an auto option would properly function. How would the player know automagically if I wanted Dolby Vision for this particular disc. Vs HDR for this particular disc. IMHO, one possible way that an auto option could function. Would be when the disc menu provides an option to select the output as either HDR or Dolby Vision. Similar too currently when you can select an audio output options of various audio quality contained within an individual disc. Like choosing between Dolby or DTS audio. Atmos, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital, DTS X, DTS Master HD, DTS, etc.
I have owned several models of Sony players thru the years. IMHO, for ME, I wouldn’t purchase anything other than a Sony product. Their upscaling of a DVD is remarkable. I am amazed how good they [email protected]
@k. The M2, like the 800 has a substantial chassis and you can immediately recognize this when you pick up the player. It’s NO lightweight.
To ME, I believe it’s more of a personal preference as to which player manufacturer or model YOU choose. ONLY YOU, can make that decision. My advice, Take a M2 for a test drive for a couple weeks.
Twin Pioneer AVR Locomotives-Elite SC 97, SC 1222 7.2.4, DOLBY Atmos and DTS X, (Front Pre Out,) JBL Pro Synthesis LS Series Speakers, F L R-LS80, Cen-LS, S L R-LS60, SB L R-LS60, 4 Dolby Atmos Enabled Klipsch R41SA, Twin Klipsch R120SW, Sony XBR 85X 850G, Sony UBP-X800M2, ATV G4, Yamaha ATS 1060 Sound Bar, True Depth Firestorm 2.0 3D Glasses, Harmony Hub with Utlimate 1 Remote, Broadlink RM Pro2, EYE Pad Air, Winegard FL6550A