Originally Posted by Halliburton
Just purchased the 77â€ A9G with Samsung HW-Q80R sound bar, Panasonic DP-UB820, and Apple TV 4K. I have some immensely basic questions so sorry in advance.
1) For setup, Iâ€™️m thinking A9G eARC to sound bar and UB820 / ATV / PS4 to sound bar. Is this recommended?
2) I know I need to test the panel after some usage. Whatâ€™️s necessary for this process? Any links would be greatly appreciated.
3) I plan to calibrate some time from now but whatâ€™️s recommended for A9G picture and motion settings right now? I have roller shades so the room is dark similar to theater.
4) What are some recommended settings for the UB820 / ATV / PS4 to function optimally with the A9G? For ATV, Iâ€™️ve read 4K SDR with Match Dynamic Range and Frame Rate on.
I know these are broad questions but Iâ€™️m here to learn and just need some guidance. Again, any links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Well, we have a very similar setup, so here goes:
For the record what i’m using is:
TV: Sony 55 A9G
Video: Panasonic ub820 and the ATV 4K
Soundbar: Sony htz9f (eARC)
I have the Panny and Apple TV connected directly to the A9G, and have the soundbar connect to the eArc input (which has worked flawlessly so far). Everything works smoothly, no complaints.
With the Panasonic, I’d suggest changing the resolution to 1080p when playing back a BD(1080p source) for the best possible picture. The A9G upscales 1080p to 4K a bit better than the Panny 820. While the upscaling on the Panasonic is fine, it’s a noticeably softer picture than what you get when you let the A9G handle it.
As for the Apple TV 4K: you’ll want to go with 4K SDR 60p, and Match Dynamic Range and Match Frame Rate both turned on. And make sure to switch on/enable Atmos in the Audio settings if you’re using an Atmos soundbar .
I’ve had my A9G for a couple of months now and will get it calibrated by the holidays, so in the meantime for picture settings i’m using the Custom preset with both SDR and HDR and have it set at the default values except for Brightness, which i set at 15-30 for SDR. 15 for a dark room, and in a dim room i’ll go as high as 30. But that’s really all up to you and your viewing environment. Also, turn off Reality Creation and Smooth Gradation for anything but maybe cable or DVD’s. With things like the ub820 and ATV4K they do more harm than good.