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I think I've found one of the limitations of the JVC Dynamic Tone Mapping. The Starship Troopers UHD disc looks like garbage at all Frame Adapt HDR settings. Even in Low level, the picture is too bright with lots of clipped highlights. The contrast boost also emphasizes grain and the whole thing looks noisy as hell. Using both low lamp with Low HDR is somewhat watchable, but it's still an eyesore.
Perhaps this is just a lousy transfer from Sony, but I recall being able to get a better image using the tone mapping in my OPPO 203 (with a lot of manual adjustment, admittedly). I didn't have time to try that last night.
I'd say that the old Blu-ray version looks better in general, but the Blu-ray had a bizarre problem where the picture suddenly became infested with edge enhancement about 90 minutes into the movie even though there was none earlier. The UHD does fix that problem, at least.
Other stuff I tested last night looked much better. I posted earlier in this thread that I found the Auto setting to be erratic and unreliable. However, the more content I play, the more Auto does seem to pick the right level more often than not. It may have just happened that the first two things I played were torture tests that tripped it up. I think I'm going to start using this as my default for a while.
I'm undecided about whether high lamp or low lamp is better for HDR. I'm still having trouble getting much "pop" in highlights with low lamp, and high lamp often looks more vibrant. However, sometimes high lamp just washes out the picture on my screen. There's no consistency right now as to what will look better, which is very frustrating.
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