Samsung 4K Player Update
I am finally able to get it working.
Before I tried using HDMI directly and indirect and neither worked. But then I realized that HDMI going from avr to projector is different from the one from player to avr. So I switched the cable going from avr to projector to match with the one that is going from player to avr and Wallaaa. Everything worked. Netflix/Youtube everything. Then I used the HDMI cable that was coming from avr to porjector and disconnected it from avr and directly connected it to player by-passing avr and it didn't work. So following are my recommendations to make it work
1 - Do use avr in the chain
2 - Make sure the HDMI cables connecting the player to avr and from avr to projector are of same type.
3 - Use HDMI 1 on projector.
3 - My HDMI going from avr to projector is 15 feet long hence the length of hdmi being 6 feet is not required.
4 - Following is the HDMI I'm using. http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14196
. It is an Active HDMI cable and costs only $20 for 15 feet. Save your money from all these expensive HDMI cables.
5 - Settings in Samsung: Everything is on Auto including Resolution
My impressions on 4K
Before I share my impressions, I'd like to point out that everything I play shows 4K resolution (3840P) with 8 bit. Samsung resolution is set to auto so I'm not sure why everything is being up-converted (including the 1080 movies) but here is the plus side. I like it. I like what Samsung is doing. More on in below.
First I played Netflix 4k Marco Polo. I wasn't blown away but yeah its good sharp image. Then I switched to YouTube and searched for "4k LG". I love LG demos. They are very colorful and they use black background. Played a few clips and realized that it looked sharp but dull colors. Hmmmmm. Went back to Samsung main screen and realized that it was kinda like shaking. When into settings and realized that Color wasn't set to Auto. As soon as I set it to Auto, everything stabilized. Then I went back into YouTube and started playing the clip. I just couldn't believe my eyes. I literally clapped my hands and started laughing out of joy. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Every next scene was like ohhh wowoww and then again oh wowoww. Ohhh no no no, I can't believe it. All LG 4K clips made my heart beat faster (seriously). I mean wooowwwwwwwww. This projector (RS500) is no joke. Everything was just so crystal clear. It made me feel like I'm looking at the tip of a sharp knife (if this makes any sense). My screen completely disappeared.
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with no problem. At first, I felt like the motion is a tad faster and I had to go into Blur menu and turn Enhance Motion to off. Then everything I played had Super Smooth motion. Like absolutely smooth.
Now back to the point that I mentioned earlier about having Samsung updating everything to 4k and me likee. Before I had issues and I mentioned it here as well that I see a lot jiggering with image here and there when camera spans. Well not anymore. I played The Hobbits and checked the scenes that were very noticeable. I can still see some but it is improved a lot. It is to the point that its not that much noticeable unless I am paying full attention to it. Also, the colors and everything just looks better. I don't know if its the up-conversion or change of HDMI cable but whatever it is, I love it.
Finally the bad parts. I spent a lot of time snaking the HDMI cables. Now they are useless as they are not working with Samsung. I don't think I'll snake another wire and will have to find another way. Also, I'll have to get a 25ft HDMI cable instead 15. Well this is not as bad as what I'm getting out of this player. What's worse is this remote control. Sorry, its not bad, ITS HORRIBLE. You have to stand right in-front of the player to make it respond to control. What was Samsung thinking. Really. Bringing first 4K player in the market with the worse control you can think of. Once I play, I just can't do anything when I'm sitting at MLP. Very annoying. I do have Harmony remove and hoping that I can use it with Samsung player???
I really want to play a 4K Blu-Ray but mine wont' arrive before March.
, where did you get these 4K BluRay from? Also, any idea why everything I'm playing is 8 Bit? Please note that I didn't play any HDR since I don't have any. If its available online, please do let me know (thx).
Well so that's it from me. If you guys have any question, feel free to ask