Originally Posted by KaBone
OK - decided to make the jump to 4K. Did my research & and the P50 recommended as best value for a set with true HDR capability. I just don't know if I'm doing it right.
In order for you to have any idea about what is good picture quality, you need to do some investigation.
My tablet remote tells me no HDR; maybe because there's no HDR signal to enable.
Your tablet is telling you about the signal that you are receiving. Someone else has pointed out some sources for HDR material. There are two types of HDR material that can be cast right now -- HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Your set can play Dolby Vision (DV) now by casting from Netflix and Vudu, and your set should be able to play HDR10 shinny disks in about 45 days if you have a player. At some point, after 45 days, you will be able to cast HDR10 video material from places like Vudu.
Please forgive my lack of proper AV enthusiast terms and acronymns or even the proper use thereof. I have HD cable via fiber with the box connected to HDMI1. I DVR the US Costa Rica game. Why don't the lines on field look smooth? They look Nintendo 64 jagged.
Who's HD box do you have, and what channel were you watching the US vs Costa Rica game on. Fox, ABC, and all ESPN channels are usually 720p. All the others are usually 1080i. All TVs and displays have to convert the input resolution to the native resolution of the set. In your case that's 2160p (4K).
I play a blue-ray disk with the player connected to HDMI5.
What Blu-ray player is that? Or, is it a game console? What disk are you playing? In any case, your player will send 1080i output for all Blu-ray disks that contain material recorded for TV. Your player will send 1080p output for all film based movies.
With the picture setting on calibrated-dark or calibrated it looks nice it just doesn't look like life with the vividness and depth perception that I though the LED array was supposed to provide.
Picture quality (PQ) is different for every source. It should look as good as it did on your old 1080p set. By the way, what set are you coming from?
I've never observed "life" in "vivid" mode. Maybe you're looking for more pop than more reality.
It has that faint haze that keeps you from feeling like you're in the movie.
Thats hard to communicate.
The most lifelike it gets is with the picture setting on vivid.
That's what Best Buy (BB) uses in there show rooms to go with the bright florescent lighting. Calibrated (in a light room) and Calibrated Dark (in a dark room) get you very close to what the director intended with well made Blu-ray movies. Everything else can be unpredictable -- especially live sports events. Your cable company may also be doing heavy compression on their signals in your area.
From what I've read in this enormously long thread is that calibrated and calibrated-dark are the best settings for picture quality.
I figured the upscaling engine would make it look better than 1080p otherwise why bother.
This sounds like a big part of your disappointment. Upscaling does not add information to an image that isn't already there. The best you can hope for with upscaled images is that their loss of quality is so little that you don't notice. We have no idea what devices you have that might be doing some of the upscaling because we don't know what devices you have. It sounds like you have a cable box connected to HDMI 1, and a game console connected to HDMI 5. Both of them may or may not be doing some of your upscaling and/or deinterlacing which could negatively effect PQ.
What am I doing wrong?
You're new to this stuff and your expectations might be off the mark. It's hard to tell from what you wrote. Exact details are a big help anytime you look for help.
Is upscaling something I have to turn on?
You don't have to do anything in your P50. You might need to change some things in your cable box and/or your game console to get better performance.
I went into all this detail because you said that your are new. The biggest challenge is to learn what is important information that you need in order to get help. Your post didn't sound like you have a busted display on your hands.
I almost forgot. Read post number one carefully. Most of it was written to help you get started.