Originally Posted by epicoled
Actually I do not, just mostly stream Netflix, Vudu and Disney Plus.
However, I heard the AI improves picture quality.
My choice is still evolving, so take it with a pinch of salt.
1. 4K upscaling - Shield offers three kinds of upscaling.
a. Basic - sucks
b. AI Enhanced - I like this at times and hate it other times. After using this for a while, I found that it oversharpened the image. A friend who dropped by told me my TV looks bad. So, this is a hit or a miss IMO. My Samsung does a great job at AI upscaling, so several folks on this forum and on Reddit recommend to leave the upscaling to the TV.
c. Enhanced - this is the setting that works best for me. Seems to be pretty much same as the 4K upscaling that Apple TV already does
2. Disney+ App so far does not support Atmos on Shield (I assume it will at some point)
3. Last week, I wrote about how sound is so much better on Shield - it packs a better punch, explosions are more explosive and so on. After using Shield for the last week, I find that dialog/central channel is kinda muffled and other channels are louder. When watching Hulu or some videos on Youtube, ATV sounds clearer.
So, eventually, I've come back to using ATV more than Shield.
4. Plex vs Infuse
Plex on Shield does passthrough for Atmos, whereas ATV does not allow it, so Infuse will decode it to 7.1 - which still sounds great. IMO, Infuse works better and looks better than Plex on Shield.
Both are great and have their strengths, but for my streaming use, I've come back to ATV 4K again.