Originally Posted by WaterBottle
I have the 900e and have a question about upscaling.
Would the Sony UBP X800 have superior 1080p upscaling to the 900e?
What about the Samsung m8500?
Newer owner of a 65X900e here and I am glad you asked about optimal upscaling by various devices because I've had that same question rolling around in my head!
I have three options for upscaling standard and Blu-ray dvds from both a media server (unRAID) and the original discs, the X900e, a Samsung UBD-KM85c (costco version), and a Marantz AVR 7702 (not HDR, but will do 4K 60hz upscale) and assumed the Samsung would be optimal. Then I watched a video by Vincent Teoh (HDTVtest) who seems like a credible reviewer/tester and he suggested that the X900e should do the upscaling rather than the oppo 203 he uses as a source for testing displays. Before watching that video, I was ready to buy an oppo 203 and return the samsung to costco but have decided to hold off for now. Vincent's suggestion was a bit surprising to me so I started doing some informal eyeball testing (can't do side-by-side, but can switch inputs with the same source material) and have to say that the X900e upscaling, to my eyes, appears to perform as well if not better than the Samsung and the Marantz.
Originally Posted by Ricoflashback
Personally, I believe the Sony 900E does the best job on upscaling with a native source. Try it both ways and see what you like. I find regular Bluray discs to be phenomenal looking when upscaled by the Sony 900E. Incredible details and colors. Better than most 4K/HDR Bluray discs that I've tried and so much so that I've totally stopped renting any 4K/HDR discs and will stick with regular Bluray for all my player viewing. My Samsung K8500 4K/HDR player is now a paperweight in my cabinet.
I have to agree with Ricoflashback regarding upscaling Blu-rays discs on the X900e, they look incredible, even when upscaled by my other two sources. So much so that I've been buying more Blu-rays on steep discount rather than the much more expensive 4K discs (of course, the selection of titles is still very limited).
Sunday we had family members over to watch the first installment of The Hobbit extended version blu-ray and I kept hearing comments about how real it looked, etc.
Oh, and regarding an earlier discussion about brightness level, mine is set to 20 for non-HDR sources.