Originally Posted by ckgolf
Couldn’t agree more. Especially in regards to our health, we have to be our own advocates. My wife diagnosed herself months before any specialist would listen. They said it was in her head and it wasn’t what she thought. We had to visit the best specialist in our area and he proved her suspicions correct. She’s doing better and I hope you are too.
I would love to hear her story if you and she are willing to share? I would be happy to share mine too if maybe it’s similar, which I suspect it just may be. Shoot me a PM if so. Many heartfelt prayers for her!!!
Originally Posted by Raul GS
Very important point that sometimes gets forgotten (or assumed) in discussions. I am about to redo my media room and will use black velvet in the front half. 1% APL is a little higher than I would like. Dave suggested the .25% APL image posted was decently reproduced with the LK990 (I realize one person's decent might be another person's inadequate), that is one of the reasons I am looking forward to Javs' assessment and photos. As I noted before I like Sci-Fi films, so I do need the projector to at least be decent with material at .25% (i.e. not necessarily JVC great, but good enough not to be pulled out of the movie and to get a reasonable sense of the image).
If the .25% APL scene you’re referring to is the one from Revenant with the cave and fire by the river at night, I can tell you, at least with MY settings, it was awesome! I can’t see anyone finding it totally unacceptable and pulling you out of the movie. If anything that scene gave me goosebumps and made me get a tingle of excitement when viewed!
It seems everyone is discussing using MadVR, the UB820, a Radiance Pro, etc to tone map, but from my experience, as recent as last night actually, going from using HDR to SDR tone mapping and then sending full HDR to the LK970/990, you can clearly see the overall better and deeper image when using full HDR and my settings. Especially in the darker near black scenes like that cave fire scene. I know everyone’s just going to think it’s me being biased yada yada yada, but I am speaking from truth and my heart so everyone can get the best image possible. I personally think you all owe it to yourselves to at least put forth a strong effort in getting that to work first, with my help if needed before resorting to tone mapping to SDR. It just comes across very differently on these LKs. Maybe it’s their combo of APC dimming and other features that just comes together to make that work better, I don’t know yet.
I feel it’s similar to what we did in Audio when I was in broadcasting. We used Limiters and Compressors to compress and squeeze the full dynamic range of the audio signal down into the bandwidth we had to work with for FM radio. Sure it was the whole signal, but the lows were jacked up higher to be intelligible and the highs were pushed down to not over modulate the carrier and bleed into the adjacent signal. This meant that you didn’t have to mess with your volume control too much either. But when compared to listening to an audio signal’s full dynamic range with the low lows and high highs, it’s no contest! It’s just more realistic, and that’s how I explain the difference between HDR to SDR tone mapped and Full HDR with my Settings. It seems to maintain more of the original HDR signal that way.
To be fair, I haven’t played with MadVR so I can’t say how that compares, but I wanted to throw that out there at least for my findings with tone mapping from the UB820 and some playing with the Radiance Pro, but my whole goal here is to make it as simple and cheap as possible for the layman to get an amazing image, so that means at minimum the LK970/900, an HDFURY, a UHD Blu-ray player and a screen (for video). Having to buy an expensive Radiance, Envy or configure and endlessly tweak MadVR doesn’t fit this scenario, but of course it’s acceptable if that’s what the person wants to do.
Originally Posted by tnaik4
the thing is most companies can add features via frimware update but they dont so they can sell new products.
All of the LK990 features that the 970 doesnt have can be added via frimware from Native HDR to 3D to having smarteco and arguably the 1000 extra lumens, now the 990 couldve had an Iris but i guess that will be in the LK1000 if that is what they will call it or motorised lens and so on so people keep upgrading.
I think the LK990 has a new mainboard though. It has two extra HDMI ports, an Input 3 and loop out. Those could be just a daughter board I guess, but not sure how they’d implement the output from that if it wasn’t already planned on the 970?
The 990 does have a different feel to it altogether. It’s hard to explain now before any extensive testing. It doesn’t offer the 2.8 gamma that is crucial to my HV settings so now I have to find an alternate route and solution. I thought maybe the DICOM gamma was just 2.8 renamed but it isn’t. It looks like they did away with 2.8 unfortunately and don’t have custom gamma that I know of. I noticed their stock HDR mode uses their “BenQ” gamma, so I tried that myself last night and played with some settings and got it really good and close, but it still needs some tweaking.
I can definitely see why some folks have said what they have about it now, like Dylan and audvid, but I was able to improve that exponentially with a few tips, tweaks and tricks I know. This is what I tried to tell them but got all that closed minded pushback instead of open minded eagerness to go further and learn more instead. Oh well, I need to understand it’s their loss I guess. I just hate others seeing that from someone who doesn’t know it like I do, but acting as if they do.