Originally Posted by zombie10k
a short update - it's as awesome as @Manni01
said it was..
overall great experience so far, the SDR->HDR has to be seen vs. the Samsung, there is no comparison.
Panasonic -> HDFury (mode 10) -> JVC RS600 - UHD / SDR / BT1886 / WCG looks remarkable. I watched a number of UHD BD's and all were consistent so far with this setup. This makes hulk want to smash the Samsung for the last 5 months..
The only advantage of the Samsung now is the 24p streaming from Amazon/Netflix but expecting Panasonic will fix this in an upcoming firmware update.
There are also some sharpening tools that are very interesting to experiment with and have a bit of a Darbee / MadVR feel to them. BD upscaling is also impressive.
overall very high recommendation and will continue to provide feedback as I spend more time with it. I was holding off purchasing more UHD BD's until I saw this player with my own eyes, now anxious to pick up new titles. asta la vista samsung..
Glad to hear that.
You might want to clarify that you mean SDR BT2020 (gamut-wise) and BT1886 (gamma-wise). Otherwise people might get confused as BT1886 can be used as a shortcut for Rec-709/Gamma 2.4.
What we do is use the HDR to SDR conversion from the Panasonic (HDR set to AUTO) using the Integral to trick it into thinking the JVC can do BT2020 but not HDR (otherwise the Pana would send SDR Rec-709 if you switch HDR to OFF in the player), then we use a standard gamma curve in the JVC instead of Gamma D (which is not selected automatically as it's not HDR but SDR which is sent by the player), say a 2.4 preset or a custom BT1886 curve, to display the HDR content in SDR but with the WCG (so still using the BT2020 profile), most importantly with the DI enabled and the iris closed as much as necessary (I use low lamp iris -14 to get 45nits as -13 gives me 70nits which is way too bright in my bat loft!).
By the way, experts are not sure whether we should use a BT1886 gamma or a 2.4 power gamma when converting HDR to SDR. To me it looked like 2.4 would cause a minor black crush, so I use BT1886, but you might want to try both and decide which looks more right to your eyes. BT1886 is the standard for SDR on UHD Bluray, but it's not clear if we should use BT1886 or not when converting HDR to SDR. BT1886 looked better to me for most titles, but I might be wrong.
I'm busy with work so I'm not following any thread at the moment, but I thought this clarification might help. Have fun with the Pana, you should watch Lone Survivor and Lucy with it in SDR BT2020 if you haven't done so already, best picture I've seen at home