- Well the issue that I referred to was fixed yesterday anyway. If you have a dual band router, try connecting on the 5ghz band (this is the first TV I've seen that can use it). It has a shorter range, but it is less crowded and better for streaming.
- I dispute that DVDs can't look good in 75". Our previous TV was a Mitsubishi Laservue and DVDs look fantastic; near HD quality.
I guarantee the problem is part of manufacturers' mission to poorly encode new releases and present DVDs on their TVs in the worst possible way to encourage people to transition to Blu-ray.
That said, I suppose one of the default profiles may look better for DVD... or I might go with your suggestion of a second input. My BDP has dual HDMI, it might be time to take advantage of that.
The brightness set at 100% isn't my taste, but you can't satisfy everyone in a family. Turning up the clarity might be a good answer, but even reading Rtings's explanation I still don't quite get it. It's like the worst method of deblur ever devised. Is that really all it is? Higher = less blur but lower brightness?
- The ability to present HDR in the x850c isn't necessarily hokum. The only real requirement is software capable of it and a display with the ability to reach a high level of brightness. Like TVs only reaching a percentage of Rec.2020, the percentage of max HDR brightness is also going to vary.
That said, a TV properly calibrated for a Gamma of 2.2 or 2.4 and pre-HDR standards doesn't have as wide a range of brightness. You will notice in HDR mode, this TV locks you out of many calibration settings. So yeah, your whites may be brighter, at least brighter than you'd set them yourself.
I'm curious to see something post-converted, but I suspect it is going to be as ridiculous as the spate of 3d post-conversions we had last generation of TVs. It seems a distracting gimmick that will work best for new content filmed expressly in HDR.
Btw, the FCC has drafted and started testing more advanced HDTV standards to include interactive content as well as 4k. Still, cable/satellite will no doubt be first to the party.