Originally Posted by Ronman79
OK, all. Need advice. I have the X770/RS520, and I need to know what I NEED to do.
1. I have the CMD bug, but can live with it.
2. I've done nothing but proper HD setup discs for tweaking contrast, brightness, etc, (I do a good job with basic controls) and I've been super happy. However I realize there's so much more that can be experienced.
3. I'm in a dedicated, fully light controlled batcave.
4. 120 inch setup, main viewing at about 10.5 feet.
5. 981 hours on lamp.
6. Software w29.2
7. Connected to OPPO 203, Denon 4300H, Shield TV, Xbox one, Dish, etc.
8. Have done nothing with HDR auto preset (satisfied with it, though a little dark on some movies).
9. Don't have a meter, haven't had pro calibration, no custom curves (not confident on process or whether I should/could tackle it), but I want the best feasible, investment/reward ratio I can get!!!
10. Where does bulb life (after initial break in) play into things at this point, and will I be good for the next bulb, if considerable changes were made???
I'm OK with spending money, buy I'd like the most value I could get......
Thanks so much in advance for the help!
My advice is to experiment and to play around with both blu-ray and 4k HDR discs and get to know what you like best in both and then get in a good calibrator. Depending on where you live that may be easy or hard, you may need to ask around. Then you watch closely what they do and why they do it and you can decide if you like their results or not. If we have no basis of comparison we don't know if something is much better or why it is better, we need a base line to begin with. We need to understand our own room and equipment, what they are capable of.
With 4k HDR it is much more complicated than with blu-ray because HDR has many more variables and everyone in the chain (and I mean everyone) is still learning how to get the best out of HDR, including JVC, Sony, Panasonic, Oppo, Samsung, Dolby , the Hollywood studios etc etc etc.
Fortunately there are many custom slots in the JVC's etc where you can save different setups so you can switch and compare with you favourite viewing material.
If we don't have some idea what our current projector or tv is capable of then it is much harder to know if a new model is going to make a worthwhile (to you) improvement.
The new projectors are aimed more at 4k HDR than blu-ray SD, some people seem to forget this. They are intended to make 4k HDR look better and that means making the tv's and projectors and disc players more flexible so that they can adapt to material mastered to 1000nits or 2000nits or 4000nits. If someone is not into 4k HDR then the new changes or improvements will probably not mean much to them. But if we don't have some idea about our systems it is hard to be able to judge. The big gun's here experiment and try this and that and learn from doing so. We, the average Norm's, need to experiment at least a bit ourselves, imo.
8. Have done nothing with HDR auto preset (satisfied with it, though a little dark on some movies
. Then try opening up the iris a little (if it's not already wide open) or adding a bit of brightness or something and see how you like it. That is how we learn.
In the end all these things are a balancing act which finally depends on our personal preference.
Experienced, competent calibrators can show you things and explain things that it takes years of practice and expensive equipment to master so they can be really helpful, both in the short term and the long term.