Originally Posted by Menarini
-Scaling advantages on the X1U vs X1E on 4k tv's are very subtle, 1080p blu ray upscaling is a little better with X1U. But the X1U would only show a significant processing improvement on a 8k tv, sony has designed the X1U as a future proof 8k processor.
-Object based Super resolution and object based HDR remaster are embedded into the X1U processing and cannot be toggled. Reality creation is a feature to enhance upscaling, it's available in the settings, setting it to auto is a safe setting.
Thanks for the info! Watched some more snippets of films and some 720p movies look excellent, so maybe the upscaling is better. I'm comparing back to my friend's X93D which has the X1 chipset, and I think the X1 Ultimate does look better and I am also sitting much closer to my set than we used to sit to his. The Smooth Gradation and digital noise reduction is excellent on the AF9 which also helps with upscaling lower quality content.
-Live color is just adding "sony color" to enhance the vividness of colors, i have never preferred live color, but if you like it, you can set it to low, dont go higher than low. Object based hdr remaster is different from live color. object based hdr remaster is an embedded feature in the processing that analyzes the colors of individual objects on screen and adjusts their contrast. It just provides subtle enhancements in scenes, it wont make sdr look like hdr encoded content.
Yeah, I was doing a lot of testing with Live Color (set to Low vs Off), I noticed in most scenes it would just lighten skin tones and change as single colour or two in the scene - and these changes would make the colours more accurate, for example making the amber in a traffic light more vibrant, or making the red of a Coca-Cola fridge more pink-red (closer to real life).
So I thought it was actually improving color accuracy (when set to Low), however, yesterday I was watching some nature scenes and noticed it was also making the water in a pond greener, and the grass a more vivid green, which I am not sure is actually more accurate than the colours when set to off. Is the consensus generally to leave it off?
Some other questions:
1. Do you guys have Peak Luminance set to Medium or High? (when viewing in dark environments)
2. When watching non-interlaced film content (24p) do you have film mode set to Auto or Off? What smoothness setting do you use, Min?
3. What does the random noise reduction do? I leave the digital noise reduction set to Auto when watching any web videos or 720p/1080p transcodes, but have the random noise reduction set to Off as I don't know if it's safe to leave it on, or whether it will help with digital compression noise/artifacts.