Originally Posted by EVT
Interesting observations. A quick question, are you outputting to a 4K TV? As I understand it there is presently a bug in the Shield introduced by a firmware update (that should get addressed) that auto upconverts to the native resolution of the display.
Although I haven't done A-B comparisons between my Dune players and the Shield, the picture looked comparable enough on my 1080p Panasonic plasma that I didn't feel like it warranted doing a comparison.
Have you used any specific test patterns or are you eyeballing it?
My projector JVC RS35 is 1080p only.
As far as eyeballing and patterns, it's both. I used the test that I quoted in my original post from Spears and Munsil see https://forums.geforce.com/default/t...-evaluation/1/
. The PS4 came out on top, with the Roku 3 second and the shield last. The PS4 passed the banding test, which the roku 3 and shield failed. The roku 3 is using bilinear filtering, the shield using nearest neighbor and the PS4 uses bicubic.
Also eyeballing I definitely notice the roku 3 is brighter/sharper and has more contrast. I've compared at least 5 different blu ray rips. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, I Robot, Avatar, Crouching Tiger, Sound of Music, Inception.
As I said before eyeballing it, it's pretty close. If I were to quantify the picture quality difference in terms of percentage/aka pull a number of out of my butt lol. I would say PS4 as the baseline, the Roku 3 as 3% worse and the shield as 5% worse. So it's a pretty small difference.
If didn't have anything to directly compare it to I would say the picture quality is pretty good and wouldn't have any complaints. It's like noticing edge enhancement, before I knew what it was i never noticed it, now that i do I can't stop noticing it!
I will also add that after more viewing time, I would say that the shield has more natural picture compared to the other two. Maybe I'm just so used to the current settings I do have which has a lot of pop and sharpness. My projector isn't calibrated, but the RS35 is pretty good out of the box and I'm happy with the picture it throws. I just prefer a sharper picture versus more natural.
The spears/munsil test result does make the comparison less subjective.