Originally Posted by asharma
Thanks, a couple questions...
1) could I just include a 4K disc player in the HTPC chassis?
2) how plug and play is MadVR? Once the right settings are set, does it ever need to be touched?
3) I have 30 FL in a velvet cave with a Stewart ST100 reference screen...everything pops now...does it really get that much better with MadVR in my setting?
Yes I have a Libredrive compatible 4K UHd drive in my HTPC chassis. Almost all of us who go the UHd route, use MakeMKV to rip the drive to our Hard Drive or to our NAS and then use Kodi + MPC-HC (or Zoom Player) etc to play back.
It take approximately one hour of pre work before you can watch the movie but then you don’t have to touch your Physical disk ever again :-) mine go into a large suitcase!
Personally I find the HTPC a lot more effective way of playback vs putting a disk in a blu Ray player. (Streaming vs Buying Audio CD in early 2010)
If you have 30 FL, then MadVR will do absolute wonders to your picture. When I built my HTPC I was skeptical - but then o watched Avengers Infinity Wars with and without MadVR and oh boy was the difference night and day! I can never go back to watching HDR disk content without MadVR.
If you have $1000 to spare - go with HTPC like my build and treat it like an experiment. If it doesn’t work out For you, am sure you can recover ~80% of your cost.
MadVR is totally plug and play once you set it up. Setting it up requires some experimentation because everyone’s setup and more importantly preferences are different. Once you set it up the way you like it you don’t have to touch it again. It took me about 2 days to properly configure it - including automatically changing Lens Memory and Color profile based on content and since then I only open the MadVR setup tab when madshi releases a new beta build.
A number of experts (Neo-XP, Manni01, markmon1, and others) have detailed how to and are very helpful if you have any questions
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