UHD looks amazing as well with the HDR turned off on the Panny.
Originally Posted by Erod
I've waited to post this because I've wanted to put my setup through multiple tests and sources before making a declarative statement. (Panny ub900 feeding a rs620 with a linker right before the pj; linker set to edid 8 with HDR set at disable.)
The linker was retired from my system. Yes, it allowed my iris to work and my gamma to stay put for HDR.
However, there's a noticeable step down in resolution when viewing bluray especially, but even Netflix through my Panny.
The ub900 image on the 620 with bluray is stunning. The upscaling is incredible, but the linker visibly removes the upscaling and gives a much more 1080p look to the movie.
Rogue One provided an excellent example of this. With no linker, it looks like I've turned on CMD (which I don't use), and the color and detail is sublime. When I add the linker, that added polish is gone. Still a nice picture, but not the same quality as without it.
UHD looks amazing as well with the HDR turned off on the Panny. Sharp, bright, and beautiful. Aside from seeing HDR and bt2020 pop up on the status screen, any improvement in image doesn't exist.
For this generation and with my setup, the best PQ is achieved clearly, in my eyes, by not using HDR and without a linker.
Anyone else experience the same?
Are you always operating with HDR turned off on the Panny? You do realise thats Rec709 colour space right? You will lose wide colour gamut when doing that along with HDR, so at BEST you are getting only a marginal resolution increase vs standard bluray...
linker set to edid 8 with HDR set at disable.
OK so this would ordinarily give you full UHD HDR and WCG. But where is the HDR set to disable here? Is this the check box in the linker to enable the DI in HDR? If you use this, but also tell the Panny to turn off HDR (As you note above), you are not getting Rec2020 or HDR.
You should note there is a bug which still turns on CMD on the JVC's without you actually activating it, and I encounter this bug almost exclusively with the Panasonic more than I ever see it on my HTPC. You could be experiencing this.Which IMO, probably also affects very slightly the percieved resolution and detail, and the linker may even be triggering it.
Are you 100% sure you have disabled all semblance of scaling in the linker settings?
I dont see any image deteriation whatsoever using the linker, and the plethora of other members would have commented as much by now if it were a widespread issue.