Originally Posted by Keith Ksenopoulos
Hey guys. Please amuse me. This is literally my first 4k dolby vision/ HDR. I really have nothing to compare it too and I've done exhaustive searching for a real case situation where someone has another expensive dolby vision TV that can compare.
As I have posted before I'm not happy with HDR movie content, its just very dark when dark scenes occur. I've come to the conclusion that it's likely the content but just streaming regular 1080p just seems better all together. The blacks are black but it's not so black where you are trying to find details in shadows. I rented ET on Vudo the other night, 4k Dolby Vision and it was absolutely too dark and I've seen it a million times so I know how certain scenes looked liked. Everything was set to full brightness. I keep hearing TVs crushing the blacks, I don't know cause I can't compare. I'm watching regular 1080p content now on Netflix and it looks fine.
Can anyone confirm this is just a thing for dolby vision content or is it the TV. Are we the bargain hunters and don't know any better?
If anybody has watched the same content on different TV'S in dolby vision I would really appreciate some feedback. I still have time to return it but I rather not.
Dolby Vision content can be very challenging for any tv. Many programs can be mastered as high as 4000 nits and tvs that dont have that capability might not render it properly. As far as I know no TV can currently do 4000 nits. Most do between 1000 and 2000 nits. The TCL 6 comes in at around 1000 nits, so its bright, but not quite bright enough to handle Dolby Vision material at its best. It handles regular HDR10 material brilliantly.
Some of us have found that changing HDR from "Dark" to "Normal" or even "Bright" settings gives you more shadow detail with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. I have done extensive testing between all three modes and find HDR Bright to have the best contrast between light and dark and preserves shadow detail the best.
However some dont like using HDR Bright because it slightly shifts the color temperature closer to cool than warm. The Warm color temperature is the more accurate color temperature and enthusiasts dont like a shift toward blue.
If you decide to change to HDR Bright, then change the Brightness setting from "Bright" or "Brightest" over to Dark. This gives excellent black levels while still showing shadow detail and doesnt reduce highlites at all.
Tech sights recommend HDR Dark and Brightness: Brighter, but as you have noticed, with most Dolby Vision material, its way too dark. The set can probably be calibrated to reveal that shadow detail (and thats what these tech sites do) but unless you want to pay for the calibration yourself or can do it yourself, the solution is HDR: Bright, and Brightness: Dark.
Give it a try and see how you like it. Do some comparisons between Bright and Dark settings using Netflix with Altered Carbon, The Umbrella Academy and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. All shows that have a lot of very dark scenes. If you can adjust your set to look good with those three shows, it will look good with just about anything after that.