Originally Posted by mutelight
The movie is from a 2K DI and Disney keeps flubbing the home theater release audio mixes, so the gap between physical and digital is narrowed.
That said, I paid $3 extra over the Vudu copy and got the 4K Blu-ray and 4K Vudu version, so seemed worth it to me.
Not sure which display you are using, the size of the display, your seating distance from the display, nor its HDR capabilities but all those factors can contribute into you not seeing much of an improvement over 1080p SDR.
: Well, the point I have initially tried to bring to the conversation when it comes to my evaluation of 4K, and HDR over the last couple years has come from someone who has lower vision then the average person, so 4K, as a resolution doesn't make the same difference as HD vs SD on a TV of the same size at a distance of 4 to 6 feet away and a screen size of 43". HDR makes a difference though. My strong point has always been audio, and that's why i'm saying with my current living space, ATMOS may have been a better investment for me then 4K, and HDR.
I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, and while I could probably do a 55" TV as my maximum size in the living room without overkill, and over crowding. I feel realistically to really get a good experience over HD would not really happen until I live in a place where I would have the freedom to install a screen equal or close to the size of a commercial cinema. With audio, that's much easier to notice differences. With all this said, I have noticed a difference between HDR, and SDR, but it depends on the content as to how good it is.
Let's take the topic of this thread for example, I have two Apple TVs the 4k model, and a 4th generation. Each is setup with a respective TV The 4th generation is on a 48" HD TV in the bedroom, and the 4K is on the 4k TV in the living room. I've been perfectly happy with the HD setup, and the reason, i got the 4K apple TV was more to have a second streamer when the ROKU goes wonky. As it is, I still fine myself 95% of the time watching HD, or SD content, as most of the stuff i like to watch on a regular basis, isn't 4K, or HDR.
I'm just keeping my expectations realistic here, based on what I've observed, and my experience in the professional broadcast industry. 4K / HDR still feels like a Niche standard, and the industry, and the average consumer is still on HD., or even SD. I just wanted to find out what the tech was like when I had extra money to upgrade, and while I like it I think I could have waited and still been happy with what I had with as I said, maybe just an audio upgrade.
That's also why I went with a sound bar solution for 5.1, which is a true 5.1 setup, vs an AVR, because from a space and esthetic prospective, an AVR isn't practical for my current setup. Not until wireless audio has more options and is more stable.