Originally Posted by Nathan Bergman
Sorry for asking this since you probably have stated it in the previous posts. Just little hard to filter through all the above posts.
But what exactly are people concerned about with the Q90r not being fully HDMI 2.1? What will be missing and why is that important I guess. It seems to make it or break it for some people not having it from what I am reading, but at the same time the missing stuff seems trivial?
Thanks! I am looking to pull the trigger on the 75in soon.
Well, right now the Q90R isn't "any" HDMI 2.1 compatible even though Samsung had previously implemented the same thing as VRR (variable refresh rate) in the previous series.
For a lot of people the most important HDMI 2.1 features are;
1. eARC. This will allow you to connect a source directly to the TV or use the TVs built in apps and send full format audio (DTS-HD, Dolby Atmos, etc.) back to the AVR or soundbar. Another component of this which is rarely mentioned is that lip sync correction is a mandatory part of eARC. eARC is a big big big deal. It means that you can directly connect your output devices like 4K blu-ray player, game console, etc., to the TV to get the lowest latency possible, best video processing possible, zero lip sync issues and you will still get HD audio on your external audio device as long as it is eARC compatible (many AVRs got eARC compatibility via firmware upgrade last year).
2. VRR, this will allow 4K game consoles with the feature (currently Xbox but in the future probably all of them) to deliver variable frame-rate output to the television, allowing for higher frame-rates, less motion artifacts, frame-tearing, etc.
3. Game mode - allows the game console to send an HDR flag to the TV to tell it that a game is being played so that the TV switches into game mode automatically.
4. Higher frame-rate. HDMI 2.1 will have enough bandwidth to allow for 4K playback at up to 120 frames per second compared to the 60 frames per second possible with HDMI 2.0a.