Originally Posted by RachelS
The 820 is second to only the Oppo players and I’ve read some people prefer the 820 on OLEDs especially due to the HDR tone mapping feature. Wish I had the dough for it. If you have the cash for it, it’s well worth the investment.
For the price the LG UBK90 does a good job. My Walmart edition was super cheap (1/4 the price of the 820 on a decent sale). I don’t seem to have the cadence issues you seem to struggle with (sends exactly the same 24Hz as my tweaked Madvr HTPC) but I do agree, the features and controls are horrendous. I bought it for the auto switching DV support but I sure do wish I had more control over the processing. I have my dream TV though so life’s all good
From what I read, the 420 has the same processing-guts as the 820 and looks identical (at least what people are reporting).
The big difference is the price, the ability to do DV, and the build quality is better.
I liked my 420 so much, I bought two. One for the "rainy" day when no one sells good blu-ray players for my 900+ blu rays.
Samsung stopped producing them. Oppo - is out now.
Actually (two) players isn't my stopping point either. I've used up at least 5-6 players in the last 10 years from other manufacturers.
So "an extra one" will only go so far. My "arsenal" of SDR Panny players are still going strong. None broke. The Samsungs - R.I.P.
I have more movies than I can watch for the rest of my life. I just want to ensure I can watch them.
Of course, I'll end up having to buy the "HDMI adaptor" so it will work on the tvs of the future that have long abandoned support for blu-rays. (That happened with audio. You had to get a "phono" adaptor to hook up a turntable. But now vinyl has made a big resurgence! So I'm starting to see gear with phono inputs again).
What I've noticed with audio - turntables is that the middle priced market completely dried up when CDs took over
You could get cheap turntables for 120 and mid-range ones from 350-800, and then the top 2000 dollar ones like Linn.
Today, you can get cheap junk or 2000 or 10,000 dollar turntables. Nothing much in between.
I see the same future for blu-rays, only worse, especially if Oppo, the "Linn" of blu-ray players is done.
Streaming is compressed and I just prefer physical media - CDs, Records, Blu-Rays. I feel more "connected" to what I'm watching/listening to. Very psychological.
Others are fine "turning on the radio" or scrolling through streaming menus looking for their "movie of the night."