First, I apologize for the long-winded post that follows.
Well, I bought the 65" from Costco on Saturday after reading the rtings review and figured that it was a pretty good gamble at that price.
I have a few questions though, and I am hoping someone that is familiar with this TV can help me.
A little background first. This is the first living room TV I have purchased in 11 years. My Samsung HL67A750 (LED DLP)'s DMD chip was going out and I figured it was time to replace rather than repair (I bought it in July, 2008). So far, I am not really missing the 2". My receiver is a Denon 4311CI hooked up for ARC to the TV's HDMI-1. I have an Xbox One (among other things) hooked up directly to the AVR. The last LCD TV I bought was a small 23" 720p Insignia that I had in my home gym at my old house. Prior to buying the Samsung, I had tried and returned a couple of 720P Vizio LCDs (a 37" and a 46?") that had build quality issues.
The TV is hooked up through both ethernet and WiFI (I had originally only set it up through a wired connection, but you cannot do smartcast from a mobile without WiFi). I tested the wired connection and it was at 74.56 Mbps. After hooking it up to both WiFi and ethernet, I still get 74.56 Mbps (so no change). My home has gigabit fiber. My home network uses an enterprise-grade router/firewall with POE access points. One of my office computers will get 890+ Mbps when doing speed tests, so I know my network is capable of near line speed. It's disappointing that the NIC is so slow in this.
So, right now, if I want to see anything 4k, it has to be either USB demos or through one of the apps.
Netflix dolby vision is cool, haven't streamed anything from Amazon in HDR, yet, and youtube HDR is pretty cool too.
What this television does well, it does really well. The colors, contrast, detail, and brightness are phenomenal, especially coming from an old set. However, the color banding is really distracting now that I have seen it. It's similar to when I bought my first DLP with a color wheel. It took a few days to see my first rainbow, but once I was susceptible to the RBE, I couldn't stop seeing it and the set had to go back (only extremely rarely was I able to see RBE on the LED DLP). I'm afraid that I'll end up focusing on the color banding on this set.
I have run into a couple of issues already with the set and I also have a couple of questions.
1. When watching youtube, the video "Bulgaria 8K HDR" will have lots of audio dropouts. Other videos from that youtube channel do not have this issue (there are some great 8K, 4K, and HDR videos on that channel). It happens every time I watch that video, but I do not have that issue with other videos or Netflix. I have only seen one other youtube video that has had dropout issues, but I cannot remember the name. Could anyone else try that video through the app and through an external 4k HDR streamer and let me know if they have issues? I don't have anything else that can play the 4K stream to test.
2. Plex has major stutters when watching a blu-ray. I have been working on ripping my media library to an old computer now relegated to a plex media server (nothing is downloaded from the internet and blu-rays are ripped with all English audio tracks and subtitles). When I use my xbox one to play a blu-ray tv show or movie, I do not have any issues. If I try to use the Vizio Plex App to play a blu-ray video, it will play for about 5 seconds then pause for a few milliseconds, then play, then pause. It shouldn't be buffering (I've seen that before if I was trying to use GDDU to help create an iso of an old DVD while trying to play a video on the xbox one). SD content will play fine through the Vizio Plex app. Has anyone else run into this?
2 a. The videos are ripped to MKV and then re-encoded to H.264 MKV in order to keep the lossless audio streams and subtitles, but at a significantly reduced size without sacrificing quality. I do not have any UHD discs to rip.
3. Because I have been out of the LCD television market so long, I'm not familiar with what is acceptable for DSE, vertical banding, or color banding. What is a good test for DSE? What about vertical banding (I see a little bit of it I think)? What degree of color banding is acceptable (and how do I test)?
4. Has anyone tried an Xbox One X with this? If so, is the lack of DV for the blu-ray player a noticeable issue?
Thanks again for the help.
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