Originally Posted by Dave Harper
Have you tried any of the German custom gamma curves, MadVR or using an Oppo's new HDR to SDR Tone Mapping that preserves BT2020. The Lumagen Radiance Pro can do this the best with its intensity mapping too, but of course it's expensive. I personally think the best upgrade quality wise with the easiest set and tweak time for the money is the Oppo UDP-203, but I would try the German curves first for simplicity's sake.
Thanks, Dave! I already have an Oppo 203, but just learned about the tone mapping settings (which I guess came out of a recent FW update?) the other day. Apparently, I've had the ability to fix my own problem since that update, and I didn't even know it! It's a relief to find, because I am no longer craving an updated projector since I realized tone mapping was an option.
I am using Mode 2 and 300 nits for bright UHD discs (Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II) and Mode 2 and 200 nits for dark ones (Thor:Ragnorak, Wonder Woman). Does anyone else with a 350ES have recommend Oppo 203 HDR settings?
One other question about tone mapping? How do you set it to preserve BT.2020? I thought the projector can only do BT.709. I guess I was wrong on that?
Also, would I see even more improvement with a Radiance Pro in the system? Would it be dramatic? If you think the upgrade would be big, how much work is it to get the Radiance Pro calibrated myself?
Finally, where can I find the numbers for the "German curves?" I know how to calibrate my own custom gammas, but need the target values to do it.
I don't mind spending money if improvements will be big and noticeable.