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Originally Posted by Larry Rosenberg
I've now had the opportunity to view Amazon HDR titles via my Samsung K8500 through the SEK 3500 to my Samsung 65HU9000 (also on my brand new 2016 LG43UH6100 and the same applies to that system). I prefer the non-HDR versions in every case (non-HDR is available on the TV app and my Roku 4). Simple reason is that the HDR versions are too dark. They may or may not be "more colorful," but the general lack of brightness makes the titles almost unwatchable in some cases and too dim in all cases.
So, since my primary source of HDR video is so far only Amazon, is it the panel not achieving a high enough level of brightness (nits?), it not being 10 bits (if indeed it isn't, I know there is a debate about that) - or is it Amazon? I've watched a couple of 4k/HDR Blue-rays and "Mad Max," in particular was stunning. But even these Blu-rays did seem a tad dimmer than others, although that may be due to my "BD-Wise" setting.
But the point is, for a technology that is supposed to extend contrast and provide a brighter white and a darker black, I'm just not seeing it. 4K non-HDR continues to look awesome on both of my 4K TVs (the LG 43UH6100 being the other). I mean truly awesome and I don't wanna' spoil the HDR party, but what could be the problem here? Do I really need to buy new top of the line 2016 TVs to experience it, or what? Thanks for your thoughts.
Try putting your Gamma on + 2 and your Dynamic contrast on Medium. Change it while you are watching the content you consider to be too dark. The Gamma + 2 is for all HDR content. Activating Dynamic Contrast in the Rec 709 era was a major NO NO but it appears in the 4K UHD HDR era with HDR10 it might be REQUIRED. Try it out and let me know what you think and if possible list your picture settings please.
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