Originally Posted by GregCh
Problem with MadVR is it requires an HTPC. Just too much work and inconvenience. It is so much easier to just turn on the satellite TV, stream from the AppleTV or pop in a blu-ray. Plus it messes up automation and makes it too hard for the spouse to operate. Ripping, fighting copyright issues, organizing, storing, and updating content takes just too much time and money.
Granted once you go to all the trouble you get a great result but in a lot of cases the blu-ray HDR10, tone mapped by the JVC properly is already a stellar experience.
Pretty much all this is true *except* the part about the HTPC messing up automation. In fact, I'd argue my system is more automated than yours *because* of the HTPC.
I press one button and my JVC projector is powered on, receiver powered on, volume levels are set, and projector fires up into kodi in movie mode ready to accept commands on the remote to start a movie. No getting up to find a disk etc.
I select one movie and the following happens:
- Movie is analyzed, masking is applied only if aspect needs it
- Receiver is put into specific mode for that movie or generic movie mode if a preset for that movie doesnt exist. Yes, it can change settings per movie. (Disney movies might get more bass etc)
- Projector is sent into correct input. Natural for TV and SDR movies, Cinema1 for HDR movies.
- If audio track is atmos an atmos 60 sec demo clip is played, if dts-x a 60 sec dts clip played.
- Masking is engaged as needed, picture moved to top of screen if needed, movie starts
- When movie ends or exits, all these things are "undone" and ready for next movie.
PC handles all of this. Not to mention there's no getting up to change disks etc.