Originally Posted by ray0414
Resolution is undervalued.
720p with HDR is lipstick on a pig. The overall quality is still crap, especially if you watch on a larger TV, to which tvs are getting larger and larger, so the resolution increase provides a future proof aspect as people get larger tvs. Of course I'm referring to native 4k rather than upscaled, which is also noticeable on larger tvs.
Honestly, I disagree. No reason to compare anything to 720p. We're taking about 1080p/2K, which is absolutely not crap.
HDR completely transforms the image. 4K makes a minor improvement. Even if you're seeing the full benefit of resolution, which most people aren't with their size/distance ratio.
Most people don't sit close enough to see the full benefit of 4K based on their TV size. Many might not even have a size/distance ratio to let them see literally any benefit in resolution besides things like chroma subsampling, and that benefit is there on every UHD disc regardless of how sharp the picture is.
I have a 55" TV that I sit approximately 5ft from. This gives me a maximum potential resolution of about 1618p. That's about 3K. And I sit at probably a closer relative distance compared to screen size than most.
If you have a 65" and you sit 8ft away for example, you're getting about 1195p, only a 10% improvement in sharpness over 1080p. Again, this isn't factoring in chroma subsampling, but that benefit is seen on every UHD, so sharpness of the material doesn't matter there.
So yeah it's fair to say that with most people's situations, HDR is going to be the much more transformative aspect of the experience. The only reason I think people are focusing more on resolution lately is that there's been a surprising amount of UHD content recently that had HDR barely any different than SDR. But that's a failure in the part of the studios. If you regularly play HDR games (which are almost all done great) or have enough experience with other well done HDR, I think anybody would realize that HDR is the much more transformative upgrade, when done right. One of the best looking UHD discs I have is Mad Max Fury Road, which actually looks blurrier to my eyes than most standard Blu-rays.
It's fantastic when you have good 4K on top of good HDR. Of course ideally we should all want both, but I would FAR prefer good HDR over good 4K. Good resolution alone will never be enough to sell me. To me that just screams that they don't know how to make use of the format.
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